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Step 5: Applying for a contract

Start small

Start building up your public sector experience by applying for smaller contracts first as typically, their requirements will be easier to meet.

If you are invited to tender, this is great news - however, if you have never done this before there is some great help available:

  • Business Link
    Self-help portal of action-focused information for small and medium businesses, linking to all relevant ministries and departments.
  • East London Business Place
    Free face-to-face business support service that drives and maximises opportunities for local businesses to engage with buyers in the East London Boroughs.
  • Supply Cross River
    Supply Cross River has been designed to support SMEs through the current economic down turn and can help you grow your business by helping you win new contracts.
  • Supply London
    A practical programme designed to provide relevant, in-depth support to London's SMEs to maximise their potential of winning new contracts with a specific focus on public sector procurement.
  • East of England Development Agency
    Provides support to help businesses flourish in the East of England
  • East of England Business Map
    An initiative led by the East of England Development Agency, to help businesses find business support in the region.
  • East Midlands Development Agency
    Provides help and support for businesses in the East Midlands region
  • Real Help North East
    An advice portal developed by One North East offering advice for businesses in the North East region
  • North West Regional Development Agency
    Provides business support to businesses in the North West region
  • South East England Development Agency
    SEEDA's key objective is to provide a range of excellent services to support businesses in the South East and help them take advantage of the economic upturn.
  • Advantage West Midlands
    Provides support for new and existing businesses to help make the economy for the West Midlands stronger and more productive
  • Yorkshire Forward
    Yorkshire Forward’s objective is to help businesses start up, grow and compete. They work with a range of partners to help the region's businesses become more successful, which in turn, boosts the region's economy.
  • National Federation of Builders
    Provides business solutions/resources to builders, contractors and house builders accross England and Wales, protecting businesses, saving members time and money, and allowing them to focus on their core business of construction.
Applying for a contract