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The Women in Bids launch event is taking place this Wednesday in NG Bailey’s Angel office. It promises to be an informative evening, with the group outlining its plans and targets, as well as discussing what we can do to tackle challenges in our careers. There will also be plenty of networking opportunities and the Bid Solutions team will be in attendance, so please do come and say hello!

 

To join the group, follow this link: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12101608

 

Our latest Permanent Opportunities this week include: 

 

Senior Proposal Writer Vacancy with a financial services firm based in London (with some homeworking). Salary up to £60k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16877

 

Senior Bid Manager Role working for global material handling manufacturer, based in Frimley. Salary up to £55k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16885

 

Senior Proposal Manager Position on a 12 Month FTC for our client based in London. Salary up to £50k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16880

 

Bid Manager (12 month FTC) Position based in Uxbridge for a leading parking provider. Salary up to £60k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16872

 

Bid Manager Vacancy based in Kent for a leading FMCG provider. Salary up to £45k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16873

 

Public Sector Bid Manager Position based in Richmond, Surrey for a logistics organisation. Salary up to £35k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16884

 

Bid Support Vacancy based in Richmond, Surrey for a logistics organisation. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16883

 

Bid Coordinator Opportunity based in Ewell for a leading FM organisation. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16862

 

Tender Writer Role based in Croydon for a leading office supplier. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16863

 

 

For more information on these roles please contact the team on 0208 973 2461 / recruitment@bidsolutions.co.uk or for a full list of vacancies please visit – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs

 

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When is a framework not a framework? This week, our Public Sector Bidding Expert, Andy Haigh, tackles the subject in an interesting article, referencing two recent EU court cases. He makes the interesting observation that under EU rules, some major UK frameworks may not actually be legal frameworks.

 

To view the post and find out more, click here: https://bidsolutions.co.uk/framework-not-framework/

 

To ask Andy a question (or any of our 19 experts), click here: https://bidsolutions.co.uk/bid-hub/ask-the-expert/

 

Our latest Permanent Opportunities this week include: 

 

Senior Bid Writer Vacancy working for a debt and enforcement management organisation based in London. Salary up to £60k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16877

 

Senior Proposal Manager Position on a 12 Month FTC for our client based in London. Salary up to £50k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16880

 

Bid Manager (12 month FTC) Position based in Uxbridge for a leading parking provider. Salary up to £45k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16872

 

Global Proposal Manager x 3 and Proposal Executive x 2 Opportunities based in Manchester for a leading Magic Circle law firm. Salaries are competitive – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16881 and https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16882

 

Public Sector Bid Manager Position based in Richmond, Surrey for a logistics organisation. Salary up to £35k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16884

 

Bid Support Vacancy based in Richmond, Surrey for a logistics organisation. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16883

 

Bid Coordinator Opportunity based in Ewell for a leading FM organisation. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16862

 

Bid Coordinator Vacancy based in Central London for a construction organisation. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16887

 

For a full list of current job opportunities please visit: https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs

When is a Framework not a Framework?

If you missed a Framework contract opportunity and it’s hurting your business, take a minute to check that the Authority isn’t breaking the rules!
Framework contracts are great if you are part of them. They give you access to many opportunities with very restricted competition (and sometime no competition at all!).

However, in two recent EU court cases, the court found that an authority’s process to select the framework suppliers is fundamental to identifying whether any mini competition or award under that framework is legal. Basically, the contracting authority must actively “choose” the suppliers to enter its framework for the EU regulations to apply, and for mini-competitions to be a legal way of awarding a contract.

For instance, NO actual choice is made if the contracting authority:

  • Appoints all bidders who meet the basic evaluation criteria and only checks that the qualifying criteria are met.
  • Makes no comparison of different tenders to decide who is selected for the contract.
  • Does not score tenders in order to evaluate the bids and decide which to select.

In such cases, a “framework” is not a framework contract under the EU rules. Therefore, if a contracting authority has not “chosen” a supplier, it cannot then use the simplified procurement processes (mini competitions) that the PCR 2015 permits for framework contracts.

This could be significant to us as bid professionals. What is interesting is that in the UK we have many large framework agreements that may have no real selection and for which no “choice” is made. It appears that even G-Cloud could be an example. Where the Crown Commercial Services only checks that suppliers meet the published criteria before granting G-Cloud supplier status and then awarding mini contracts, this ruling could apply.

In the light of these EU court judgements, some major frameworks may not actually be legal frameworks. In such circumstances contracting authorities using the mini-competitions could be breaking the law. In such cases, these mini contracts should have been procured using a different, fully fair and transparent procurement process.

We think that if you are a supplier currently providing services within the G-Cloud or similar frameworks it is unlikely that your contract will be affected, at least for the moment. We expect CCS to respond to this latest judgement and put in some protection measures. However, if you are not “chosen” for a framework but feel that you could provide the service, you may be able to challenge. If you were prevented from bidding because the contract was unfairly allocated through a G-Cloud or similar call off process, you might have good reason to claim damages. We suggest you check and we wait with interest to see if any such claims will arise.

