Tendering is how government bodies such as the NHS or Cheshire East Council purchase goods and services.

Services that need to be delivered are put out to tender and potential providers, such as charities or businesses can then bid to run those services.This is a competitive tenderign processs.


If your organisation is interested in delivering public services, then you will most likely have to get to grips with how to look for tender opportunites and the tender process.


  • The tendering process involves putting in a bid in response to an advertised Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the delivery of specific services.
  • Sometimes there is a preliminary stage to the process which involves filling in a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ); which is your opportunity to show that you are organisationally and financially capable of delivering the service.
  • Once all bids are received by a specified deadline, the organisation which is commissioning the service will decide who to award the contract to.


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Where to find TendersTenders from Local Authorities are published on The Chest click here for more information.

Tenders from the NHS are published here

Tenders from government bodies are published here

Tenders from Cheshire Police Authority and the Police and Crime Commissioner are published here.
Need Help?Please contact the Development Team if you would like any advice or support on  tendering and how to write effective bids.

We offer training on tendering and bids for organisations who would like to know more. Visit our training pages to find out the date of the next course.

Further very useful information on tendering and commissioning can be found here

KnowHowNonProfit have developed a great, easy to follow guide to negotiating contracts find out more here