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Horizon 2020 Grant Writing

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The EU’s ambitious Horizon 2020 funding has a total of €79 billion to allocate to projects over the next 7 years. The amount of funding available for 2014 is €7.8 billion. The Irish government has forecast that Ireland will aim to receive €1.25 billion which marks a huge increase from the €600 million received under the FP7 programme.

The upcoming deadline for the SME...

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National Training Awards Win

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For the third year running, Bid Management Services is delighted to have been chosen as the winner of the Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD) National Training Awards for its work in training companies in winning tenders.  Our tender team is genuinely thrilled that our tender training has been recognised as the best.

Bid Management Services provides tender training throughout...

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Office of Government Procurement – Who buys what?

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On the 1st January 2014 the National Procurement Service (NPS) officially transferred from the Office of Public Works and was integrated into the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) under the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The OGP will buy centrally all of the common goods and services on behalf of the entire public sector – this represents a dramatic change in Irish public...

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Outstanding Small Business Finalist

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The team at Bid Management Services is delighted to have successfully been selected as a finalist in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2014.  This year marks the 10th anniversary of the these important awards which celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland, and to recognise the vital contribution of the small business sector to the Irish economy.

On the launch of the 2014...

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Dos and Don'ts of Tendering - Today FM

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Bid Management Services' Managing Director Joanne Gillen talked with Conall O'Morain of the TodayFM Sunday Business Show this morning about the Dos and Don'ts of tendering in Ireland and internationally.  To learn more about winning tenders in Ireland, tender training, and making bid/no-bid decisions, listen back to the radio show here.

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Free Meet the Buyer Event - Sept/Oct 2013

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Bid Management Services is delighted to support the "Meet the Buyer" events taking place on:

13th September 2013 - Ramada Hotel, Belfast
17th October 2013 - City West Hotel, Dublin

These events, sponsored by InterTradeIreland, are free of charge to attend and offer you the opportunity to:
• Meet senior buyers and decision makers across the public sector from Ireland and Northern...

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Double Win at National Training Awards

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For the second year running, Bid Management Services is delighted to have been chosen as the winner of the Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD) National Training Awards for its work in training companies in winning tenders.  Making this year's awards even more remarkable is the achievement of winning awards in two categories!  Our team is genuinely thrilled that our...

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National Procurement Awards Winner

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Bid Management Services is delighted to have been selected as a winner with InterTradeIreland at the 2012 National Procurement Awards in the category of Best Cross-Organisational Project.  This is in recognition of the Go-2-Tender supplier training programme.

The Go-2-Tender programme supports companies win tenders in Ireland and in Northern Ireland, providing information on eTenders,...

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Even More Procurement Expertise!

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Bid Management Services' procurement expertise has just been further increased, with Managing Director Joanne Gillen recently being conferred with her Certificate in Public Procurement at Trinity College Dublin.  Bid Management Services is unique in this level of public buyer insight - offering its clients support in winning tenders and etenders in Ireland and overseas.  If you would...

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New eTenders Website Launched

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The National Procurement Service today launched the new www.etenders.gov.ie web portal, announcing increased efficiency in the tendering process, as well as more opportunity for SMEs to win tenders in Ireland.  Users of the previous eTenders website are required to register on the new portal and to populate the site with company information.  Increasingly, tendering will be carried out...

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National Training Awards Winner

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Bid Management Services is delighted to have been chosen as the winner of the Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD) National Training Awards 2012 for its work in training companies in winning tenders.

Upon receiving the award, Managing Director of Bid Management Services Joanne Gillen said "It is very rewarding that our performance record in tender training has been recognised...

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Green Public Procurement

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The long awaited Government Action Plan on Green Public Procurement (GPP) has been published.

GPP will cover tenders in the following sectors: construction, energy, transport, food and catering, cleaning products and services, paper, uniforms and other textiles and ICT equipment. The Action Plan seeks to make sure that existing legislative requirements, for example in relation to waste and energy...

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Bid Management Services - SFA Awards Finalist

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The team at Bid Management Services is delighted to have successfully been selected as a finalist in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2012.

On the launch of the 2012 Small Firms Association Awards, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who is Patron of the Awards, stated that: “Small businesses and entrepreneurs play a crucial and often underestimated role in our economy. The SFA National Small...

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National Procurement Service Survey

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Bid Management Services is pleased to support the National Procurement Service (NPS) / DCU Business School first annual national public procurement survey in Ireland.

Your experience of tendering and opinions on the workings of the public procurement system are essential in helping them to understand today's procurement landscape in Ireland. Data gathered from this survey will be used to...

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New EU Tendering Thresholds

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As of 1st January 2012 new public procurement thresholds will be in place.
The Euro thresholds for the next two years were adopted on 30 November 2011, and published last Friday in the Official Journal of the EU (OJ L319).

EU THRESHOLDS

Revised from January 2012

Effective up to 31st December 2013

(as per Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1251/2011 of 30 November 2011)

All thresholds...

