How the Irish Rugby World Cup Bid and any Small Business Can Learn Lessons From the Football Association’s Football World Cup Bid (Part 2 of 2)

How the Irish Rugby World Cup Bid and any Small Business Can Learn Lessons From the Football Association’s Football World Cup Bid (Part 2 of 2) This is the second of two articles exploring lessons for the Irish Rugby World Cup 2023 sole bid and UK and Ireland businesses from the high profile Football Association (FA) bid for the 2018 Football World Cup. The first article highlighted a disconnect on resonance between the FA’s bid and what FIFA were aiming to achieve. So what is the learning for the Irish Rugby World Cup bid and for businesses throughout the UK

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How the Irish Rugby World Cup Bid and any Small Business Can Learn Lessons From the Football Association’s Football World Cup Bid (Part 1 of 2)

How the Irish Rugby World Cup Bid and any Small Business Can Learn Lessons From the Football Association’s Football World Cup Bid (Part 1 of 2) In this article, the first of two, the Winning Tenders Academy, explores lessons for the Irish Rugby World Cup bid (2023) and UK and Ireland businesses from the unsuccessful, high profile Football Association (FA) bid for the 2018 Football World Cup. The Irish government and Northern Ireland Executive have now working groups in place to support the development of a bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. The bid is being led by

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New Big Four Tender Template: Ideal for Your Professional Services Business

New Big Four Tender Template As part of the launching the Winning Tenders Academy website a new products is being introduced to support SMEs, micro-enterprises and sole traders to tender for public sector contracts to a standard delivered by the Big Four professional services firms. The product is an intelligent tender template with guidance and tips on how to develop this document into a powerful tender for your business that is to a standard, layout, structure and style similar to the ‘Big Four’ Professional Services Firms. This is designed to support businesses of all sizes and all types to develop

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Three Quarters of Small Businesses Missing Out on Export Opportunities

Small Business and Export Opportunities – A Missed Chance?   Following my series on tendering as a low risk introduction to export for small UK and Ireland firms, a short and interesting article* highlights some of this missed potential for small firms on export opportunities. The recent Winning Tenders Academy series indicates the potential of export, yet the startups.co.uk article suggests that few small firms are actually engaged in export. So why might this be? In a soon to be released series of articles, the Winning Tenders Academy will explore some of the barriers to small firms winning contracts including

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Tender Opportunities in the EU: Tendering, Export and the Small Business Series Article 5 of 5

Tender Opportunities in the EU       Introduction This final article in the series provides information on where UK and Irish firms can find tender opportunities in the wider EU. This builds on previous articles and provides a starting point (EU opportunities) for firms considering contracts outside the UK and Ireland. Tender Opportunities in the EU Tender opportunities in the EU can be found at both the Official Journal of the EU (OJEU) and Tenders Electronic Daily (TED). In particular many UK and Ireland firms benefit from accessing tendering opportunities from here. This lists significant tender opportunities from all

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Tendering, Export and the Small Business Series

Article 4 of 5: How to Tender for Opportunities in the UK – a Guide for Irish Firms Introduction This introductory guide is primarily focused on Irish firms considering tendering for opportunities in the UK. This includes contracts at a national UK level and the devolved administrations of: Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  The previous articles (2 and 3), in the series, explore how UK firms can win work in the Republic of Ireland. One Single EU Market Despite ongoing talk of a Brexit; a single EU market exists and, despite significant uncertainty, is likely to continue whatever the result Read More

Tendering, Export and the Small Businesses Series

Article 3 of 5: How to Tender for Opportunities in Ireland – a Guide for UK Firms Part 2: Where to Find Tender Opportunities in Ireland Introduction The estimated public procurement market across the island of Ireland is approximately £9.5bn (Hearty 2014). This article primarily focuses on where to find tender opportunities in Ireland. This article should be read in conjunction with Article 2 which sets the groundwork required of UK firms seeking to win contracts in Republic of Ireland. Where to Find Tender Opportunities In Ireland The main portal for public sector tender opportunities in Republic of Ireland is Read More

Tendering, Export and the Small Businesses Series: How to Tender in Ireland

Article 2 of 5: How to Tender for Opportunities in Ireland – How to Tender in Ireland: a Guide for UK Firms (Part 1)   Introduction This is a guide for UK firms wishing to tender for opportunities in the Republic of Ireland. Specifically, this includes the requirements on firms from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales bidding for public sector contracts in the Republic of Ireland. It is part of our series aimed at driving access to tender opportunities for UK and Ireland firms. A separate guide exists for Irish firms wishing to win work in the UK. Part Read More

Tendering Export and the Small Businesses Series

        Article 1 of 5: Tendering, Export, New Markets and Your Business Ian McKay Winning Tenders Academy Introduction This series of short articles is designed to demonstrate the relevance of tendering to small businesses but as a relatively low risk approach to export. The series will then go on to outline what this means for UK and Irish businesses and how such businesses can tender effectively into new markets. This includes: Tendering and Export – an Effective and Relatively Low Risk Approach to Exporting for Small Businesses A guide for UK firms wishing to tender for opportunities Read More

Coming Soon: A Free Tender Alert Service

The Winning Tenders Academy are about to launch a Free Tender Alert Service that would give your business access to direct, regular contract opportunities in the UK and Ireland. This means thousands of tender opportunities, right to your inbox. Including those from: • National Government Departments and thousands of Arms Length Bodies; • Regional and Local Government including Councils; • Government Procurement centres; • Private sector businesses; • Educational organisations including schools and colleges; • Health authorities including hospitals and primary care; • Criminal Justice organisations; • State Industries and public utilities. The Free tender alert service will also allow Read More