Head of Finance and Procurement at Loreburn Housing Association
Working with Tender Bids, and in particular Tom, was a pleasure from start to finish. We had been looking for someone with expertise in tendering for legal services and another Housing Association had recommended Tom.
We had never heard of Tom or Tender Bids before working with them but it was a great decision to do so. Tom supported us through all stages of Tender process with detailed and proactive advice to ensure we got the most economically advantageous tender.
Tom’s expertise in getting added value and community benefits from bidders has seen us get returns such as 3% cashback on spend, free training days, free 20mins telephone calls, none of which we had been receiving before.
Tom was always on hand to answer any questions and delivered within the agreed the timescales. The thing I enjoyed most about working with Tom was the ability I had to pick up the phone and ask him any related procurement question at no extra cost. This proved invaluable during the process and Tom’s desire to see me increase my procurement knowledge is an experience I haven’t seen before in using a consultancy service. Tom genuinely cares about helping and developing his clients.
Business Services Manager at Caledonia Housing Association
We used Tom from Tender Bids to take us through the procurement process for setting up a legal services framework contract that covered all the key legal services required by the Group.
Tom was excellent at steering the Group through the procurement process, including setting up service level agreements with all of the legal companies that make up the framework contract. Another excellent part of the service provided by Tom was in relation to the effort he puts in with regards to fully understanding what the Group’s legal service requirements and expectations were with the result, the Group now has in place a legal services framework contract that provides both high quality legal services as well as providing significant cash savings for the Group.
I fully recommend Tender Bids to any organisation that needs specialist procurement services.
Head of Project Management at University of Strathclyde
Tom has provided great direction, assistance and support in implementing our Frameworks for Consultants and Contractors.
Public Procurement is an absolute minefield that one can inadvertently trip into, leading to challenges and subsequent delay and loss of reputation. Tom has an in depth and thorough knowledge of the issues coupled with a straightforward and proactive approach to implementation that achieves compliance with the legislation in a sensible and workable manner.
Furthermore, he maintains an up to date, detailed awareness of applicable case law and precedents that impact upon the field and has provided an invaluable knowledge resource to keep us right.
Definitely someone you would want on your side, regardless what side you are on!!
Director of Support Services at Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration
Tom Callaghan is an outstanding Procurement Specialist, who has worked with the executive team in the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) from 2009, and continues to support the organisation, as required.
He worked as Procurement Lead on a business critical projects and has advised on issues of compliance and governance; provided excellent and comprehensive training for staff in key procurement issues; and prepared a bank of procurement guides and policy documents. In a procurement advisor you want competence and assurance, that you are getting the best legal and practice information: Tom provides such assurance in spades. He has a deep knowledge and understanding of the regulatory framework coupled with an encyclopedic wealth of practical experience.
Tom also provides a service which feels bespoke: quickly appreciating the culture and values of the organisation, which enabled him to positively influence a change in approach to procurement. He is responsive and reliable, always delivering in a manner that meets the clients needs, underpinned by a strong professional code of practice. An exceptional contributor.
Managing Director JS McColl (Painting Contractors) Ltd
JS McColl Ltd would recommend the services of Tender Bids Ltd for any company which wishes to enhance its profile in the market place or is looking to improve their success rate in tendering for public sector contracts. Working with Tender Bids they have delivered a high success rate in both PQQ’s and Tenders with little time input from ourselves.
We have always had difficulty trying to make documents and tenders reflect how well we operate our work systems, process controls, quality management and commitment. That is now a thing of the past. Tender Bids continually come up with a clear concise response to the questions poised in a manner which reflects our expertise in Painting Management and has delivered a very high level of success and has enhanced the reputation of JS McColl Ltd.