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Its time to improve your bid sets!

19th June 2017

Whether it is tendering an offer to construct part of the new HS2 rail link, or the extension to a semi-detached house, a successful outcome has a far-reaching outcome. Certainly, it means guaranteed work for a specific period of time and, assuming all goes according to plan, a reasonable profit. However, there is more to a successful tender bid than financial reward. If you are a business owner, it means you also take on the responsibility of making sure your employees have a continual stream of work.

Particularly in the construction industry, the winning of a major contract can result in not just a few months’ work, but several years of work, so a successful outcome is critical. However, it doesn’t always come down to the lowest tender winning – there are many individual elements which will be taken into consideration, such as past experience and financial capabilities. In addition, at each and every opportunity, you are going to want to impress a potential client, and that will include the presentation of the bid itself with a highly-impressive and memorable bid box.

Often, to a contractor’s cost, too much effort is placed on the bid itself to be competitive, and little time spent on the actual bid presentation. Your bid needs to stand out not just in terms of figures, but also in terms of presentation, which is where our bid services at Entwistle Group can help you stand out and impress on all quarters.

How bid sets have transformed from the past

With so many recent advancements in modern technology, bid sets have changed beyond recognition, and as a professional and multi-faceted printing company, the Entwistle Group has become far more involved in the process. While our clients are some of the very best in their chosen fields, our responsibility comes in using our design and printing skills to show our clients at their best when helping to create a bid set.

Previously, bids might have been presented in a simple folder with a front and back cover. Wire binding would be the order of the day, while bid boxes would be compiled of drawings and held together with metal staples. With the arrival of Perspex bid sets began to look more professional and in keeping with the time, but it was still difficult to make an individual tender bid stand out.

Today, all that has changed. Whether its a stunning design for holding your bid boxes or a 3D model there are numerous ways to create a memorable bid. You will have already invested a great deal of time (and therefore money) in working on your bid, so it makes no sense to cut corners when it comes to presentation. This is your time, as a business, to excel and create the right impact.

What can Entwistle offer as your printing partner?

As professional printers, we work within a field where many immediately think about volume and print runs – the words ‘one-off’ and ‘printer’ are not often thought of together. In the days when the major cost of printing was the creation of the plate, that was understandable, but today all that has changed. Digital technology has not only substantially reduced the cost of printing, it has introduced the element of versatility it previously lacked, and this is where a professional printer is now an essential element of any bid process.

While you need to be able to concentrate on the technical side of your bid, we can look after the visual aspects of the presentation. You will be assigned a senior member of our team who will liaise with you from start to finish. With the help of our designers, we can help you to create a bid set of exceptional quality and complexity, using design skills that are of an artisanal level. What you can be assured of is that we can bring many elements of your bid ‘to life’ and ensure that you represent your company in the very best light.

Additionally, and particularly for major bid sets, there is a substantial volume of elements, and space can become essential in order to ensure that everything is faultlessly produced. As a consequence, we are able to provide dedicated areas which will be for your sole use.

We ensure confidentiality is guaranteed

Then there comes confidentiality. By the very nature of a tender, confidentiality is critical, and at the Entwistle Group, you can be assured of this. For all tender bids we are involved in, we will always sign appropriate non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality clauses as required. From a practical aspect, it is not uncommon for the specific financial details and executive summary to be printed the night before submission deadline. We are no strangers to working through the night to provide additional peace of mind for our clients and to ensure maximum confidentiality. In other words, we will work around the clock to make sure that everything relating to a tender bid is presented correctly and of even greater importance, on time.

How do can Entwistle ensure your bid set is printed on time?

Finally, at one point or another we have all encountered that moment when you urgently need to run off a copy of a document and the office printer decides to play up, or die altogether. Sometimes we don’t always appreciate the benefits of modern technology until they stop working! Here at Entwistle group, we don’t like leaving anything to chance, and we would dread the consequences of months of work being put into a bid wasted as a result of a faulty printer. To ensure there can be no such problem, we don’t have just the one Indigo digital press, but we actually have three, because we simply don’t believe in taking any chances.

If you haven’t considered using a printing company before for your tender bidset, then get in contact with us here at Entwistle Group and we will be more than happy to show you some of our past work. We think you will be pleasantly surprised with what you discover! 

Entwistle are printing experts and have branches in ManchesterBradfordMiddleton and Warrington. For information on printing bid sets and tender documents– call today.