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Innovative business support for Bid Writer Consultancy

Friday 7th September

Bid Writer Consultancy

The Growth Hub has helped a range of businesses in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull region grow through free business workshops, access to funding and finance, and support from Growth Hub partners.

Bid Writer Consultancy (BID) provides a unique, vital service that is giving small and medium-sized (SME) businesses access to lucrative contracts from local authorities and the public sector through its expert, affordable bid writing service.

Challenges of the business

BID is run by an experienced bid writer with over 15 years industry knowledge, but with very limited knowledge of using IT systems and IT processes to increase efficiency.

As the procurement world is constantly changing, gone are the days of a company submitting a brief description of their service/product and a price. Today, bids are lengthy documents and funders require very detailed information on all aspects of the bidders business, and detailed diagrams showing delivery areas, projected growth and planned outcomes. The need to hold a ‘library’ of client information is now a must.

BID wanted to grow their business through improving their IT systems and security, which would enable them to provide new service delivery and improved customer interface, enabling them to compete in the market place against larger agencies.

How the Growth Hub helped

BID applied for a Business Innovation Voucher worth £2,500, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The Business Innovation voucher scheme is distributed by Growth Hub partners Birmingham City University, University of Wolverhampton and Aston University.

With the funding from the Business Innovation Voucher and match funded by BID, the business was able to work with an IT Consultant, who was able to help:

  • Improve cyber security giving the business confidence to actively seek new clients and safeguard existing client data.
  • Securely back-up data
  • Develop a Bid Writing Library System to simplify and automate parts of the bid writing process. This will help achieve business efficiencies and support the financial growth of the business.
  • Increase internal knowledge to produce high quality documents and bespoke diagrams, which are crucial to meet client requirements for documents that highlight specific aspects of their business.

The investment from the Business Innovation Voucher has helped ensure BID’s future growth and innovate their systems. Managing Director, Sharon Welch said:

"The Innovation Voucher will assist Bid Writer Consultancy to invest in processes streamlining and IT security that is crucial to our business continuation and future growth.”

Find out more about how your business could apply for an Innovation Voucher here.

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