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This week, Women in Bids and Proposals have announced that their latest networking event will be taking place in Nottingham on 31st July. This is a free networking and is open to everyone, regardless of gender.

 

To book your place, click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wibap-east-midlands-social-tickets-47812452332

 

To become a member of the Women in Bids and Proposals Group, please click here: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12101608

 

Our latest Permanent Opportunities this week include:

 

Senior Proposal Writer Position for a leading infrastructure and engineering company based in London. Salary up to £60k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16893

 

Bid Manager Role based in Birmingham for a leading law firm. Salary up to £45k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16909

 

Proposal Manager (Public Sector) Opportunity with a leading logistics organisation based in Richmond. Salary up to £35k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16884

 

Bids & Contracts Specialist Vacancy based in Kingston upon Thames for a healthcare provider. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16906

 

Bid Coordinator Role based in Frimley for a global material handling manufacturer. Salary is up to £37k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16907 (Please note French, Spanish or German Language skills are essential for this role).

 

Bid Manager Opportunity based in Central London for an IT Provider. Salary is competitive –

https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16919

 

Bid Coordinator Position working for an award winning recruitment organisation in London. Salary up to £35k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16917

 

Bid Coordinator / Writer on a FTC until end of 2018 for our client based in Uxbridge.  Salary up to £30k pro rata – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16918

 

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, was asked for guidance on the commercial sign-off process within bidding. Within his response, Peter outlined the Shipley template that can be utilised for the commercial aspects of the bid. To view Peter’s full response, click here: https://bidsolutions.co.uk/questions/commercial-sign-off-process/

 

We also had our first meeting of the Bidding Quarterly experts. This pioneering group of thought-leaders within our profession discussed the industry, health and wellbeing ahead of the latest edition, which is due for release in early August.

 

Our latest Permanent Opportunities this week include:

 

Senior Bid Writer Opportunity based in Chelmsford for an independent civil engineering company. Salary up to £60k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16911

 

Proposal Manager Position based in Reigate for a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company. Salary up to £50k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16886

 

Bid Writer Vacancy based in Manchester working for a FM provider. Salary up to £43k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16913

 

Bid Manager Role based in Birmingham for a leading law firm. Salary up to £45k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16909

 

Global Proposal Manager Opportunity based in Manchester for a leading law firm. Salary is competitive – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16881

 

Proposal Executive Role based in Manchester for a leading law firm. Salary is competitive – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16882

 

Proposal Manager (Public Sector) Position with a leading logistics organisation based in Richmond. Salary up to £35k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16884

 

Bids & Contracts Specialist Vacancy based in Kingston upon Thames for a healthcare provider. Salary up to £30k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16906

 

Bid Coordinator Opportunity based in Frimley. Salary is up to £37k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16907

 

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

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This week, our Women in Bids & Proposals Expert, Charlotte Rees, has outlined her plans for the WIBAP group over the next 12 months. As well as creating a network and arranging nationwide events, Charlotte has drawn upon feedback and suggestions on how to develop the group even further.

 

To view Charlotte’s plans for the Women in Bids & Proposals group, please click here: https://bidsolutions.co.uk/questions/women-bids-proposals-plan-ahead/

 

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

 

Bid & Business Development Manager Opportunity based in Ewell, Surrey. Salary up to £60k plus car allowance – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16903

 

Proposal Manager Position based in Reigate for a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company. Salary up to £50k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16886

 

Global Proposal Manager Opportunity based in Manchester for a leading law firm. Salary is competitive – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16881

 

Proposal Executive Role based in Manchester for a leading law firm. Salary is competitive – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16882

 

Bid Coordinator Vacancy working for an established construction firm based in Manchester. Salary up to £40k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16897

 

Bid Writer Vacancy with a leading energy consultancy based near Preston. Salary up to £40k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16904

 

Bid Coordinator / Writer Opportunity with a leading energy consultancy based near Preston. Salary up to £35k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16905

 

Proposal Manager Role working with a leading insurance provider in Birmingham. Salary up to £35k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16874

 

Bids & Contracts Specialist Vacancy based in Kingston upon Thames for a healthcare provider – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16906

 

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

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APMP UK have announced their theme for the 2018 UK Conference – ‘Mind the Gap’. They will be exploring solutions to prevalent challenges within bids and proposals, such as securing buy-in from your wider business, developing your skills and maintaining good mental health. They have launched their micro-site for the conference, where you can view speakers, venue and ticketing options: https://www.apmpuk.co.uk/conference

 

To take advantage of a welcome discount, be sure to book your tickets before 31st May.

Book your tickets here: https://www.apmpuk.co.uk/tickets

 

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 Proposal Writer Position with a major infrastructure and engineering company based in London. Salary up to £60k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16893

 

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

 

Bid Manager Opportunity for a major accountancy firm in London on a 10 month FTC. Salary up to £52k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16896

 

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

 

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 Manager Position in Bedford for an aviation company. Salary up to £50k – https://bidsolutions.co.uk/jobs/?keywords=VAC-16894

 

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

 

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

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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