Tendering Opportunities: The Sourcing Process Made Easy

3rd May 2018

How to source tendering opportunities for your business

So, you have decided to venture down the tendering route and you’re looking for tendering opportunities. Tendering can be a great way of growing your business and delivering new projects. In this blog, we will tell you where to source tendering opportunities and how they can benefit your business. Keep reading to learn more!

How do you find tendering opportunities?

Tendering opportunities can be difficult to source and even more difficult to filter. How can we eliminate the confusion and speed up the overall tendering process to allow you to effectively grow?

First things first, let’s look at sourcing an opportunity. Type in ‘tendering opportunities’ into any search engine and you’ll instantly be confronted with hundreds of platforms. On top of that, you’ll have thousands of vast and irrelevant tenders. At this stage, you could begin trawling through the search results. You could, alternatively, spend time and money recruiting an in-house Procurement Team to do the rigorous sourcing on your behalf.

If this is the route that you decide to take, your team will spend hours searching for relevant opportunities. They’ll do this via complicated methods such as CPV codes. See our ‘What Are CPV Codes?’ blog for more information about this chaotic process.

This is where our portals step in…

Hudson Discover portals: Making it easy to find tendering opportunities

Our Discover portals are categorised into the top national industry sectors. Then they’re re-categorised into more bespoke sub-sectors to ensure that customers can easily access tendering opportunities relevant to them. This narrows down and smartens up the process of sourcing an opportunity. So, more focus can be spent on actually developing your tender response.

Hudson Discover’s 11 sector-specific tendering portals consist of:

Each portal is one centralised and easy-to-navigate system that can help you save time. This ultimately streamlines the process of finding tendering opportunities. Once signed up, you’ll have access to your own dedicated Account Manager. They’ll be able to answer any questions you may have about public sector contracts. You’ll also get an email alert when new and relevant tenders are uploaded to your sector.

A subscription to one of our industry-specific portals will include:

  • Unlimited portal access. You can browse your industry’s portal to your heart’s content. See the hundreds of opportunities that are available, intuitively categorised, and easily accessible.
  • A daily email bulletin. When you sign up to a portal, you can choose the specific areas in which you’d like to tender. Then, a daily bulletin tender notification is created for you. It includes all the relevant opportunities that have been posted to the portal that day, straight to your inbox.
  • A dedicated Account Manager. They’ll handle any questions or queries you may have about the portal.
  • A free 20-minutes phone consultation with a Bid Writer. Our expert Bid Consultants will chat with you for 20-minutes about anything tender related.

Discover Elite

If you want to streamline the process even further, you can sign up to Discover Elite via your chosen portal. With this service, a dedicated Account Manager will find live bids and tendering opportunities on your behalf. They’ll speak with you weekly to discuss opportunities that may interest you. This is especially helpful for those with little time to spare due to busy schedules.

How it works

For example, a PR and marketing agency may wish to find a buyer seeking advertising services. They could simply login to Creative Tenders and filter the keywords, such as ‘PR’, ‘Marketing,’ ‘Advertising’. Then, they would instantly view hundreds of specific tendering opportunities in those sectors.

But why stop there? Don’t buyers also deserve the same, easy, time-saving process?

Let’s say a hotel is in need of contents insurance. The company could advertise this opportunity on our Finance Tenders platform and target those in the Insurance sector. The buyer then has instant access to potential suppliers who are actively seeking to deliver work.

Don’t waste time sourcing tendering opportunities any longer! CLICK HERE to speak to an Account Manager today about how your business can benefit from our sector-specific platforms.

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What opportunities can I expect from a tender search on one of the above portals?

We host all kinds of tenders in both the public and private sectors. These are inclusive of, but aren’t limited to:

What are the benefits of bidding for tendering opportunities?

For those that are new to tendering, you may wonder why businesses carry out this process. Here are a few of the ways that bidding for tendering opportunities can benefit your business:

1.    Guaranteed pay (public sector)

One of the biggest benefits in the public sector is guaranteed pay. Public organisations are bound by their contractual agreements to pay the awarded supplier.

2.    The government wants to award SMEs

The UK government actively aims to award contracts to SMEs. This is so that they are not discouraged from tendering for work. They want to ensure that small businesses stand as much of a chance to succeed as possible.

3.    Gain experience

You can gain a lot of experience by carrying out contracts. Each one is essentially another case study you can use to help you secure another contract. The more experience your business has, the more likely they are to be trusted with contracts.

4.    Make contacts

You can expand your contacts list by successfully carrying out contracts. If you do a great job, you’ll likely be recommended. This is a great way of building a respectable reputation.


So, let’s recap what we covered about tendering opportunities.

How do you find tendering opportunities?

You can find tendering opportunities by using one of Hudson Discover’s 11 sector-specific portals. These portals are a method of easily finding tenders through the use of relevant filters.

What opportunities can I expect from a tender search on one of the Hudson Discover portals?

What are the benefits of bidding for tendering opportunities?

  • Guaranteed pay (public sector)
  • The government wants to award SMEs
  • Gain experience
  • Make contacts.

Do you still have questions about tendering opportunities? Contact us to see how our team can help you!

What other support is available?

Need help with writing bids for tendering opportunities?

Now you may be wondering how to write a bid. Well, luckily for you, our Hudson Succeed Division are experts in bid writing.

They have over 60 years of bid writing experience and an 87% success rate. Whether you’re completely new to tendering or aren’t seeing results – they can help. There are four bid writing packages available:

Once you’ve found a tender you’d like to go for, send it over to us. One of our Bid Writers will write the tender response for you. They’ll provide a full Tender Writing breakdown and even submit it on your behalf.

Tender Mentor can give your tender response a once over before you submit. The Bid Writing Team will analyse your response, notifying you of any errors prior to submission.

A 4-week programme for those who have never tendered before. The programme will develop your branded corporate literature and case studies. Our team will advise you on what tendering opportunities you should go for and guide you through your tendering response.

The Tender Improvement package can help those who have tendered before but aren’t seeing results. Our Bid Writers will assess your previous responses and work with you to develop improved content.

Get in touch to find out how we can help your business grow.


Our support doesn’t end there! Our creative content agency, Vocal, are on hand to help.

The Vocal Team are not afraid to stand up and be heard. And we make sure our clients aren’t either! From small, micro-businesses to large organisations, we are vocal about the things that make your business unique.

Our creative service is dedicated to growing your business through striking and thought-provoking content. Our team specialise in six areas, including:

If you’d like to know more about what we can do for your business, introduce yourself to the team!

Contact us today to find out more.

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