10 May 2017
Rainford based Allied Lifts is winning high profile clients by improving their contract tender success rate after using the Chamber’s Access to Specialist Services programme.
Allied Lifts provides a range of lift services including maintenance, repair and installation. After establishing an excellent reputation in the industry the company was looking to attract more high profile customers by improving their bid and tendering skills.
The business going from strength to strength after receiving specialist advice and planning through St Helens Chamber. Prior to meeting with a specialist business adviser, the company experienced difficulties in winning bids. After some in-house training, a plan was put together in conjunction with a specialist business adviser that enabled the business to react quickly to available tenders and put a good case forward.
Graham Pollard, Business Development Manager, at Allied Lifts said: “Allied Lifts accessed this service through the Chamber to achieve growth and skills within the business.
“We wanted to better our opportunities when producing tender notification returns through various online services.
“This required specialised consultancy guidance for our staff and assisted in their expertise enabling them to successfully complete these online tender opportunities and achieve the business’ commitment to growth.
“We found the help from the Chamber second to none and it allowed us to source the correct and most fitting supplier to deliver a bespoke consultancy for our needs.
“It is now very common to find opportunities for tendering via the web, which requires a specific approach to complete the documents and without this consultancy we would have missed many opportunities for business.
“Since completing the tender management consultancy, we have found the support invaluable for future tenders and are seeing continued growth. We have also secured various high profile accounts and we know this will continue to flourish and enable us to grow the business. In turn this will lead to further employment opportunities for local people.”
The Access to Specialist Services project offers grants of up to 35% of the cost of using external specialist services and consultancy. The programme can assist with a wide range of projects for business growth, such as support with tendering, marketing, and gaining industry accreditations. Grant funding is available to St Helens-based SMEs, operating in a business-to-business capacity. The project is part of the New Markets 2 Programme, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
For more information on the Access to Specialist Services programme and the wide range of projects that can be supported, please contact John Woods at St Helens Chamber on 01744 742058 or visit www.sthelenschamber.com/a2ss.