Wondering How to Tender for Construction Work? Here’s What You Need to Know

17th November 2021

Here’s everything you should know if you’re looking into how to tender for construction work

If you are looking for how to tender for construction work, then you’ve come to the right place. We offer as much support and advice as we can. Whether it’s how to win with the right pricing strategy, PPQs, or government contracts. We are confident we can offer you our expert advice to answer whatever questions you may have.

Finding a contract

If you’re new to tendering, you may wonder what the first stage is. The first stage of how to tender for construction work is to find contracts and opportunities. You can do this by researching via online search engines such as Google. You may find it tiring to go through countless websites, so it can be better to try a tendering portal. We offer 11 sector-specific tendering portals for clients to discover hundreds of opportunities. They include:

Our portals are updated daily by our admin team so you will not miss opportunities. Plus, we don’t use CPV codes, so you can be sure to find legitimate opportunities in the right place.

Once you find the right opportunity, you can look at the documents and see if you are eligible. If you hire a bid writer, they’ll be able to do this for you.

Since you’re looking into how to tender for construction work, our construction portal is the one for you.

Break the tenders down

When you have the tender documents, you can break down all the work that is involved. This is also how you can see if your company are eligible for the contract. For example, if your annual turnover was £1million, you probably shouldn’t bid for contracts of excess £500k. You may be surprised at how many companies bid for work without checking if they are eligible. This is a complete waste of their time and money and can easily be avoided.

Here is where you can also make a note of all the key dates so you can stay organised. Using a bid sheet can help you when breaking down all of the work involved.

Writing the bid

Now that you’re ready to write the bid, you should keep the following information in mind. These tips are from our own expert Bid Writers, and it’s how we have a win rate of 87%.

  1. Meet the word counts to show you can follow instructions.
  2. Be organised so you get everything done on time. Rushing at the last minute will almost certainly result in mistakes and a lot of stress.
  3. Edit your work to ensure the bid is of high quality. You give the impression you are lazy and unprofessional if your bid is full of errors.

Do you not have the time to write a bid? Why not trust us to give you the tools to succeed?

If you still have questions about how to tender for construction work, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are always more than happy to help and offer advice to those who need it. If you would like to know more about how we can help with your bid, see details below.

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 the 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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