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Bid 2 Win – Open Now

 The programme will run from May 2019 to December 2022 for 180 local businesses across three Council areas – Antrim and Newtownabbey, Mid & East Antrim and Lisburn & Castlereagh City.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, in partnership with Mid & East Antrim Borough Council and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, has launched an innovative programme to help local businesses win more business tenders.

Programme Aims and Content

The FREE programme aims to support the growth of small and micro businesses, providing them with the knowledge and skill to expand in the area of procurement and tender opportunities, increasing competitiveness and helping to create new employment opportunities within the Council areas.
Participating companies can avail of:
  • 1 Introductory workshop - this ½ day session will provide an insight into the public procurement process, private sector supply chains, good tender practice and how to avoid common pitfalls. (Conducted remotely until further notice).
  • 1-to-1 mentoring - where participants learn practical tendering skills e.g. how to register and navigate tender portals, bid library development, tender road mapping, review of previous submissions, support with a live bid etc. (Conducted remotely until further notice).
  • A series of specialist workshops (various topics and dates available to be conducted remotely until further notice).
Participants will also be invited to attend online Buyer Briefing sessions. These will replace the planned Meet the Buyer events which have had to be postponed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Introduction to Tendering Workshops

9 March (morning session)
11 May  (evening session)
28 September (morning session) 
9 November  (tbc)

22 February (evening session)

Note: Due to Government social restrictions, all workshops will be held remotely until further notice. Workshop times to be confirmed closer to the time. Please check with organisers.


Eligibility Criteria

Businesses must meet the following criteria:
  • Have a registered business address located within one of the participating Council areas;
  • Be an SME (including social enterprises) employing less than 50 employees;
  • Be actively trading for a minimum of 12 months and not receiving any similar assistance from elsewhere;
  • Not be an Invest NI client (or be able to demonstrate the approval of their Invest NI Client Executive to participate on the programme); and,
  • Ability to create jobs and are operating in markets where there are viable tender opportunities relevant to their business services in the UK and beyond.


180 places are available, but with almost 13,400 VAT-registered businesses registered across the three council regions, places are very limited and interest is already high. For more information and to register for the workshops, please contact Laura Kearney at Envision Management Consultants on 02890 452777 or laurak@envision-ni.co.uk .

Project Funding

The programme is funded through the participating Councils, Invest NI and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth and Jobs (Northern Ireland 2014-2020) Programme (EUIGJ) Local Economic Development Measure.

Useful Contact

Innovation and Funding Officer

Alastair Law

Mossley Mill,
BT36 5QA

Tel: 02894463113

Contact the Innovation and Funding Officer

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