Superhero comics, films and television programmes have taught us numerous lessons over the years, the most important one being that no matter how strong, clever or old you are, you never stop learning.

This theory can be applied to getting involved in public sector procurement for small businesses. Getting started can seem daunting but just like Superman and Wonder Woman, you have to start somewhere.

Knowledge is power and having the right intelligence will help you to capture all the contracts that are available for your business.

Find out how you can release Supply2Gov superpowers below.


Have a “Hawkeye” for tender opportunities

Knowing where to look is the first step to becoming the superhero of your company. You can use our platform to search for tenders in your chosen area.

The Avengers would not be complete without the skills of a true marksman – remember, if you don’t shoot, then you do not score.  Register for free today and receive tender alerts that are suitable for sole traders and micro/small businesses.


Find tenders in a flash

As the old saying goes, ‘if you’re not fast, you’re last” and in the world of business, poor timing can be costly.

Staying up to date is a battle for new public sector suppliers. Many sole traders and micro businesses miss opportunities when they are searching for tenders, simply because of the sheer volume of sources out there.

Our speedy researchers look for opportunities across Ireland and the UK every day, something that many businesses do not have the time or resources for. Just think of Supply2Gov as the Flash in your Justice League!


Hammer the competition

Take action and your business will soar ahead of any competition, even larger players in the market.  Every great superhero needs to prepare for their first challenge and with Supply2Gov, you are sure to learn more about procurement and train for the marketplace.

Subscribing to our website means you will never miss the latest in procurement news. The more that you familiarise yourself with procurement terms and regulations, the better your bids will be. Before you know it, you will be the expert and you will start to win contract opportunities!

Get help from a Supply2Gov sidekick

Where would Batman be without Robin? Every great hero has a sidekick who is always conveniently there in their time of need.

If you want support or advice on how to get started, get in touch with a member of our expert procurement team. We can help you to get your head around all aspects of procurement – which is why we have also added an FAQs section on our support page.


Save the day

Superman wouldn’t think twice about signing up for a free Supply2Gov account. Let your micro/small business fly high and before you know it your business will grow from strength to strength.

We love happy endings and that is why we have tailored packages for micro businesses at every stage. Whether you are looking for tenders in your local area, or across Ireland and overseas into the UK, we have a pricing package suitable.

Make powerful decisions with Supply2Gov. Start for free today.

discussion after tender bid

Win or lose, your micro business should ask for feedback, as even a winning tender will have flaws that could be improved on in the future.

If you have received a rejection for a bid that you have worked hard on, then it is incredibly important that you ask for feedback after the tender evaluation.

Something small could be stopping your business from winning valuable contracts with the public sector and instead of guessing, the quickest and most efficient way of improving your bid strategy is to ask for the buyer’s feedback.


Learn from the tender evaluation

This may seem like a cliché, however, learning from your mistakes could lead to success in the future.

Onwards and upwards may seem like the best way to go, but looking back on why your proposal was turned down by a buyer will help your business to move forward. Think of it as constructive criticism.

The feedback that you are given from a failed bid will arm you with knowledge that will help you to strengthen future bids.


How should you ask?

Suppliers working with the public sector have the rights to request a verbal or face to face debrief with the buyer. Although raising a challenge is time limited, there is no deadline for requesting a debrief.

A lot can be learned from your failed bids and a face to face meeting will provide you with an opportunity to discuss the response in greater detail. Take the opportunity to listen to the buyer’s feedback and to ask any questions you may have.

The purpose of the debrief is to find out from the buyer’s viewpoint how the bid could have been improved and where it fell short. Whether you agree or not, record any feedback that you are given. Incorporate what you learn into future bids – it could increase your win rate.


What Questions Should I Ask?

First, you must find out what led to your bid being rejected.

It is important that your business understands where it is going wrong. If you are unsure what to ask to elicit detailed feedback and are confident that your bid was wholly compliant, the following questions may give you the insight that you require to win in the future:

  • Was your business eligible?
  • Did your business provide everything that was requested?
  • Did you hit the deadlines stated?
  • Did you give enough details relating to pricing, strategy and company background?
  • What could your business do differently in the future?


How Can Supply2Gov Help?

At Supply2Gov we encourage all our customers to request feedback. This will show buyers that your business is committed to improving.

Remember, if you don’t shoot then you will never score. Don’t let one failure stop you from applying to other bids.

Once you have asked for feedback, get back in the game with Supply2Gov tender alerts. Knowledge is power and you will be able to produce a more polished proposition when it is time for your business to submit another tender bid for evaluation.

We can help you to find relevant tenders in your local area, Ireland and the UK. Find out more about our free local area subscription.