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APMP Excellence Award for Bid Management Services

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You may recall from a previous post that Bid Management Services won the prestigious Vendor Excellence award at the UK and Ireland proposal industry awards in 2010.

Well, we have just done it again!  Joanne Gillen (CEO) and Colin Borland (Director, Northern Ireland) represented Bid Management Services at the black tie ceremony in the Oxford Belfry, where they were presented...

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Free "Meet the Buyer" Event November 24th 2011

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Bid Management Services is delighted to support the Upping Your Game "Meet the Buyer" event taking place in Dundalk on 24th November 2011.  This event is free of charge to attend and offers you the opportunity to:

  • Meet senior buyers and decision makers across the public sector from Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • Learn about their purchasing plans
  • Discuss your product/service...
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Double Win for Bid Management Services

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Bid Management Services has today been awarded two prestigious titles - overall winner of the county finals of the National Enterprise Awards, as well as the gong for Business Growth.  It is a great achievement for the company to have been so successful in these awards and we are genuinely delighted. 

In accepting the trophy on behalf of the company, Joanne Gillen...

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Bid Management Services is County Finalist in the National Enterprise Awards

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Bid Management Services has secured a place as a County Finalist in the National Enterprise Awards 2011.  These awards are designed to highlight innovation, success, job creation, new export markets and local economic development, by putting the achievements of small businesses into the national spotlight. 

We are thrilled to have been successful as a finalist.

The "Fly...

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APMP Award Nominations for Bid Management Services

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The team at Bid Management Services have been shortlisted in two categories at the forthcoming UK APMP Awards:

  • Innovation; and
  • Vendor Excellence.

We're delighted that our work in Ireland and Northern Ireland has been recognised and are very much looking forward to speaking at the UK APMP conference in Oxford next month. 

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Tendering - The Buyer's Perspective

In a previous article, we provided your feedback to buyers.  This time it’s the turn of the buyers to offer their insights to you:

1. Read and follow the instructions provided in the request for tender document, particularly abiding by word/page count limits.

2. Format the tender document clearly, making it easy for the buyer to navigate.

3. Answer all questions and...

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The Irish APMP Chapter is here

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As some people may be aware the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) is the global thought and practise leader in the generation of formal business proposals which of course includes tendering. Through Bid Management Services’ leadership we are proud to announce that the APMP Ireland chapter has been formally recognised within the global APMP community.

In practise this...

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Bid Management Services speaking at 22nd Annual APMP® International Conference

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Representing Ireland at this year’s Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP®) conference will be Joanne Gillen CEO and Peter Brennan Chairman from Bid Management services. Peter has been chosen from APMP delegates worldwide to present to this year's assembled audience. Bid Management services is pioneering in Ireland the APMP’s mission of advancing the...
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Department of Education and Skills PIN 2011

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The Department of Education and Skills has advertised a prior information notice seeking Design Consultants, Architects, Building Services (M & E) Engineers, Civil and Structural Engineers and Quantity Surveyors to Design Teams on up to one hundred projects comprising Primary, Post Primary and Special Schools at various locations in Ireland.
Scheduled to start in June, it will include...
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Tendering: Upping Your Game - Free Event

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Do you want to increase your tender win rates and win government contracts?

If so (and who wouldn't?!), then the two forthcoming InterTradeIreland "Upping Your Game" tendering events are for you.  These free half-day events will highlight the new public procurement opportunities for SMEs in a changing economic environment.  Companies will also benefit from practical advice...

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Feedback to Public Buyers

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Bid Management Services' Managing Director, Joanne Gillen was delighted to be invited to address today's National Procurement Service Conference in Dublin Castle, on the subject of "SME Perspectives on Public Procurement".  She drew attention to the many positives of procurement in Ireland, including the centralised eTenders and procurement websites, as well as the...

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New Public Procurement Website

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The National Procurement Service today launched its new procurement web portal - www.procurement.ie - a superb resource for organisations interested in tendering for public sector contracts in Ireland.  The web portal contains information on live contracts and frameworks, as well as publicising upcoming opportunities.  There are also useful publications and resources for suppliers. ...

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Tendering for Legal Services Contracts

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Increasingly, legal firms are finding themselves in a position of having to tender for advisory work - even for contracts they have traditionally held.  The tender response process can be challenging, absorbing significant time, on top of the 'day job'!  Bid Management Services offers supports to legal practices such as:

  • Bid strategy
  • Bid management
  • Content development
  • Bid...
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Any Questions for Buyers?

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Do you have any burning questions you'd like to pose to public sector buyers?

We will shortly be videoing interviews with public buyers in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Our session will see us interviewing representatives from the Irish National Procurement Service (NPS) and from the Central Procurement Directorate of Northern Ireland (CPD NI).

So if you have anything you'd like us...

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New Website | New Number

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Bid Management Services has a shiny new website!  The new site is easy to navigate and includes details on our upcoming events as well as a live feed of tender opportunities in Ireland and Northern Ireland. 

In addition, our phone numbers have changed - please update your contact books as follows:

Telephone   01 525 2650
Fax           ...

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