As the UK’s population continues to rise, the nation’s road network is becoming increasingly clogged, which explains why so many lucrative highways contracts are currently out to tender.
The government has sanctioned a multitude of large and small projects that are aimed at relieving some of the strain on the country’s roads. Whether it is minor work on a rural B-road, or a multi-million pound upgrade of the M6, the competition for contracts is intense, and highways companies must ensure their bid stands out.
In addition to our base in north-west England, Thornton & Lowe also has an office in Scotland, and we’ve been helping plenty of businesses north of the border to bid for road construction/maintenance projects. With so much going on, this is an exciting time to be involved in this industry.
As with all of our bid management offerings, our highways bid writing services can be split into six sections:
- Interim bid services on a contract by contract basis
We provide bid management, bid strategy, bid writing and bid coordination services to clients on a sporadic basis. Many of our customers have been with us for years, but we understand that they don’t require our services all the time. That’s just the nature of the highways industry.
- Monitoring and training of internal bid teams
It is easy for highways organisations to become snowed under in work, and their in-house bid management teams can sometimes be neglected. We can train your internal bid team to ensure they are delivering strong results, and we will monitor their progress on a semi-formal basis in the long term.
- Sourcing your bid function
Adding new members to your bid management team always carries a risk. Are applicants cut out for the job? What sort of experience do they have? Thornton & Lowe has a wealth of experience in this area, and we know exactly what to look for in a candidate. By taking our advice, you can soon put together a formidable group of bid writers who will help you win major contracts for many years to come.
- Bid design
It’s important that your bids carry a uniform corporate approach, and this is something that larger organisations find particularly difficult. We use our expertise to ensure your bid flows well and is consistent - two things that any successful bid must have, regardless of the sector.
- Provision of Tender Library software
Thornton & Lowe has developed a Tender Library - a sophisticated piece of software that has quickly become an essential bid management tool. The best thing about the program is its flexibility, as it can be tailored to suit each individual client.
- Contracted bid support
A lot of highways companies use our services in this way. They like the security of knowing they can “bank” a certain number of hours with us each month, ensuring that any upcoming bids are dealt with way before the final deadline.
We pride ourselves on the flexibility and professionalism of our bid management services, and we have a great record of helping businesses secure lucrative highways contracts all over the UK.