The Problem with Public Sector Tenders

Lack of time and expertise

  • Time

    The preparation of tender responses takes a significant amount of time and if we don't win it is a 'waste of time'

  • Confidence

    Lack of knowledge of what to include in the response and lack the writing skills to create a good impression and score highly against the specification

  • Expertise

    There is a lot of work involved in responding to tenders - how to coordinate the response so that it is high quality and on time.

The Solution is at Hand

Management upskilling with practical guidance and advice

  • Tender qualification

    Learn how to devise a strategy to win and be prepared to not respond - the Bid/ No Bid decision - until you fully review the tender criteria

  • Ten Top Tips

    All you need to know to get familiar with Tenders to include how to get started with eTenders, completing your ESPD and understanding tender scoring (with example criteria)

  • 15 Item Checklist

    15 practical tasks you can do after the programme to get prepared to respond to an RFT in your sector - merges strategy with practical implementation

Delivered by

Business Strategy & Tender Specialist

  • Donnchadh Hughes

    Donnchadh Hughes

    Business Advisor, Mentor & Trainer

    Donncha has over 10 years direct consultancy experience working with startups and microenterprise in Ireland. He is an expert in Business Model Canvas, Marketing, Self Employment in Ireland, Financial Projections and Business Plan and Tender Preparation.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Welcome to Donncha's Introduction to Tendering for Small Business
    • Before we begin...
    • Programme Introduction - Message from Donncha (the instructor)
  • 2
    Let's get Started

Reviews by Programme Participants

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  • Intro To Tendering

    By Patrick Mc Garvey

    I found the Tendering for Small Business course a very beneficial introduction to the whole process, delivered in an excellent format and very user friendly. I will definitely be recommending it.

    I found the Tendering for Small Business course a very beneficial introduction to the whole process, delivered in an excellent format and very user friendly. I will definitely be recommending it.

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  • Tenders (Introduction for Small Business)

    By Esnath Chinembiri

    Information was simple to follow. Relevant to my business. I now understand more about tendering would recommend to all small businesses.

    Information was simple to follow. Relevant to my business. I now understand more about tendering would recommend to all small businesses.

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  • Pitching is Very helpful course

    By Ruairi Fallon

    Before taking this course I thought that I knew how to do a pitch. I was wrong! This course really opened up my mind to other aspects that need to be considered when doing a pitch. I found the course to be very helpful and in the future, I will de...

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    Before taking this course I thought that I knew how to do a pitch. I was wrong! This course really opened up my mind to other aspects that need to be considered when doing a pitch. I found the course to be very helpful and in the future, I will definitely have a better approach to the preparation of my pitches. The course content was also presented in a very clear fashion and the website was user-friendly.

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  • Writing your Business Plan is an Excellent Course

    By Ailish Irvine

    February 2020 -. As someone who has completed many online courses, I want to say how much I really enjoyed the course. This is a wonderful and practical overview of the whole process of writing a business plan. Very easy to understand and broken ...

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    February 2020 -. As someone who has completed many online courses, I want to say how much I really enjoyed the course. This is a wonderful and practical overview of the whole process of writing a business plan. Very easy to understand and broken down in manageable modules. I would say that it teaches business planning and more. I'm now excited about doing the financial projections one, (Something I never thought I would say).

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  • This course is the very minimum you should do to get the CSF funding

    By Lorcan Mcneela

    I had tried to apply to the CSF twice and I was rejected twice before I found Donnchadh online, I contacted him and explained the situation and he immediately knew I had a good case, the problem was I just wasn't presenting it properly. https://Ea...

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    I had tried to apply to the CSF twice and I was rejected twice before I found Donnchadh online, I contacted him and explained the situation and he immediately knew I had a good case, the problem was I just wasn't presenting it properly. https://Eatstro.com is the name of my company, we deliver healthy meal-kits all over Ireland. Donnchadh pointed me in the direction of his invaluable CSF course which I followed. He very kindly reviewed my application before I submitted it and this time it was approved to pitch. We spoke by phone at length about the pitch I wrote and he was very happy with the answers we'd written for the potential questions. Donnachadh also gave us some more questions we hadn't thought of and lucky he did because they came up during the pitch. Overall we wouldn't have gotten the CSF without the help of Donnchadh's course. Thanks again for all the help Donnchadh and if anyone wants to discuss my CSF experience Donnchadh can forward on my contact details, Best, Lorcan M.

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  • Great insight into preparing financial projections

    By Roisin Kelly

    Having come from a zero-experience background in preparing financial projections, this course helped me to get to grips with the financial aspects of my business plan. Donncha was on hand to help me out and answer any questions I had throughout th...

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    Having come from a zero-experience background in preparing financial projections, this course helped me to get to grips with the financial aspects of my business plan. Donncha was on hand to help me out and answer any questions I had throughout this course. I'd definitely recommend this course to anyone looking for a solid starting point on how to understand and prepare financial projections for their business.

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3 months free access to this programme