About Us & Our Tender Consultancy
Vicki Stewart established tender consultancy firm; Tender Victory in 2010 and brings with her a wealth of experience having worked as a public sector buyer, with Devon & Cornwall Police. Vicki leads and manages a team of experienced writers each with a proven track record.
During her time with the Police, Vicki managed many tender processes. This involved her writing the PQQ (now SQ!) and ITT documentation that was sent out to potential suppliers and constructing the scoring mechanisms that would be used to evaluate the tenders upon their return. Vicki would then evaluate the incoming tenders and also the administration and management of any subsequent evaluation stages such as bidder presentations and site visits.
Vicki has attended a number of European Procurement training courses, in addition to achieving her MCIPS qualification and uses this valuable experience as a buyer to ensure that the Tender Victory team produce tender submissions that engage buyers and answer their questions clearly and succinctly. Her quality control and attention to detail is second to none ensuring you the most accurate tender response that you can have confidence in submitting.
Understanding how buyers think and approach tender evaluations gives Tender Victory a valuable insight into the buyers world, which is used deliver high performing tender consultancy and ultimately to write winning tenders!
What drives the Tender Victory team is ensuring that they deliver a high level of service at a price that is affordable to clients.
Vicki is passionate about passing on her knowledge and has written a raft of informative blogs that will help you vastly improve your internal bid process, read them all here.
Read more about Vicki and her team of experienced writers below, all of whom bring something different to the creative writing process, calling upon years of experience in a wide range of sectors and specialisms.
Vicki has always been interested in the written word, having graduated from Bath Spa University with a 2:1 honours degree in English Literature. She then worked negotiating and writing film location agreements before moving to the BBC, where she spent 2.5 years in Artists’ Contracts. In 2005 Vicki began working in public sector procurement with Devon & Cornwall Police.
Remaining with the Police until 2010, Vicki then decided that her knowledge, experience and writing skills would be valued amongst the SMEs and suppliers struggling to get a foothold in the public sector marketplace due to onerous procurement processes. She left her Police position and began writing tenders for business right away! A decision she remains delighted with to this day and has never looked back!
Claire has over 10 years’ experience helping companies with the tendering process, tailoring her style and approach to each client’s experience, strengths and way of working. She has worked in-house as a Bid Manager for the construction and IT sectors, as well as with owner-managed businesses compiling documentation for compliance and producing high quality tender documents for submission and presentation. Claire also delivers bespoke training in bid writing and management for private companies and can support with coaching around the bidding process.
Claire has worked with a variety of SME clients from across a range of industries as well as corporate clients such as The Met Office, First Group and NEC. She has recently worked on successful tenders for a Crown Commercial Service software framework, for a software company and a new website design and build for a local authority.
Nicola has seventeen years’ experience in successfully managing multi-million pound bids with central government departments, local government clients and blue chip commercial clients. She is a specialist in bidding for public sector business and is fully conversant with EU and UK procurement rules and their ramifications on public sector bidding.
Prior to managing bids, Nicola gained over ten years’ experience as an account manager, meeting client needs, whilst ensuring that company’s commercial interests were maintained. She has excellent project management skills and is a well organised team player. She has provided successful bid management services in the print, business process outsourcing, financial services, industrial, legal and care home and domiciliary care industries among others. She is an active member of the APMP (Association of Proposal Management Professionals) and is certified as a bid manager by this organisation.
Julian is an experienced writer and researcher with a successful track record of winning securing public sector tenders and grants across a range of sectors and for a variety of clients. Julian’s considerable experience to date includes offering business support services to micro, small and medium sized enterprises. These services have included tender writing, bid management, tender evaluation and mentoring support.
Julian’s core skills in clear and effective writing are complemented by a deep understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods which are often useful to organisations seeking to demonstrate their impact or understand market need.
It was Katie’s love of writing that attracted her to writing and managing bids during her 8 year stint working as Marketing Manager for suppliers in the live events market – wining contracts with organisations such as Royal Ascot, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Goodwood Festival of Speed, English Heritage, Cancer Research Race for Life and many others. Using this experience, she moved into bid management roles in healthcare and office furniture supply where she played pivotal roles in winning multi million pound contracts.
Katie’s marketing background gives her an excellent understanding of what it takes to write compelling, persuasive proposals. Katie communicates well with clients, to extract the information needed to write accurate, well thought-out and thorough responses to complex questions.
Hugh is an exceptional coach, who works well with teams and individuals to ensure that their face to face presentations, pitches, dialogue sessions and meetings enable businesses to present themselves at their absolute best to prospective clients. Hugh coaches teams on how to deliver key messages in ways that make them more interesting and memorable. He delivers training on how to develop rapport, credibility and trust with clients when they meet them face to face during formal interviews and presentations.