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Reception closed on Thursday 7 July

On Thursday 7 July our reception at Millmead House will be closed for staff training. If you need to contact us please use our online contact form. Our call centre will be operating with reduced staff. This is to ensure our phone lines are available to vulnerable residents. Normal service will resume on Friday 8 July. Thank you for your patience.

Want to win more public sector business?

Want to win more public sector business GBC

The Government is currently looking at ways to streamline and simplify the tendering process, these changes are likely to be in place for 2023. In the meantime, Guildford and Waverley Borough Councils are launching a programme to help local businesses benefit more widely from public sector contracts. This bid and tender writing training is a government grant-funded programme, which consists of beginner and intermediate levels, run by Executive Compass. Both of the three one day online courses, made up of six half day sessions cater for businesses with different levels of experience.

  1. Beginners

The beginner's course is suitable for organisations who are completely new to bidding or those with some experience who would like to take the next steps into benefiting from the opportunities that public sector tendering presents. Delegates will be supported to gain a detailed understanding of public sector tendering, how the bid process works, ways to identify potential opportunities, the requirements of the selection questionnaires widely used by buyers throughout the UK and the makings of a compliant and competitive bid.

Session one:  Thursday 17 March and  Friday 18 March

Session two: Thursday 24 March and Friday 25 March

Email business.support@waverley.gov.uk to book a place. Select session one or two.

  1. Intermediate

The intermediate course is specifically aimed at organisations with some experience of tendering, with a central aim of improving their quality scores. Delegates will become more confident with creating winning themes, deconstructing tender questions, applying evidence to their responses and writing well-structured, persuasive responses to various tender questions. Specific topics, such as social value, are also introduced and discussed in good detail, preparing delegates for the kinds of questions they will encounter time after time when bidding for contracts.

Session three: Thursday 31 March and Friday 1 April

Email business.support@waverley.gov.uk to book a place.

Executive Compass is a dedicated bid and tender writing consultancy, specialising in supporting organisations of all sizes to win public-sector contracts in the UK. In its 12-year history, Executive Compass has supported with close to 7,000 submissions, ranging from small grant applications through to multi-billion pound contracts. Via CPD-certified training courses, they support bidder organisations to apply the same thinking, processes, skills and techniques that their own bid writers apply day in, day out to maintain a success rate of circa 85% across all sectors and industries.