Bidding for a Construction Tender

Construction worker

If you’re a contractor or another member of the construction industry, it’s likely that many of your bigger projects are attained as result of bidding for a tender. Most companies, organisations, and institutions have policies in place concerning how they distribute construction contracts. These are intended to provide a fair bidding system and provide transparency and value for money for their shareholders.

So how do you go about bidding for a construction tender and how can a tender writing service help you with the process?

Finding a contract

At any given time, there are plenty of construction jobs being put up to tender, but finding them will be down to you and your team. By definition, free tenders need to be made available to all, so you can often find them by searching on Google. A more time-efficient way is to use a tender portal or view our live tenders, which aggregates a wide variety of published tenders into a single page for your convenience.

Break the tenders down

Once you’ve found a job that you’re interested in, you need to make sure you can handle it. This involves going through the tender documents in detail and breaking them down into their constituent parts. Check out the requirements for the job and decide whether your company is up to the task. Do you have the manpower and tools to deliver the level of work they want to an acceptable standard? Is there room in your schedule to complete the job in a timely manner? Do you have the relevant experience and skill sets to accomplish the task in hand?

Writing the bid

This is the tricky part – which is why many contractors make use of a tender writing service. Think of a bid like any kind of job application – you need to demonstrate in writing that you can meet each of the requirements detailed in the tender.

These are some of our top tips, as experienced professionals in the bid writing business:

Ensure you meet the word count: this is a simple way to show that you can follow instructions.
Be organised: don’t leave writing the bid until the last minute. Not only does this increase the risk of making a mistake, it can look bad if your bid arrives at the last possible minute.
Follow your breakdown: each step you identified in your breakdown should be addressed within the bid itself, with evidence that you are able to meet the key points within a timescale.
Edit and revise: never trust your first draft. Make multiple passes over the bid to make sure the spelling, grammar, and general structure looks good and reads well.

If you need assistance in preparing your bid from professional tender writers, get in touch with Your Tender Team today by calling 0116 218 2700. A member of our team will be happy to walk you through our process and show what we can do to help you.

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