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2022 Growth Plan to cause 2023 bid resource shortage

2022 Growth Plan to cause 2023 bid resource shortage
Prioritised and accelerated road, rail and energy projects cause bottleneck

2022 was a year of highs and lows for many businesses and industries, including labour shortages, long lead times for materials, higher taxes, inflation, interest rates, house and fuel prices, lower growth, household incomes, budgets and funding – and we don’t have enough space to discuss Liz Truss.

As a result of the updated Growth Plan 2022, over 140 transport and infrastructure projects delayed or retendered procurement exercises, resulting in a significant bottleneck for January 2023.

The Government aims to commence and continue the majority procurement exercises throughout Q1 and Q2 2023, with projects mobilising by the end of Q4.

Major projects are expected at Sellafield, AWE, Hinkley Point C, Sizewell, and for Network Rail, HS2, and National Highways, plus a range of projects for new hydrogen pipelines, offshore windfarms, carbon capture, field developments, and local transportation.


Resource shortages

Due to the volume of procurement exercises running simultaneously, Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and core bid teams will exceed capacity, resulting in a severe bid resource shortage for both complex projects and pipeline/regional tenders.

Tier 2 and 3 contractors will also be under increasing pressure to support Tier 1 contractors as demand increases. The knock-on effect will mean Tier 2 and 3 contractors will experience a reduction in capacity due to a lack of dedicated bid resources and SME availability.

As Tier 1 contractors focus resources on major projects, procurement departments must utilise Tier 2 and Tier 3 contractors, resulting in fewer subcontract resources available to support major projects.

Gearing up to provide increased support

BWL maintained regular communication with clients and industry professionals to track each project and any impact on internal resources. This allowed us to increase the number of bid resources to meet client requirements and time to understand the experience/competency of each resource required.

Additionally, BWL has expanded – opening two new offices in the Midlands. They house our Senior Bid Writers and Bid Consultants, as well as BWL Legal’s Solicitors and BWL Construction Consultancy’s QS’s, estimators, and planners.


Tailored and trusted support

BWL Professional Bid Services provide bid management and bid writing services to a range of Tier 1 contractors, main contractors, and subcontractors.

We only employ senior bid professionals who are trained in both APMP Proposal Management and become certified APM Project Managers.

Our services are tailored to support you, whether you require a single resource to write and manage a bid, a senior bid writer to support your team, or an entire team consisting of a bid manager and senior bid writers.

We have a unique understanding of each project’s scope, the terms and conditions, and the solution to meet the specification.

Our staff have a wealth of recent experience supporting major construction and infrastructure bids, such as Lower Thames Crossing, Sellafield’s PPP Frameworks, Network Rail’s CP7 Frameworks, and DEFRA.

This gives our clients a high level of confidence that they receive experienced, competent, and reliable bid resources with previous knowledge of the industry and Employer/Client.


What our clients say


November 2022 – Glenelly Infrastructure Solutions

“This was the first time we went to an external company to assist with a framework tender. It was the best business decision we have made for some time as the quality of the tender responses we received from the team at BWL was outstanding. I would like to thank both Kevins, Joseph and Sean for their support. We look forward to working with you all again.”

August 2022 – Killaree Lighting Services

“KLS ha used BWL for the submission of several large tenders which were successful. The staff assigned to the tender showed an excellent understanding of the requirements of the bid in very efficient time. All staff were very knowledgeable in their respective fields.”

December 2022 – Overton Mechanical and Electrical Services

“We have used BWL a number of times over a span of 3 years and we have won 2 very substantial contracts thanks to their expertise and knowledge of the tender process, this has enabled our company to grow and I couldn’t recommend the team enough!”


Speak with us

If you have an opportunity in 2023 you would like to discuss, please contact us, and we’ll get in touch

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