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March 17, 2008

Businesses can Save £1000's with Free Tender Feeds and Alerts

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

business_radar.jpg

Thanks to everyone you came to the Prepare for 2012 Presentation. If you would like to remind yourself about how to get free access to tenders, how to find potential partners to submit more compelling bids, how to find supply chain opportunities, or even how to build your own business radar using newsfeeds, then here is the link to the presentation.

http://preparefor2012.googlepages.com/

One local business women suddenly realised there was another strategy to winning 2012 related business, or indeed any large public sector opportunity.


Rather than bid for work directly, I am now going to search for companies who have already won business, and then approach them to ask for sub-contract opportunities. This will save the huge amount of effort required to submit responses to pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQ's), and invitation to tenders (ITT's).

Neat trick!

See how to use news feeds as a source of tenders, or contract awards - have a look at my earlier article.

Grant's  Rant | Twenti Twelve Tenders 2008


February 05, 2008

2012 Tender News | Business Radar

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

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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. 


Grant's Rant Twenti Twelve Tenders 2008


September 13, 2007

London 2012 Olympic Tenders | Live Business Opportunities

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

Twenti Twelve Tender Detector

Our Twenti Twelve Tender Detector has been busy recently. Just look at the wide range of live business opportunities currently available.

Wetland Area Bridges | Entertainment Services | Bus Services
Quantity Surveying (in Portland and Weymouth)
Architectural, Engineering, Construction, Legal, Accounting and other Professional Services
Sewage & Refuse Disposal Services
Anti-Counterfeiting Technology
Temporary Utilities
Office & Computing Machinery
Outsourcing of Adminstration and IT Services
Architectural Consulting
Construction Roadshows (througout the Autumn)

Grant's Rant | Twenti Twelve Tenders 2007


August 31, 2007

London 2012 Olympic Tenders | Waste Management Services

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

Today the ODA also called for:

.... expressions of interest for the procurement of an operator to provide a waste management service for the Olympic Park. The service will comprise detailed design, construction and ongoing maintenance of a waste management service for venues and locations within the Olympic Park boundary.

So currently on the Ready for Business site we have 10 live tenders running. In addition, 74 other Olympic tender notices have been published to date, which is pretty good considering we are still just under five years away from the big event. But just to get it in perspective, compare that to the rest of the tender notices we have managed here at WMCCM (www.wmccm.co.uk). It's a massive 40,000 a year!

Grant' Rant | Twenti Twelve Tenders 2007


London 2012 Olympic Tender | Temporary Utilities Package

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

After my holidays, its back to the serious business of Twenti Twelve Tenders.  The Olympic Delivery Authority has been busy while I was away. Here is the latest tender.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) invites expressions of interest for the procurement of temporary utilities during the construction of permanent and temporary venues in the Olympic Park. It will be in accordance with the ODA design schemes and ODA protocol and will include the following: temporary electrical power, temporary potable water, temporary non-potable water, and temporary foul and waste water discharge. 

Further details on the Ready for Business site www.ready-for-business.co.uk and on www.london2012.com/business.

Grant's Rant | Twenti Twelve Tenders 2007


July 11, 2007

Very Short Deadline on Olympic Tender

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

Very Short Deadline on London 2012 Tender

As you can imagine, the pressure is on to award contracts to make sure the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are delivered on time. But some contract notices have had a very short notice. Just 4 days for a recent "Preliminary Pile Testing" contract! This didn't go un-noticed by the James Watkins, Executive Director at the West Midlands Business Council. If you missed out, please go to www.ready-for-business.co.uk whereyou can contact James, and make sure that your interest is properly registered with the Olympic Delivery Authority.


May 25, 2007

London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games

Writing about web page http://www.readyforbusiness-wm-london2012.com

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) have been busy inviting expressions of interest

Temporary Venues Industry Day

The Olypmic Delivery Authority Procurement team is holding an industry day on Wednesday 13 June 2007, 9:15am, in London to introduce the ODA's vision for the temporary venues to experienced suppliers and contractors of medium- to long-span fully enclosed lightweight structures. The industry day will focus on the Basketball, Fencing and Hockey venues which are expected to be operational as early as 18 months before the Games.

Velodrome Design & Construction

This venue will be the theatre for all track cycling activities for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. After the Games the building will be reconfigured to provide a lasting legacy of the Games. The ODA wishes to appoint a Tier 1 main contractor for the design and construction of the Velodrome including the Legacy Conversion. The scope of the contract is to design and construct the Velodrome based on a design prepared by the Design Team that is currently being procured.

HR recruitment and selection

Over the course of 2007 to 2012 the ODA HR team will deliver a recruitment and selection service ensuring the right people with the right skills are recruited in the most effective way. It is vital that the ODA has the capability and expertise needed to ensure the successful delivery of the 2012 project. The scope of the procurement will cover the provision of all recruitment and selection services.

For full details see the pre-qualification questionnaire documentation on the eTendering section of the London 2012 website.

The deadline for the receipt of expressions of interest and completed pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) documentation is 17:00 (BST) on Friday, 22 June 2007.

Ready-mixed concrete supply

The ODA intends to issue an exclusive licence to one supplier to supply ready-mix concrete to all Olympic Park contractors. This will include the erection of the batching plant(s), delivery, off loading, batching and distribution to the various contractors across the Olympic Park site.

For full details see the pre-qualification questionnaire documentation on the eTendering section of the London 2012 website.

The deadline for the receipt of expressions of interest and completed pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) documentation is 17:00 (BST) on Friday, 22 June 2007.


May 18, 2007

Prepare for 2012 – The Aussies are coming

Writing about web page http://www.readyforbusiness-wm-london2012.com



Prepare for 2012 - The Aussies are coming

The next Ready for Business - Prepare for 2012 Workshop

Will include a presentation from The Australian High Commission


Get the 'nuts and bolts' of bidding and winning work from the
London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

PLUS - The Australian High Commission will talk at the event
about the opportunities of working with
Australian Companies to bid for Olympic work

Your Free Invitation to the Prepare for 2012
West Midlands Workshop

Wednesday 30th May, 11am
Pear Tree Inn, Worcester (Jn 6 off M5)

Places are limited, so please contact Val Day on
v.day@wmbusinesscouncil.org.uk to make your booking




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