Frequently Asked Questions
How quickly can we expect a response from you to our initial enquiry?
We will call you on the same day your enquiry comes in to have an initial discussion of your needs. This will then help us to present you with a proposal and costings for the assignment.
Do we need to meet face-to-face before work commences?
In many cases face-to-face meetings will be desirable. However, with modern technology, they are not always essential. We can conduct business with you over Skype, by teleconference and electronically. We will always be happy to meet personally and will also advise the points in the bid process where this would be beneficial.
Who will be working on my bid?
We will agree with you at the outset who will be working on your bid. In many cases it will be Andrew Morrison, our Director who takes personal accountability for all of our outputs. If your work is being proposed for one of our Bidding Associates, you will be able to have direct contact with them during the duration of the work.
How much do you charge for your services?
We have a standard daily rate, with the number of days required depending on:
- the amount of work you will be doing e.g. reviewing, editing and improving your work will be quicker than our creating original content
- whether the work is of an urgent, last-minute nature i.e. whether we will need to work at unsocial hours to complete the assignment
- if you need us to be at your premises, we recharge travelling costs
When are your fees due for payment?
We issue an invoice at the completion of the work assignment which is due for payment within 14 calendar days. Payments are preferred by direct bank transfer. If we are working for you on a retainer basis or on a lengthy assignment, then an invoice will be issued at the end of each calendar month.
Would you consider a risk sharing arrangement i.e. greater fee for winning tender / proposal; lower fee for one that does not succeed?
While we understand why this may be attractive in some cases, in practice we put the same commitment into all our work. There are a number of other factors which can also affect bid success. These include: (1) the price; (2) the competition offering; (3) the client’s experience and perception of your organisation; and (4) other external factors. As these are not factors we have control over, our work focuses on delivering high quality bid writing and bid strategy advice.