The UK government has outlined hugely ambitious plans for the nation’s rail infrastructure, and there are some game-changing developments in the pipeline.
London’s extremely impressive Crossrail project is approaching completion, while the futuristic High Speed 2 (HS2) line - which will slash journey times between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds - is scheduled to be up and running in its entirety by the 2030s. The multi-billion pound HS2 project will be split into two phases, with work expected to start in 2017.
While this is undoubtedly the most eye-catching impending rail project, there are many smaller developments being launched up and down the country. This has presented rail organisations with an incredible opportunity to tender for some potentially landmark contracts. Of course, the competition for these deals is intense, so it is vital that companies submit a clear, concise and well-structured bid.
This is where Thornton & Lowe’s expert bid management team can make a real difference. The services we offer include:
- Bid writing
- Bid coordination
- Bid management
- Bid strategy
We have worked with some of the biggest rail companies in the UK on contracts worth billions of pounds, and have a vast amount of experience in this particular industry. Of course, we know that all businesses are different, much in the same way that all contracts are different too. This is why our services are tailored to meet each client’s needs.
What exactly do we offer?
Top quality support
Some rail organisations already have their own in-house team of bid writers, but are they delivering results? We are more than happy to step in and help you build a more effective group, and having been in the industry for so long, we know a good CV when we see one. We will also monitor their progress in the longer term, identifying areas in which improvements can be made.
In addition to this, companies can benefit from our Thornton & Lowe Tender Library - an advanced bid management tool that can also be adapted to suit our clients. We’ve spent a long time developing this software and the results speak for themselves.
Bid design services
We have already established that a well-designed bid usually makes the difference between success and failure. It doesn’t matter how big your reputation is, if you take a slack approach to bid writing, you risk losing lucrative contracts to other rail businesses - even if their track record is not as impressive as your own.
We ensure that your bid is clear and delivers your message effectively. Our team will go through your bid with a fine-toothed comb, making sure it is consistent and flows appropriately.
Contracted bid support
A lot of rail companies prefer to have a fixed contract in place, which allows them to benefit from our services on a set number of days each month. We appreciate that the rail industry is fluid and forever changing, which is why we give clients the chance to “bank” hours, enabling them to approach us as and when they need to.
Interim bid services
Many clients only need our services on an ad hoc basis, which is why we have worked tirelessly to make our operations as flexible and accessible as possible. We have plenty of clients who go months without any bid writing requirements, but then a couple of big contracts will turn up out of the blue. As ever, Thornton & Lowe covers every phase of the bidding process, including the EOI, PQQ, ITT and Presentation stage.