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ITT, or Invitation to Tender, is a formal document issued by a buyer, inviting suppliers (vendors) to bid for the contract of works they are wanting to fulfil. This usually involves the supply of goods/services. For this reason, ITTs are the key to growing your business!
However, the pool of potential suppliers can be vast, therefore a step before the ITT is used. This is known as a PQQ or Pre-Qualification Questionnaire. A PQQ is an essential step for the ITT process because it weeds out suppliers who lack the desired experience/qualities needed for the job.
Note: ITTs come in many sizes and degrees of complexity. Also, the buyer may want answers to a formal set of questions (usually regarding a supplier’s experience), your price and the project type. Projects may be a one-off contract or a framework agreement.
The typical tender, based on Public Procurement Regulations and European best practice, provides the supplier with the following information. This is used heavily across the public sector and has been increasingly adopted within the private sector also:
Note: If it’s a framework agreement this should detail how many suppliers are sought for a multi-supplier contract.
Note: If you have to use a specific ‘tool’, make sure this is noted, and you’re not writing about a different tool.
This can vary widely depending on how the tender has been put together. This can include:
Note: These appendices enable transparency during the evaluation process.
Note: This list features only a handful of the data that constitutes an ITT.
So, you know the meaning of ITT… Now, how do you approach the ITT?
Approaching the ITT can be daunting, especially if you have never encountered it before and you don’t have a dedicated team for responding to ITTs!
There are at least five aspects to consider before deciding to tender… Ensure you can say yes to all five!
Now you’re more familiar with an ITT’s meaning and how it works, you may be looking for some writing support. Outsourcing a bid to a bid writing specialist can help you secure that next contract.
Here at Hudson Succeed, we pride ourselves on being bid writing experts. We have an 87% success rate and over 60 years of collective bid writing experience. We offer four levels of bid writing support to suit every business need. You may not need the whole bid written for you; you may simply need it to be proofread before you submit it. We can help with that.
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.
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. Tender Ready offers your business:
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.
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 it. This is a great way of improving your skills and understanding of how to polish your tender.
Do you only require assistance with PQQs or SQs? We can help!
Simply submit the relevant information regarding the work you need and we will provide a quote for the work agreed upon.
We provide support at all levels of the bid writing process, so if you simply need it proofread before you submit it, we can also help with that!
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Our two new time-saving tools can improve competitor awareness and success rate when bidding for a contract:
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From micro-businesses to large organisations, we provide ways to make your business stand out from the crowd. We can transform your bid into a professionally designed tender document!
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