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Home » Awareness » Getting Business » Collaborative Tendering: Part 8

Collaborative Tendering: Part 8

Strategy for success

Having considered the threats to the success of your collaborative bidding relationship in the last article, here are some tips on how to succeed:-

  • Have a clear purpose – spend time evolving and defining what the mission of the team is
  • Find ‘good fit’ team members and leader – for example think about similar or complimentary cultures
  • Cooperative spirit
  • Information sharing
  • No short termism
  • Flexibility
  • Clear processes -  communication, reporting etc
  • Hands-on management
  • Monitor
  • Change mentality – ie approach the project with an open mind and preparedness to alter how ‘things are done around here’
  • Use all available expertise & tools, for example resources such as networking forums, Chambers of commerce, specialist procurement advisors; NDA’s & teaming agreements
  • For an excellent example of free help to get started, check out the Supplier Development Programme 'Tendering Together' workshops - see details of upcoming workshops


Pulling together the lessons from the series of articles on Collaborative Tendering, there are four concluding points which can be identified:-

  1. Collaboration is an important weapon for SME’s to win tenders
  2. There are significant costs and risks
  3. Time invested in preparation and organization essential
  4. Be open minded - but commercially aware!

Nothing in this awareness article is intended as legal advice. If you have a specific legal requirement or query you should consult a solicitor directly.