The mini-competition

What is a mini-competition in procurement? A further competition, previously known as a mini-competition, is a procurement process in which awarded suppliers on a framework produce a tender that outlines how they can meet the customers needs. A mini competition is basically a competition needed to secure a place on a call off contract. A …

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Tips to make your tender for business stand out

A winning bid response is in the planning. Analysing the tender request should be among the first steps that is taken when preparing a response. All public tender requests, often referred to as invitations to offer (ITOs), requests for tender (RFTs) or requests for proposal (RFPs), have common elements such as: Outline of the job’s …

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What criteria do different buyers use to evaluate tenders?

The Public and Private Sector There are many different types of tendering procedures across the UK procurement landscape. In the public sector, within the UK, the most commonly used procedure is the two-stage tendering process. The public sector is heavily regulated and must comply with The Public Contracts Regulations 2015.  The private sector, although it …

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How to Write the Perfect Social Value Response in a Bid

Social value is one of the biggest buzzwords in the world of tendering right now and since the initiation of the Public Services Act 2021 it is a requirement that all businesses include a commitment to social value in their tenders. Social value refers to the benefits a project will bring to the socio-economic and …

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How to Win Government Tenders as an SME with 6 Top Tips

For a small business, it can feel intimidating or overwhelming trying to find success in the competitive world of government body tenders. It is no secret that lots of businesses similar to yours will want to win the same tenders as you and this is a big concern for many small businesses who feel like …

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Everything You Need to Know about Risk Assessments in Bids

For many businesses, the process of tendering is something they do out of necessity to win contracts and deliver goods or services for public sector organisations. It is a very valuable industry, and because of this the process of winning a tender and bidding for one is rigorous and this can be off-putting to many …

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What is a Private Sector Tender and how can You Win Them?

A majority of tenders come from the public sector, however, there are many private sector businesses that are using tendering to fulfil their needs. Private sector tenders don’t have to legally be published on Government portals. This means that private sector businesses will follow their own procurement policies to make decisions on where and when …

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The Less Common Types of Tender You Should Know

In the world of tendering there are lots of different types of tenders that are available to different businesses. The most common three are open tenders, selective tenders, and negotiated tenders. Two of the less common types of tender are serial tenders and framework tenders.  Serial tendering centres around preparing tenders based on a typical …

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Everything You Need to Know about Tendering in Scotland

In Scotland, the public sector spends approximately £11 billion in purchasing goods and services, a vast majority of this is through tenders. This means that for businesses looking for lucrative opportunities to tender, looking beyond Hadrian’s Wall may be a wise move as the opportunities are plentiful. Scotland’s public sector is overwhelmingly made up of …

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