Business Link Tendering Advice

Tendering for a contract

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Submitting a tender is common for businesses supplying goods or services to other businesses or to the public sector.

At a basic level you expect to quote for a job or write a letter saying why you should be given the business. More formal tenders are often required for bigger jobs or for supply contracts spread over time. Public sector work in particular has specific tendering processes. This applies to customers ranging from your local council or hospital to a central government department.

Even if you don't win the particular piece of work, writing a tender can clarify your aims, strengths and weaknesses and you can learn for the future by asking for feedback on your bid. Tendering raises your profile with the customer and helps you learn about customers' needs.

Please select the links below to access further information from Business Link on how to identify potential contracts, what to include in your tender and how to write it to have the best chance of success.

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