Public Sector Contracts – Finding Opportunities
Portals provide information on contract opportunities, valued at billions of pounds each year. This week for example 501 opportunities.
The sectors include:
- construction work – general
- health and social work
- education and training
- health services
- business services
- environmental services
- repair and maintenance
- consultancy services
- miscellaneous services
- cleaning services
- surface works
- software and information systems
123 opportunities with values over £1,000,000. Therefore, are Small and Medium Sized businesses growing into these contracts?
Repeating Opportunity Searches
It is strange how as a business with direct sales employees there is an expectation that contract sizes and complexity continue to grow. Contrast that with Public Sector Tender Opportunities, the experience repeats itself, the same contracts, same value and little difference in delivery.
Consequently there is a growing issue! Experienced Medium Sized Companies compete with micro and small businesses for the same market share. Failing to use the experience gain to fuel business development and growth.
Contract volume – the number of similar contracts is an indication of atrophy, both financial and development.
Create the Strategy
Develop the ratio approach. Every three small contracts generates interest in one new contract double the size. For example, three contracts valued at £75,000 pa amount to £225,000 turnover, therefore adding a new contract at £150,000pa is a reasonable step.
This method applies is the small contracts are £15,000 in annual value – the principle remains the same lay the trifold foundation and continue to grow.
Create Economies of Scale
Winning Contracts from the incumbent provider is easier than businesses realize because there is a failure to accept the need for reduced infrastructure costs. As each new contract is added the core costs necessarily reduce, however, businesses tend to leave the costs where they are. Pay attention to the detail.
The example that springs to mind linked to the HR costs of a cleaning company, the rate for the first 24 employees is fixed, from 25 to 100 again the rate is fixed. So the company paid £1,000 to the HR consults per month for the first 100 employees. However, the real cost of employees reduced as new staff were recruited. Therefore, the hourly rate failed to reflect that reduction.
Be clear with the bid or tender writing team on cost centres, consequently, these minor economies of scale win contracts, increase margins and keep the content fresh.
- Expand the knowledge of opportunities.
- Increase the value
- Find the economies of scale – every penny counts
- Keep opportunity selection at the heart of the business development strategy
- Grow with confidence