Bidding Quarterly Issue 7 – Out Now!

There are now over 1,000 bid and proposal contractors, consultants and freelancers delivering services in the UK. Having passed this milestone, it felt like an appropriate time to dig beneath the surface and find out exactly what life is like for those that made the transition – mostly from permanent employment.

The contract market has experienced significant growth in the past five years. Whilst there are more options than ever for clients, there has never been a greater need to audit the credentials of those engaged.

The advice provided in BQ7 is the most comprehensive we have ever pulled together. This is supplemented with the key findings from the largest ever contractor survey we completed over the summer.

Read all the articles and download Issue 7 here. 

Mel Mae Smith (UK APMP Chair) kindly agreed to be ‘In the Spotlight’. Having voiced my concerns about APMP International in BQ5, I was keen to listen to what she had to say on a wide range of subjects. She talks passionately about the benefits of joining APMP and the soon to be released ‘speciality’ certifications.

We also have fabulous articles from our regular BQ experts. Holger Garden presents three core questions that helped him develop a successful business. Jon Williams provides some great insight on succeeding outside of the ‘corporate’ world, whilst Andy Haigh talks openly about why redundancy can be a blessing in disguise.

Nigel Hudson – candid as always – talks about the importance of making hay while the sun shines and Pippa Birch provides a great list of ideas to keep contractors on their toes. Finally, Kathryn Potter talks about the importance of family and staying motivated.

Changes to IR35 legislation are just around the corner and feature heavily in much of our experts’ thinking. Whilst we attempt to get to grips with the basics of these changes, the question on most freelancers’ lips anxiously remains: “Will HMRC and my clients deem me a contractor OR an employee after April 2020?”

Bid Solutions sponsor Best Newcomer Award

The APMP UK 2019 “Coming of Age” Conference is now just a few weeks away. We are really proud to be sponsoring the Best Newcomer Award and look forward to announcing the winner at the Black-Tie Dinner. This will be our 17th consecutive year of attending the UK Conference and supporting APMP UK. Please come and say hello – we will have an exhibitor stand where you can try your hand at Bid Roulette and pick up the latest copy of Bidding Quarterly.

More information can be found here:

How Should You Brand Your Proposal Documentation?

Should your proposals incorporate supplier branding, buyer branding, or both?

Our Deal Management Expert, Alison Gurd has been posed this question via our Ask the Expert forum and offers her guidance on the matter.


To view Alison’s response, click here: 

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Bidding Quarterly Issue 6 – Available Now

Whilst canvassing ideas for Issue 6, we were overwhelmed by the energy and passion our experts showed for a variety of different subjects. Rather than stifle this, we decided to remove the shackles and let our experts run free. The only request? Write about something you are truly passionate about right now in the bid and proposal profession.

Once again, we have a fantastic range of articles covering everything from becoming a doctor to Excel modelling. In our biggest issue yet, there is advice on effective knowledge sharing, writing proactive proposals, client focussed innovation, creating high scoring answers and even the odd rant about challenging procurement rules.

We have been truly humbled by all the positive feedback from the first five issues – but BQ will be changing soon. Moving forward, we will develop industry focus groups, provide opportunities to submit white papers, sponsor key industry and professional research whilst still providing honest, unbiased opinion on subjects that matter most to you.

If you have genuine bid or proposal expertise in a particular field or industry, or believe you have a unique approach to winning business, I’d love to hear from you – the panel and BQ wants you!


Download your copy here. 

Ask the Expert – Alison Gurd on Performance Management

As a Bid Writer, do you feel that win rate is not an appropriate method to measure success? If so, what other metrics would you use?

Our Deal Management Expert, Alison Gurd has been posed this question via our Ask the Expert forum and offers up a viable alternative.


To view Alison’s response, click here:

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Ask the Expert – Kathryn Potter on Measuring Success of Prewritten Content

This week, our Content Management Expert, Kathryn Potter, has been asked what metrics can be used to measure effectiveness and success of prewritten content.

Kathryn’s fantastic response offers up a number of useful suggestions, which you can view here:

To pose a question to any of our 20 Experts, follow this link to our Ask the Expert forum:

Ask the Expert – Graham Ablett on Success Rates

Through our Ask the Expert forum, our Proposal Management and IT Industry Expert, Graham Ablett, has been asked about success rates within bidding. Specifically, he was asked for any statistics or research that explains how success rates are affected by a poor bid / no bid decision-making process.

To view Graham’s response, click here:
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Ask the Expert – Kathryn Potter on How to Influence SMEs for Better Content

Our Content Management Expert, Kathryn Potter, has been asked how to influence SMEs to provide better content.

Kathryn’s brilliant response covers how to influence stakeholders to buy-in to working with bid teams on pre-written content, as well as 3 points that should be considered when creating the content itself.

To see Kathryn’s response, click here: 

To ask Kathryn (or any one of our 20 Experts) a question, click here:

Ask the Expert – Kathryn Potter

Do you Need a Bid Library?

Our Content Management Expert, Kathryn Potter, has been asked whether it is worth investing in a Bid Library.

Kathryn’s fantastic response explains what a bid content library is, how you get one and how you make it work effectively. To read Kathryn’s full response, click here:

To ask Kathryn (or any one of our 20 Experts) a question, click here:

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Bidding Quarterly Issue 5 Out Now

Bid Writer News – Bidding Quarterly

At the time of writing, 2019 has significant uncertainty surrounding it. Thankfully, our experts are adept at dealing with such ambiguity. They’ve provided a fantastic set of articles in Issue 5 of Bidding Quarterly, full of great ideas for any bid writer and suggestions to evolve our profession in 2019.

Click here to download your copy.

Articles included cover topics such as hopes for the future of the APMP, our representative body. Will changes to its structure bring more support for bid writers working in the UK? We also look at how the bid writing process could evolve, ensuring that our teams get the support they need to win. Is the process becoming more seller-led? If so, how do we respond to that?

We discuss the important question of certification. With no formal educational route into bid writing, how do we assess the quality of candidates? Bid Writing courses are on offer, but should we be holding out for APMP certification?

Psychologist Rob Stewart offers his insights into the stresses of the bid and tender writing industry. He gives suggestions on how we can take better care of ourselves and each other.  We also look at bid writer recruitment, and how that has changed over recent years. If you’re looking to recruit a bid writer or to find new challenges in 2019 that’s the article to start with.

Whether you’re a freelance bid writer or have a permanent role there is something in the newsletter for everyone to read. We hope it inspires you to think about the future of our industry as we come to the close of 2018 and look forward to next year.

If thinking about 2019 has you considering making a change in your career, then get in touch. We’d be happy to help connect you with the next great opportunity in this fast-paced, fascinating and challenging industry.