How to Find a Tender: Tips from Tender Experts

12th January 2022

Here’s all the information you need on how to find a tender

So, you are wondering how to find a tender. You may be wondering where to begin. Hudson Succeed is here to help! We have decades of experience and an 87% success rate, so we’re confident we can help you.

Let’s dive right into how to find a tender.

What are tenders?

For those who may be unfamiliar, we thought we would briefly cover what tenders actually are. When a company needs work done that they cannot provide themselves, they will often outsource the work. This means they will invite other companies to bid for a contract. This is the practice of tendering for work. The suppliers will produce documents on why they are most suitable to carry out the work. The buyer will then consider the suppliers and look for the most economically advantageous tender. Often times, a single tender can provide years of work for a supplier.

Where to find a tender

Now, the reason you’re here. How do you find a tender?

Well, a simple search on a search engine such as Google can do the trick. You’ll be able to find countless websites with information on tender opportunities. However, this can be a tedious stage. It can take hours to scour through so many websites. Not to mention they will all display information differently. So, you might have to read through long documents to find a deadline date. If the date is too close and you don’t have time to bid, you have wasted all that time.

We recognised this issue, so we created 11 sector-specific portals to help suppliers find opportunities. By using our portals, you can streamline the process when trying to find a tender.

How do our portals work?

When you’re using our portals to find a tender, you can select filters to adjust your search. You can choose the location of opportunities, their budget, and see their deadline date. These portals can save you hours of time and frustration. You can also use keywords to find the exact work you’re looking for.

We don’t use CPV codes. So, you can rest assured that the opportunities on our portal are legitimate and listed correctly. Our admin team update the portals daily, so you can check frequently for opportunities.

Our portals consist of:

How to win a tender

When you have managed to find a tender, you may then wonder how to win it. There are two ways you can then go about the tender. If you have the time and you’re confident in your abilities, you may want to write the bid yourself. However, if you are busy running your business and can’t spare the time, why not hire a Bid Writer?

How can a Bid Writer help you?

If you are considering turning to a Bid Writer, you may want to know how they can benefit you.

Firstly, Bid Writers have experience writing winning bids. They know what it takes to appeal to buyers and persuade them in their favour. They have excellent communication and writing skills. Plus, their bid management abilities are essential for success. They know how to break down a tender and manage the workload efficiently. You can rest assured your bid will be done on time. Plus, it will be of the highest standard when relying on tender services.

What skills are required to win a tender?

Whether you hire a Bid Writer or write the bid yourself, here’s what is required to win:

  1. Excellent writing and communication skills

For a bid to be successful, you need excellent writing and communication skills. You need to be able to clearly convey concepts and ideas without confusing the reader. You also need to be able to persuade them that you are the best fit for the contract.

  1. Bid management abilities

Bid management is crucial for success. You need to be able to break the tender down and manage the workload. If you don’t, you can feel overwhelmed and will almost certainly miss important details. You could even end up not getting the bid finished in time for the deadline. Rushing a bid will almost certainly result in mistakes, and this could cost you the bid.

  1. Proofreading and editing mastery

As mentioned above, mistakes can cost you the bid. A buyer does not want to see any kind of errors within your bid. This will give the impression you are not thorough with your work. Why would they want to hire you if you do not ensure your bid is of the highest standard?

Summary

So, now you know all you need to on how to find a tender. Let’s recap what we have covered so nothing is forgotten!

What are tenders?

Tenders are opportunities for work. A supplier can bid for a contract from another company to carry out their required work. Tendering is the process of suppliers bidding for the contract by showing why they are the most suitable.

How to find a tender

You can use our tender portals to find a tender. We created our portals to streamline the process, making it easier for businesses to find opportunities.

Our portals consist of:

How to win a tender

There are certain skills required to win a tender. You may choose to write your bid, or you can turn to a Bid Writer. A Bid Writer can help by taking the stress out of the process and handling the entire workload for you. They also have the experience of conducting many bids. So, they can use their expert knowledge to increase your chances of success.

Whether you hire a Bid Writer or write the bid yourself, here’s what is required to win:

  1. Excellent writing and communication skills
  2. Bid management abilities
  3. Proofreading and editing mastery.

Still have questions about how to find a tender? Why not contact us? We will be more than happy to help!

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Our services

Tender Writing

Once you’ve found the perfect bid for your business, send it our way. Our Bid Writers can take care of the whole thing for you they’ll even submit it on your behalf. They’ll let you know what they need from you, providing you with a full Tender Writing breakdown.

Tender Ready

Our Tender Ready 4-week programme is perfect for businesses that have never tendered before. A Bid Writer will work with you to ensure you have everything in place to tender successfully. They can also help you better understand the tendering process. Tender Ready offers your business:

  • A 12-month subscription to one Hudson Discover.
  • Access to Global Bid Directors and Senior Bidding Professionals.
  • An Organisation-wide Bid library, including 3 case studies, 5 CVs and policies.
  • Additional flexible benefits.

Tender Improvement

If you’ve been tendering but aren’t seeing success from your current efforts, our Tender Improvement package can help. Our Bid Team will assess your previous responses and tender documents. They will work with you to improve for future submissions. This package includes a 12-month subscription to a Hudson Discover portal and additional tendering development services.

Tender Mentor

If you’ve written your own tender response and need it double-checked for errors, Tender Mentor can help. A Bid Writer will proofread your work for any inconsistencies, grammar or spelling mistakes. They will also ensure it’s in line with the specification before you submit. This can help you formulate a winning submission.

Additional support

If you only need assistance with PQQs or SQs we can help. Send the information over to us and we can provide you with a quote for the work involved.

Discover Elite

Upgrading to Discover Elite can help optimise your tendering efforts – even when you’re busy. Our two new time-saving tools can improve your competitor awareness and success rate when bidding for a contract.

The Ultimate Time Saver package offers your business:

  • A maximum of five tender breakdowns per month.
  • An annual subscription to a maximum of two Hudson Discover sector-specific portals. This option can help businesses that overlap two industries such as Healthcare and Technology, for example.
  • Pre-market and award engagement notices monitored on your behalf.
  • Buyer portal management, including registration, password management, downloading documents and assessing viability based on your bid or no-bid strategy.
  • Weekly phone calls with your dedicated Account Manager to discuss viable tendering opportunities.

The Become a Pre-Bid Master package also includes:

  • All of the above.
  • Up to seven tender breakdowns per month.
  • Bid Strategy delivered by a Senior Bid Manager with a minimum of 5 years of experience. It will also be managed by our Global Bid Director.

Contact us to find out how we can help your business grow.

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