Writing about web page http://www.ready-for-business.co.uk
Firstly thanks to everyone who attended the Prepare for 2012 Workshops. If you would like to look over the presentation again, you can download it from http://preparefor2012.googlepages.com/
With the launch of CompeteFor, we do hear the complaint:
Oh no - not another *%$+!!! website ....
Of course http://www.wmccm.co.uk/ and http://www.ready-for-business.co.uk/ have been around for a while providing a fully funded (free) tender alerts service to companies registered there. However, I think it is inevitable that there will be yet more sites springing up all over the place. But I guess that is the reality of prospecting for gold.
Here's one way to help organise and keep control of all those sources of tender opportunities, without overwhelming yourself with email alerts .... Newsfeeds!
Newsfeeds and News Readers !
If you are not familiar with newsfeeds and news readers, then a very good place to start is the BBC. Have a look at http://news.bbc.co.uk/
They have a very good introduction to the subject at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/help/3223484.stm#whatisrss
Any websites which publish newsfeeds, like the BBC, SKY, CNN will have a graphic logo like this, only smaller!
Alternatively you might see a label like RSS or XML. These also indicate a newsfeed. Simply click on the logo or the link next to it, and this will take you to the newsfeed content for that site.
Most Web Browsers have a built in News Reader capability - Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, Firefox, Safari (for Apple) and Opera.
So, from the news page of the BBC, select the newsfeed you're interested in and click the link.
So this is me viewing the BBC News front page in the Firefox Web browser. Firefox now gives me the option to subscribe, in this case using the Live Bookmarks in the browser.
There are many different News Readers available, and News sites may offer convenient subscription buttons to simply add your chosen Newsfeed to your favourite News Reader. The other way is to simply copy the URL from your browsers address bar to your news reader.
For example, the above BBC newsfeed url is:
If I copied this into Google Reader (using 'Add subscription') for example, I would get my news presented like this:
Sources of Tender News
So that's enough about Newfeeds and News Readers. Where can you find sources of tender news?
Here at http://www.ready-for-business.co.uk/ we provide a Newsfeed for live 2012 tenders published in our database.
Here is the news url to subscribe to : www.wmccm.co.uk/wmccm/rss/PrepareFor2012WestMidlands.xml
So instead of receiving tender alerts via email, you can now view the tenders in your News Reader - as and when you want to. Then if you see a tender which looks interesting for your company, just click on the link. This will give a summary of the tender if you are viewing our database as a guest, or you can see the full details if you are registered and log in.
You can subscribe to see all our tenders, not just 2012 related tenders, using the following url: http://www.wmccm.co.uk/wmccm/rss/livetenders.xml
With Google Reader in List view, you can now see all our live tenders like this:
Please note this may take some time to load as there are often hundreds, potentially thousands of tenders.
Next, you can grab the news from London 2012, or get tenders from the Official Journal of the European Union so you can identify business opportunities from all across Europe.
Here is a list of useful Newsfeed URL's you may wish to subscribe to for business news and tenders.
Please let me know if you found these resources useful, and feel free to ask questions or comment.
Good luck with your quest for business opportunities.
Grant's Rant Twenti Twelve Tenders 2008