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November 09, 2009

Where have all the free Prepare for 2012 workshops gone

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Last week I was wondering where all the free prepare for 2012 workshops had gone. Well, Solihull Borough Council have answered my question.

Free London 2012 Olympic Procurement Training Workshop

This three hour workshop, which starts at 8:45am on 26 November 2009, is delivered by BiP Solutions, who normally charge from £75, £90, or £120 for such similar workshops.

The event is hosted by Solihull Borough Council in partnership with Business Link West Midlands, and funded by Advantage West Midlands.

So the event is not really free. We have already paid for it with our tax returns! If you want to get your £120 worth of tax back, please click along to here for more details !

Grant’s Rant © 2009

October 30, 2009

Prepare for London 2012 : Update

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What has happened to the Free Prepare for 2012 Workshops?

For the last couple of years, until the spring of 2009, I have presented at free Prepare for 2012 workshops around the West Midlands – Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull, Stoke, Stafford, Hereford, Worcester, and West Bromwich, to name a few.

The free workshops were provided to help West Midlands companies get access to the tenders for London 2012 Olympic related business opportunities.

This was a collaboration between Advantage West Midlands, the West Midlands Business Council, various Chambers of Commerce, Business Link West Midlands, and of course The University of Warwick.


I talked about using IT to help track down these 2012 business opportunities – A 2012 Business Radar if you like!

The University also hosted to sniff out and provide free access to these tenders.

So what has happened since Spring 2009?

Advantage West Midlands awarded a new contract to carry out this work with Business Link, a consortium of the Chambers of Commerce, and BiP Solutions Ltd.

So I can tell you the West Midlands Business Council were none to pleased about this. As I supported the West Midlands Business Council, it doesn’t look like I will be presenting at any future workshops either.

But the show has to go on, doesn’t it? Well I haven’t seen any publicity for these events yet!

The site is still alive, and I have also put up a page on my website about London 2012 related business opportunites and news at

I believe BiP Solutions will provide Procurement Training Workshops, and they also provide the procurement portal, and the London 2012 contracts portal.

But more about that in another rant, as I suspect we (the public purse) have essentially paid £multi-millions for the same software that was already being provided.

Grant’s Rant © 2009

March 17, 2008

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

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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.

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

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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

With the launch of CompeteFor, we do hear the complaint:

Oh no - not another *%$+!!! website ....

Of course and 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

They have a very good introduction to the subject at

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:

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 we provide a Newsfeed for live 2012 tenders published in our database.

Here is the news url to subscribe to :

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:

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
Computer and Related Services Tenders
Construction and Real Estate Tenders
Education Tenders
Energy and Related Services Tenders
Environment and Sanitation Tenders
Finance and Related Services Tenders
Materials and Products Tenders
Mining and Ores Tenders
Printing and Publishing Tenders
Research and Development Tenders
Other Services Tenders
Technology and Equipment Tenders
Transport and Related Services Tenders
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.
London 2012 News
Ready for Business 2012 Tenders
WMCCM Live 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

January 03, 2008

Ready for Business Twenti Twelve Site in the Birmingham Post

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See WMCCM in the Birminham Post Business SectionWMCCM's Ready for Business site will shortly be joined by a national CompeteFor Portal
WMCCM make the news again. While we have helped West Midlands Companies over the last year to find and win London 2012 Olympic related business, we shall shortly be joined by CompeteFor, a National 2012 Business Opportunity Network. Read the full story  |  Sneak preview of CompeteFor

Grant's Rant | Twenti Twelve Tenders 2008

November 07, 2007

London 2012 Announce £496 million Olympic Stadium Design

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Wow, here it is, the new design of the Olympic Stadium for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.


Sir Robert McAlpine is expected to begin building work on the venue as early as next April - several months earlier than planned.

And its cheaper than Wembley - although Wembley did include redevelopment and transport links. The Olympic Park, Stratford Village, Lea Valley redevelopment, and transport infrastructure will of course will be additional high ticket items, for example, an estimated £17billion on transport alone.

Its great to see some of the top tier contracts are now in place, that means the rest of the supply chain opportunities for lower tier contractors and sub-contractors will start to appear.

And 80,000 seats during the games, presents a big supply chain opportunity.

After the games, the upper tier of 55,000 seats can be demounted and reused for other projects, leaving a legacy 25,000 seater venue for the community. 

Great animation on the BBC and the London 2012 site.

Grant's Rant | Twenti Twelve Tenders 2007

November 01, 2007

Sameday Courier : Wet Fish Need Transport Too

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Wet fish is just one of the strange things people ask to be delivered around the country - You would be suprised : a tonne of bricks, coffins, dead monkeys, or even four brolleys to a golf tournament to make the TV Breakfast News.

These are just a few of the items delivered by N10 Logistics, a Midlands based sameday courrier company, which I recently profiled and featured on our WMCCM marketplace.

Of course transport is a very important part of the supply chain, but it is often the last thing we think about, so we need a friendly, helpful courier company to get us out of trouble when we are up against the wire. Many big contracts have been lost because important tender documents have arrived just 10 minutes too late.

So make sure your important time sensitive deliveries, or your wet fish, get there on time - have a look at the N10 profile.

As you can see, we are getting pretty good at making our featured companies visible to potential customers - and we do this for free for eligible companies!


Grant's Rant | Twenti Twelve Tenders | Marvellous Marketing 2007

September 28, 2007

London 2012 Tender | 4 Year Bus Services Contract

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The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) wishes to contract an operator to deliver bus transport services for a four year period - drivers, buses, maintenance, route planning, time-tabling, related services, and eventual vehicle decommissioning.

Grant's Rant | Twenti Twelve Tenders 2007

2012 Tender £200k Opportunity | Weymouth & Portland

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If you are a project manager / quantity surveyor, then this £200k services contract may be for you.

Weymouth and Portland will host sailing events as part of the 2012 Olympic Games.

The redevelopment of the Weymouth Pavilion and Ferry Terminal will include new homes, shops and cafes situated around a public square, a four star hotel, a new marina and parking facilities. Project management and quantity surveying services will be required to support this development.

Grant's Rant | Twenti Twelve Tenders 2007

London 2012 Construction Commitment Roadshows

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Thought I better announce the West Midlands 2012 Construction Commitment Conference, as I just found out about this in a meeting with Advantage West Midlands (AWM) and the West Midlands Centre for Constructing Excellence WMCCE.

This free event, at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on 6th December 2007, will allow you to learn more about the 2012 Construction Commitments, Common Minimum Standards and the 2007 CDM Regulations.

You will also hear about good practice and have an opportunity to interact with representatives from Constructing Excellence, Health and Safety Executive, Office of Government Commerce, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), and your regional development agency (AWM).

As part of a national roadshow to raise awareness of the supply chain opportunities generated by the ODA's tier one contractors, similar events will also be held in the East Midlands, the South East, Northern Irelend, and Yorkshire & Humberside.

Grant's Rant | Twenti Twelve Tenders 2007

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