An Introduction to Tenders: New Course Launches on 28 September 2011

IDOX Information Solutions is pleased to announce the launch of its new Introduction to Tenders training course.

London, United Kingdom, August 21, 2011 --( As more and more statutory funders change their funding mechanisms from grants to procurement, it is becoming increasingly incumbent upon organisations that may respond to such opportunities to understand the drivers for commissioning and increase their chances of success.

This new training course will assist voluntary and public sector organisations with improving the skills and confidence they need in responding to first-stage contracting opportunities.

Staff from public and not-for-profit organisations who are expected to write tenders as part of their job will benefit from attending this course, as well as staff involved in the tendering decision-making on behalf of their organisation.

Applicants are expected to be representatives of organisations aiming to deliver local or regional services on behalf of statutory agencies including local or health authorities. Please note: As this course will look in depth at both the theory and practice of responding to tenders, attendees will be expected as a minimum to have previous experience of writing applications for grants over £10,000.

Delegates are encouraged to bring along tender applications they are working on, or tenders that have previously been submitted by their organisation for use in the practical elements of the day.

The course will cover a number of key areas, such as the differences between procurement and commissioning, procurement trends, top tips for pre-qualification and influencing commissioning. Practical work on the day includes studying a range of live tender documents ranging from European Calls for Proposals to central and local government opportunities.

The course will take place on Wednesday, 28 September 2011 at the IDOX offices at Chancery Lane, London and is priced at an introductory rate of £175 plus VAT per person, which includes lunch and light refreshments during the day and covers the costs of course material.

The course will be led by Fabienne Poulet whose 17-year career as a fundraiser covers grants and tenders from the UK central and local government, the European Commission and occasionally other European governments as well as Lottery and Comic Relief. In addition she has a wide-ranging knowledge of UK grant-making trusts and European foundations with an interest in international development, disability and the environment.

Learning outcomes are as follows:

· To demystify terminology and tender processes including European call for tenders or proposals.
· To promote confidence in responding to appropriate tenders.
· To improve skills in responding to a first-stage tender invitation.

For an informal chat or for further information, please contact Rebecca Erskine, Head of Training or any other member of our training team on 0844 874 0739,

IDOX Information Solutions
Rebecca Erskine
0844 874 0739