Below are the questions most commonly asked by our customers. If your query is not answered here, please get in touch and a consultant will help you.
Probably the question we get asked most frequently, but a bit of a red herring.
It is true that we work with all kinds of companies in all industry sectors, so it is likely we will have worked on a bid similar to the one you want to go for.
However, we don’t believe this is key to success. We are bid management experts, but we depend on your subject matter expertise. Collaboration which draws on both areas of expertise – yours and ours – is the key ingredient to any bid’s success.
We don’t need to have worked in your sector before to collaborate well with you.
We don’t offer fixed rates – the cost of any submission will depend on the size and complexity of the tender document or funding application and how much support you would like from us.
We therefore ask you to send the documentation to us so one of our experienced bid managers can review it.
Once we’ve reviewed the documentation, we’ll be able to give you a no-obligation quote based exactly on your requirements.
No. We are providing a bid writing and management service – not guaranteeing we will win the tender or funding award for you.
We can guarantee to represent your company in its best possible light according to the tender criteria, based on the information you give us.
What we can’t guarantee is the competition you are up against. If there are other tenders submitted by companies that more closely match the tender requirements that are equally well written and presented this will affect your chance of winning and is not something we can control (much as we would like to!).
Absolutely not; not if we are already working with you on the same submission. Confidentiality and professionalism are paramount; once we have agreed to represent you, we have a duty to inform any new clients that we are already working on a bid for that particular tender and refuse to accept their commission.
Some firms advertise win rates in the nineties on their website, but we believe there is the potential for these figures to be misleading – leaving aside the need for constant re-evaluation! We therefore do not publish our win rate. The majority of the bids we work on are successful, but we don’t offer any guarantees.
Sometimes clients will contact us and ask us to work with them on a highly speculative bid. If we feel, having reviewed the documentation, that there are serious gaps we will highlight these to you and be honest about your chances of success.
However, we have had clients who have accepted this advice but requested that we work with them on a speculative bid anyway. We do occasionally succeed in helping our clients win such a bid – but inevitably including such bids when calculating win rates would make figures in the high nineties completely unrealistic.
No, but we do help you maximise your chances of success.
Our tips for success include:
For our part, we will respond quickly and be available to answer queries when you need us.
We will share our knowledge so you have greater skills and confidence going into the next tendering process.
We will help you ensure that your bid is as good as it could be.
If you submit bids regularly, we offer an option to sign-up to a monthly retainer so you can draw on our bid management and consultancy expertise throughout the year, whenever you need us. This is a cost-effective way of securing our services and ensuring you have access to our team’s expertise whenever you need it.