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February 05, 2008

2012 Tender News | Business Radar

Writing about web page http://www.ready-for-business.co.uk

2012_detector.jpg

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!

rss.jpgNewsfeeds 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.


Select the Newsfeed of interest


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.


Subscribe to BBC Newsfeed using Firefox



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:

http://newsrss.bbc.co.uk/rss/newsonline_uk_edition/front_page/rss.xml


If I copied this into Google Reader (using 'Add subscription') for example, I would get my news presented like this:


BBC Newsfeeds on Google Reader


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:


WMCCM Live Tenders Newsfeed on Google Reader List View

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.


Agriculture & Food Tenders http://ted.europa.eu/RSS/EN/RSS_AGFO_UK.xml
Computer and Related Services Tenders http://ted.europa.eu/RSS/EN/RSS_COMP_UK.xml
Construction and Real Estate Tenders http://ted.europa.eu/RSS/EN/RSS_CORE_UK.xml
Education Tenders http://ted.europa.eu/RSS/EN/RSS_EDUC_UK.xml
Energy and Related Services Tenders http://ted.europa.eu/RSS/EN/RSS_ENER_UK.xml
Environment and Sanitation Tenders http://ted.europa.eu/RSS/EN/RSS_ENSA_UK.xml
Finance and Related Services Tenders http://ted.europa.eu/RSS/EN/RSS_FINA_UK.xml
Materials and Products Tenders http://ted.europa.eu/RSS/EN/RSS_MAPR_UK.xml
Mining and Ores Tenders http://ted.europa.eu/RSS/EN/RSS_MIOR_UK.xml
Printing and Publishing Tenders http://ted.europa.eu/RSS/EN/RSS_PRPU_UK.xml
Research and Development Tenders http://ted.europa.eu/RSS/EN/RSS_RECO_UK.xml
Other Services Tenders http://ted.europa.eu/RSS/EN/RSS_SERV_UK.xml
Technology and Equipment Tenders http://ted.europa.eu/RSS/EN/RSS_TEEQ_UK.xml
Transport and Related Services Tenders http://ted.europa.eu/RSS/EN/RSS_TRAN_UK.xml
If you wanted all tenders across Europe for any given category above, simply substitute 'UK' with 'ALL' - this must be upper case. For example, Technology and Equipment Tenders would have this url. http://ted.europa.eu/RSS/EN/RSS_TEEQ_ALL.xml
London 2012 News http://www.london2012.com/news/archive/index.rss
Ready for Business 2012 Tenders http://www.wmccm.co.uk/wmccm/rss/PrepareFor2012WestMidlands.xml
WMCCM Live Tenders http://www.wmccm.co.uk/wmccm/rss/livetenders.xml


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. 


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