By Andy Haigh, Public Sector Bidding Expert

https://bidsolutions.co.uk/experts/andy-haigh/

News & Jobs from Bid Solutions

The new diversity interest group, Women in Bids, is having its launch event on 23rd May in London. The evening will provide you with an overview of the aims and areas of focus for the group, as well as a great opportunity to network with your bid / proposal peers. To secure a ticket, please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-in-bids-and-proposals-launch-event-tickets-45641433757

 

Our latest Permanent Opportunities this week include: 

 

Senior Bid Writer Vacancy working for a debt and enforcement management organisation based in London. Salary up to £60k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16877

 

Proposal Manager Position based in Reigate for our client, a financial services firm. Salary up to £50k + Car Allowance + Bonus – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16886

 

Bid Operations Manager Role working for global material handling manufacturer, based in Frimley. Salary up to £50k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16885

 

Global Proposal Manager x 3 and Proposal Executive x 2 Opportunities based in Manchester for a leading Magic Circle law firm. Salaries are competitive – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16881 and https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16882

 

Public Sector Bid Manager Position based in Richmond, Surrey for a logistics organisation. Salary up to £35k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16884

 

Bid Support Vacancy based in Richmond, Surrey for a logistics organisation. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16883

 

Bid Coordinator Opportunity based in Ewell for a leading FM organisation. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16862

 

Tender Writer Role based in Croydon working for a leading company who provide a complete solution for workplace products and services. Salary up to £30k –https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16863

 

Bid Coordinator Vacancy based in Central London for a construction organisation. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16887

 

For more information on these roles please contact the team on 0208 973 2461 / recruitment@bidsolutions.co.uk or for a full list of vacancies please visit – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs

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Our Public Sector Expert Andy Haigh has provided a fantastic response to a question he was posed on our ‘Ask the Expert’ forum. The question related to VEAT notices in reference to a specific deal in Scotland. For anyone unfamiliar with the term, it is a means of advertising the intention to let a contract without opening it up to formal competition.

To view the question and Andy’s response, please click here: https://bidsolutions.co.uk/questions/tony-orr-care-repair-manager-cairn-housing-association/

To ask Andy a question (or any of our 19 experts), click here: https://bidsolutions.co.uk/bid-hub/ask-the-expert/

 

Our latest Permanent Opportunities this week include: 

 

Senior Bid Writer Vacancy working for a leading ethical debt and enforcement management organisation based in London. Salary up to £60k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16877

 

Proposal Manager Position based in Reigate for our client, a financial services firm. Salary up to £50k + Car Allowance + Bonus – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16886

 

Global Proposal Manager x 3 and Proposal Executive x 2 Opportunities based in Manchester for a leading Magic Circle law firm. Salaries are competitive – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16881 and https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16882

 

Bid Writer Role for a leading insurance provider based in Bromsgrove. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16874

 

Public Sector Bid Manager Position based in Richmond, Surrey for a logistics organisation. Salary up to £35k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16884

 

Bid Support Vacancy based in Richmond, Surrey for a logistics organisation. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16883

 

Bid Production Specialist Vacancy on a 10 Month FTC covering maternity based in Farnborough. Salary up to £30k pro rata – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16879

 

Tender Writer Role based in Croydon working for a leading company who provide a complete solution for workplace products and services. Salary up to £30k –https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16863

 

For a full list of current job opportunities please visit: https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs

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If you are looking for a new challenge in Manchester, we would love to hear from you as we have taken on 5 new Proposal Manager opportunities to join a law firm near the city centre. There are opportunities available for candidates of varying levels of experience, so if you are thinking of making a change, please send your CV to recruitment@bidsolutions.co.uk

 

Our latest Permanent Opportunities this week include: 

 

Senior Bid Writer Role working for a leading ethical debt and enforcement management organisation based in London. Salary up to £60k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16877

 

Senior Proposal Manager Position on a 12 Month FTC for our client based in London. Salary up to £50k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16880

 

Bid Writer Vacancy based from home for a leading corporate travel organisation. Salary up to £45k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16875

 

Bid Manager Opportunity on a 12 month FTC for a leading provider of parking solutions based in London. Salary up to £45k + Car Allowance – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16872

 

Senior Bid Coordinator Position based in South West London for an Architectural firm. Salary up to £40k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16876

 

Bid Writer Opportunity for a leading insurance provider based in Bromsgrove. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16874

 

Bid Support Executive Role based from home for a leading corporate travel organisation. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16878

 

Bid Production Specialist Vacancy on a 10 Month FTC covering maternity based in Farnborough. Salary up to £30k pro rata – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16879

 

For a full list of current job opportunities please visit: https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs

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This week our Travel Industry Expert, Emma Poole, was asked how does bidding for corporate travel management compare to other industry sectors. To view Emma’s response, click here: https://bidsolutions.co.uk/questions/corporate-travel-bids-versus-sectors/

 

