Tendering in the Creative Sector

19th April 2023

Tendering in the Creative Sector

The tendering process in the creative sector is similar to tendering for any other sector, however, the expectations of the buyer are slightly different. In your tender response, it is your opportunity to show your creativity, and depending on the tender, your artistic flair.

In this blog, we’ll talk about the tendering process, creative sector tenders, how to show your creativity and where to find creative sector tenders!


What are Creative Sector Tenders?

Creative sector tenders are specific types of tenders related to the creative sector, such as:

  • Graphic design
  • Creative writing (Marketing)
  • Digital media production
  • Website design and development
  • Video production
  • Photography
  • Music production
  • Creative consultancy
  • Branding
  • Event management and production
  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Interactive media
  • Visual arts
  • Cultural activities


How do Creative Sector Tenders Differ from Other Sector Tenders?

Creative sector tenders are different from other sector tenders in that they typically focus on the creative, innovative, and artistic elements of a project. The tenders may include criteria such as the aesthetic qualities of the proposed solution, the originality of the concept, the use of new technology, and the ability to create a unique user experience. Additionally, creative sector tenders often consider the impact of the project on the local community, such as the potential to create new employment opportunities and increase access to the arts.


Creative Sector Tendering Process

  1. Research the Tender: Before submitting a bid, take the time to research the tender and understand the client’s needs and requirements. The more information you have about the project, the better your chances of success.
  2. Demonstrate Expertise: Be sure to highlight your experience and expertise in the industry. Showcase your previous work, providing industry-specific case studies, and share examples of how you have helped other clients succeed.
  3. Showcase Your Team: Be sure to showcase the team that will be working on the project. Do this by including details on the qualifications of the team members, as well as any awards or recognition they have received.
  4. Outline Your Process: Explain your creative process and how you plan to deliver the project. Be sure to include a timeline and any other key steps in the process.
  5. Be Reasonable: Make sure you are submitting a bid that is reasonable for both parties. Do not overcharge for the project or under-price your services.
  6. Show your creativity: As you are applying for a creative tender, this is the perfect time to showcase your creativity through design. Show buyers what your brand is all about with bid design and stand out from your competitors!


Where to find Creative Sector Tenders? 

A subscription to Creative Tenders provides you with:

  • Access to all new public and private sector digital marketing contracts across the UK.
  • A daily email bulletin is sent straight to your inbox when new marketing opportunities are uploaded.
  • Discounted support from Hudson Succeed (our bid writing division).
  • 20 minutes of free consultancy with one of our Bid Management Consultants each month.

Here are some examples of the sectors we source opportunities for:

Book a free live demo with Creative Tenders to see how we can help your business grow.


How we can help!

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. 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 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.


Contact us:

Contact us to find out how we can help your business SUCCEED!


Additional support:

Do you only require assistance with PQQs or SQs? We can help!

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!


Discover Elite

Upgrading to Discover Elite can optimise your tendering efforts!

Our two new time-saving tools can improve competitor awareness and success rate when bidding for a contract:

The Ultimate Time Save Package (for those on the go!)

  • Five tender breakdowns per month.
  • Annual subscription to two sector-specific portals.
  • Dedicated account manager.

The Become a Pre-Bid Master package

  • All of the above.
  • Seven tender breakdowns per month.
  • Bid Strategy delivered by a Senior Bid Manager (minimum five years experience). Our Global Bid Director will manage the bid strategy.


Our other divisions:


Wanting to impress a buyer? Our creative content agency Vocal is always on hand to help!

Our Vocal team are never afraid to be heard – we’re a loud bunch!

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!

Vocal specialises in:



Our online virtual learning environment for Education, Enterprise and Home Learners is currently being used to power our platforms – Tender VLE and Procure VLE (Coming soon).

We believe in learning at your own pace, wherever you are!


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