5 Things to Look for in Garden Maintenance Tenders

Published27th July 2022 AuthorJohn Hudson

What to look for in garden maintenance tenders

Are you trying to find garden maintenance tenders, but are not sure if the contract is right for you? Finding the right contract for your business can be tricky, especially if you’re new to the tendering process.

In this blog, we take a look at five things you should look for in tenders for garden maintenance services.

  1. Have you got enough experience?

Before you start bidding for garden maintenance tenders, you should look at your experience. Usually, the buyer will expect to see at least two to three case studies from the past five years.

If you don’t meet this portion of the contract, then it’s probably not the right tender for you. Instead, you should choose contracts that you can offer relevant contract examples for.

  1. Do you meet the financial standing?

When trying to choose garden maintenance tenders for your business, consider your financial standing. Do you meet the financial standing required to bid for the contract?

Generally, we would advise against tendering for contracts worth more than 50% of your annual turnover. So, for example, if your annual turnover is £200k, you shouldn’t tender for work worth more than £100k. This is to ensure that you’re actually able to deliver the contract successfully.

  1. Can you offer something that your competition can’t? 

You should also consider your unique selling points (USPs) when trying to choose tenders for your business. For example, are you offering something that your competitors aren’t?

If you find contracts that allow you to put forward your USPs, you stand an even greater chance of winning.

  1. Will you need to outsource any work?

Another thing that you should consider is whether you’ll need to outsource any work. If the answer is ‘yes’, then how much will you need to outsource?

Generally, outsourcing over 50% of the work will require more explanation in your tender response. While your business can still bid for garden maintenance tenders successfully, the buyer will want to know more. For example, why should they choose your business over other suppliers?

  1. Are you able to deliver the contract in practice? 

Finally, you should think about whether you can actually deliver the contract in practice. For example, if you’re a small team, bidding for garden maintenance tenders for large, public gardens might not be feasible.

Likewise, if you’re based in London, bidding for contracts in Scotland might not be suitable for your business. Therefore, you should consider the logistics of the contract and make sure it’s realistic for you.

In summary 

Are you trying to find garden maintenance tenders for your business? Here are five things you should consider when trying to choose the perfect contract:

  1. Have you got enough experience?
  2. Do you meet the financial standing?
  3. Can you offer something that your competitors can’t?
  4. Will you need to outsource any work?
  5. Are you able to deliver the contract in practice?

Where to find garden maintenance tenders

A subscription to Facilities Tenders offers your business:

  • Access to all exclusive, public, and private sector opportunities within the facilities management  industry.
  • An Account Manager is available to answer any questions you may have about garden maintenance tenders. They can help you understand the procurement process and answer any questions you have about the tendering process in general.
  • A daily email bulletin sent straight to your inbox when new, sector-specific opportunities are uploaded.
  • Discounted support from Hudson Succeed, our bid writing division.
  • 20-minutes of free consultancy with one of our Bid Consultants each month.

Below are five garden maintenance tenders that we’ve previously sourced on the Facilities Tenders portal:

Homes England – Landscape Maintenance & Cleansing Contract 2022 – 20525

Homes England (The Name Adopted by the Homes & Communities Agency) – London – Budget: £80,000

Grounds Maintenance Services

Sheffield Hallam University – Yorkshire – Budget: £330,000

Verge Mowing Including Strimming Work

Carmarthenshire County Council – Wales – Budget: £1,000,000

Framework Agreement for the Provision of Grounds Maintenance & Grass Cutting Machinery

Education Authority NI – Northern Ireland – Budget: Undisclosed

Cemetery Grounds Maintenance 2022

Cork City Council – Republic of Ireland – Budget: Undisclosed

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Need assistance with bidding for garden maintenance tenders? We can help with that too!

You may not have the time or resources in house to write a winning tender response in house. Outsourcing to tender writing specialists can help you secure your next contract.

Our sister company, Hudson Succeed, provide four levels of bid writing support services. Our Bid Writers have over 60 years of collective bid writing experience and an 87% success rate. Whether you’re new to tendering or need your response proofread – we can help.

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Tender Ready is the perfect programme for those who are completely new to tendering. You’ll have access to an expert Bid Consultant to answer any questions that you may have.

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Our Bid Writers can look over a bid response you’ve already written, checking it for errors before you submit. Sometimes you just need another pair of eyes to go over your response and our Tender Mentor service can help.

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