To ask Emma a question (or any of our 18 experts), click here: https://bidsolutions.co.uk/bid-hub/ask-the-expert/

 

Our latest Permanent Opportunities this week include: 

 

Senior Bid Manager Position for a major infrastructure support service provider. The role will be split between Oxford, London and Birmingham – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16871

 

Senior Bid Writer Role working for a leading ethical debt and enforcement management organisation based in London. Salary up to £60k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16877

 

Bid Manager Opportunity for a leading law firm based in Exeter. Salary is competitive – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16859

 

Bid Writer Role based from home for a leading corporate travel organisation. Salary up to £45k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16875

 

Senior Bid Coordinator position based in South West London for an Architectural firm. Salary up to £40k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16876

 

Bid Writer Opportunity for a leading insurance provider based in Bromsgrove. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16874

 

Bid Support Executive Role based from home for a leading corporate travel organisation. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16878

 

For a full list of current job opportunities please visit: https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs

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We are pleased to announce that Emma Poole has joined our panel of ‘Experts’, as our nominated specialist for the Travel industry. Emma has established a wealth of proposal management experience since joining Hogg Robinson Group in 2001. She leads a multinational group of proposal specialists and is actively involved throughout the bid process. We are privileged to have Emma on our panel of Experts and encourage you to make use of her industry-leading knowledge.

 

To ask Emma a question (or any of our 18 experts), click here: https://bidsolutions.co.uk/experts/11351/

 

Our latest Permanent Opportunities this week include: 

 

Senior Bid Manager Opportunity for a leading multi-disciplined engineering and construction firm. Salary up to £80k + Car Allowance + Bonus – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16865

 

Bid Manager Position for a major infrastructure support service provider. The role will be split between Oxford, London and Birmingham. Salary up to £65k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16871

 

Bid Manager Role for a leading provider of parking solutions based in Uxbridge. Salary up to £45k + Car Allowance – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16872

 

Bid Manager Vacancy based in Oxford for an established business consultancy. Salary up to £45k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16868

 

Bid Writer Position based from home for a corporate travel provider. Salary up to £45k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16875

 

Bid Manager Opportunity for a leading catering firm based in Kent. Salary up to £40k + Car Allowance – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16873

 

Bid Writer Position based in Birmingham for an insurance provider. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16874

 

Bid Coordinator Role working for a leading FM provider in Ewell. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16862

 

Tender Writer Opportunity based in Croydon for a leading business supplier of office equipment. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16863

 

For a full list of current job opportunities please visit: https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs

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This week, our Costing & Pricing Expert, Peter Bryans, has launched the first in a series of 60 second educational videos related to cost modelling and pricing. This first video explains the difference between margin and markup, which, if not fully understood, can lead to issues in cost / price approvals and competitive pricing.

You can view the video here: https://youtu.be/NJ7jiXvHQOs

To ask a question of any of our 17 experts, click here: https://bidsolutions.co.uk/bid-hub/ask-the-expert/

 

Our latest Permanent Opportunities this week include: 

 

Senior Bid Manager Opportunity for a leading multi-disciplined engineering and construction firm. Salary up to £80k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16865

Bid Writer Vacancy based in Ewell, Surrey for a leading FM provider. Salary up to £60k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16840

Bid Manager Role based in Exeter for a leading law firm. Salary is up to £40k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16859

Bid / Business Development Manager on a 12 month FTC. Based in London on a salary of up to £38k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16853

Bid Writer Position working for a property services company based in Bristol. Salary up to £35k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16857

Bid Coordinator Role for an independently owned contractor based Near Chippenham. Salary up to £35k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16864

Bid Coordinator Opportunity based in Ewell, Surrey for a leading FM firm. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16862

 

For a full list of current job opportunities please visit: https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs

News & Jobs from Bid Solutions

Bid Solutions is proud to support the new diversity interest group, ‘Women in Bids and Proposals’. Equality and diversity within the bid / proposal profession is a key issue and was once again highlighted in the 2018 Salary Survey. This newly formed group aims to provide support to individuals and develop toolkits for organisations to check if they are offering equal opportunities within their bid functions.

It is a great initiative and we encourage you to register your interest by joining their LinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12101608/profile

 

Our latest Permanent Opportunities this week include: 

 

Head of Bid Manager Opportunity based in Kent for a leading FM provider. Salary up to £75k + Car Allowance + Bonus – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16856

Commercial Manager Position working for leading telecoms provider based in Hampshire. Salary up to £70k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16854

Bid Writer Vacancy based in Surrey for a leading FM provider. Salary up to £60k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16840

Senior Bid Manager Role based in Exeter for a leading law firm. Salary is up to £40k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16859

Bid Writer Position for a property services companies based in Bristol. Salary up to £35k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16857

Bid Coordinator Opportunity based in Surrey for a leading FM firm. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16862

Document Manager Role based in London for a financial services firm. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16858

 

For more information on these roles please contact the team on 0208 973 2461 / recruitment@bidsolutions.co.uk or for a full list of vacancies please visit – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs