To tender or not to tender

Successful public sector tendering offers some solid, recurring income for creative agencies that have cracked the process, but many agencies consider them too time consuming, too price focussed or overly favouring incumbents.

That aside, there are many opportunities available over the €25,000 tender threshold and many more below that procured in a more informal way.

For anyone interested there are many companies that offer training and supports in this area.

Orbidal Software to help you in creating tenders
Intertrade Ireland Helping companies do business cross border
Greenville Procurement Training & Consultancy for Public Sector
Bid Services Bid management and training
Keystone Tender Management and Training
Tender Team Help preparing tenders
ETenders View and respond to live tenders in Ireland
ETenders Northern Ireland  View and respond to live tenders in Northern Ireland
Office of Government Procurement Official Irish government procurement information

Here are some current and recent design and creative tenders as examples.

NCSE Design and print management – RFT design and print management service
Response deadline: 12-11-2020 12:00
Description: The NCSE requires a design, print management, and publication service
National Council for Special Education

Design Tender
Response deadline: 04-11-2020 17:00 Irish time
Description: In our Statement of Strategy 2019 – 2021, Adding Value to Qualifications, QQI commits itself to communicating the impact of its work in improving and enhancing the quality of education and training in Ireland for the benefit of learners. In particular, QQI aims to provide comprehensive information and be recognised as an authoritative voice on high-quality education and training provision and qualifications available in Ireland. QQI now seeks to appoint a suitably qualified design agency to assist the organisation in delivering effective and creative digital and visual communications.
Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

Multi Supplier Framework Agreement for the provision of B2B Digital Marketing Service for The University of Limerick
Publication date: 15-10-2020
Response deadline: 13-11-2020 14:00 Irish time
Procedure: 2. Open Procedure (OJEU)
Description: Lot 1:The University of Limerick seeks applications to secure a highly specialised B2B marketing partner with the capability to develop and implement a fully integrated, fully managed, precisely targeted communications and marketing programme for the 2021 intake of the UL MSc in Project and Programme Management online post graduate education programme. To successfully market the UL online programme requires a complete, holistic, end-to-end marketing approach. We require a specialist B2B marketing partner with the capability to deliver a broad range of best practice B2B services such as strategy, planning, websites, messaging, video, photography, print materials, brand marketing, demand generation activities, and pipeline nurturing etc. Lot 2:The University of Limerick seeks applications to secure a highly specialised B2B marketing partner with the capability to develop and implement a fully integrated, fully managed, precisely targeted communications and marketing programme for the 2021 intake of the UL MBA programme. To successfully market the UL MBA programme requires a complete, holistic, end-to-end marketing approach. We require a specialist B2B marketing partner with the capability to deliver a broad range of best practice B2B services such as strategy, planning, websites, messaging, video, photography, print materials, brand marketing, demand generation activities, and pipeline nurturing etc.
Education Procurement Service (EPS)

Student Enterprise Programme Co-ordinator
Response deadline:  31-07-2020 12:00
Description:  Local Enterprise Offices provide advice, information and support in starting up or growing a business. With 31 dedicated teams across the Local Authority network in Ireland, LEO offers a wide range of experience, skills and services. LEO also promotes enterprise and entrepreneurship and fosters a culture of enterprise throughout secondary schools. We have devised an enterprise programme where students set-up and run their own mini enterprises over the course of the academic year. The programme has a junior, intermediate and senior cycle and students in all categories are encouraged to take a business from the idea stage, through market research to production, selling, record keeping, management and finally to writing a comprehensive report. This is an invitation to tender as Student Enterprise Programme Co-ordinator to the Enterprise Education Committee, a voluntary committee working on behalf .of the Local Enterprise Offices
Buyer: Longford County Council

173192 – CON/0035/2020 – External Upgrade to Barracks HQ at McKee Barracks- Architect/PSDP
Response deadline:  13-08-2020 12:00  
Description: Ref to Briefing Document
Buyer: Department of Defence

173226 – TToF Business Plan – The development of a new business & operation plan for Thoamstown School of Food
Response deadline:  27-07-2020 15:00   Irish time
Description: Thomastown Town of Food Clg. (TToF) is a community-based non-profit distributing company limited by guarantee, based in County Kilkenny. TToF has a brief to “carry on the business of the promotion and development of a food-based community, educational and commercial initiatives and all activities related thereto.” Following some years of successful operation to a business model focused largely on training for the hospitality and restaurant trade the new Board of Directors has adopted a different approach to the Company’s mission and wish to secure the services of suitably qualified parties to assist them in the development of a new business plan- and the related operational model to that plan. The high-level objective is to assist the Board of Directors to make the strategic and tactical decision and allocations necessary to both fulfil its mission and to become sustainable as a social enterprise. The TToF will require the contracted party to provide the following services and to deliver to the requirements that follow: • Conduct a review of all elements of the current business plan and operational model- and provide the Board of Directors with a report of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for the Company. • Conduct a competitor analysis to the existing and potential business model. • Identify new areas of focus which will underpin the new business model. • Assist the Board in the development of operational procedures and processes to optimise the delivery of the business plan. • Advise on any investments or changes to the operation of the School of Food to improve sustainability.
Buyer: Kilkenny Leader Partnership Company

Waterford & Wexford Education & Training Board WWETB wishes to secure a website development and design company to design websites which promotes uniformity across the organisation and increased efficiency for it’s schools and centres.
Response deadline:  21-08-2020 12:00  
Description: The Provision for Website Development, Hosting, Support and Maintenance for Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board Seeking uniformity and increased efficiency for Schools and PLC colleges for each individual website for service to design websites which will incorporate a contract for licence and maintenance of same for 1 Primary School, 12 Post Primary Schools and 1 Post Leaving Certificate College, 1 Training Centre and 1 main organisation for the supply of website solutions and mobile app with a four year service maintenance contract. The contract will be for web development and for support, updates and maintenance for a duration of 3 years. The cost should also include any relevant updates during the contract. There will be an option to extend the contract for a further 1 (one) year with 1 (one) such extension permissible. WWETB reserves the right to engage the successful provider for other web development requirements during the lifetime of the contract such as WWETB organisational website and other school and centres.

Establishment of a Framework Agreement for Design Services
University College Cork (UCC)
Response deadline:  21-08-2020 12:00
Description: This public procurement competition will be divided into three lots (each a “Lot”) as described below. Each lot will result in a separate framework agreement. • Lot 1: Brand and Visual Identity Design Services • Lot 2: Large Scale Operational Design Services (Projects with a value of €10,000 or more) • Lot 3: Small Scale Operational Design Services (Projects up to €10,000 or more)

Tender for Graphic Design Services
Local Government Management Agency
Response deadline: 19-10-2020 17:00
Term: 1 year + 1

User Experience Design (UXD) Services
University of Limerick
Response deadline: 06-10-2020 14:00
Description: Please see RFT plus Appendices for all information relating to the requirement for this tender competition.
Buyer: Education Procurement Service (EPS)
Term: 2 years +1+1+1

Provision of Network Development Graphic Design and Other Services
National Transport Authority
Response deadline: 26-10-2020 12:00
Incumbent: EyeCue
Term: 2 years+1+1

Digital Strategy
Buyer: Bord Bia (Irish Food Board)
Response deadline: 25-09-2020 14:00
Value: Not disclosed

Brand Consultancy for Technological University of the South East of Ireland
Institute of Technology Carlow
Response deadline: 30-09-2020 12:00

Web Design and Drupal Web Development
Limerick City and County Council
Response deadline: 09-10-2020 17:00

Marketing & Communication Services for National Gallery of Ireland
National Gallery of Ireland
Response deadline: 12-10-2020 14:00

Graphic Design Services – Graphic Design Services
Office of Public Works (OPW)
Response deadline: 30-09-2020 12:00
Term: 1 year +1+1
Value: €130,000 excl VAT

Design of Higher Education Authority HEA and Irish Research Council Publications IRC publications 
Higher Education Authority (HEA)

Response deadline:  ‪18-09-2020 12:00
Term: 1 year +1
Value: €180,000

Establishment of Multi-Operator Framework Agreement for the Provision of Web Design, Development & Content Management Services
University College Dublin ( UCD )
Response deadline:  15-09-2020 12:00   Irish time
Description: Web Services including but not limited to website design, development, integration with CMS and associated services.

Graphic Design Services
Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
Response deadline:  28-08-2020 17:00  
Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, wishes to establish a Framework Agreement (FWA) for the supply of Graphic Design Services for a period of one (1) year. A maximum of seven (7) vendors will be appointed to the FWA.

Management & maintenance of the Free Trade Ireland platform
Environmental Protection Agency
Response deadline:27-07-2020 15:45

RTÉ Commercial and RTÉ Marketing Production Panels Tender
Raidió Teilifís Éireann ( RTÉ )
Response deadline:04-09-2020 13:00

Appointment of a digital partner
Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services

Response deadline:  28-08-2020 12:00

Donegal Place Brand RFT – Development of place
Donegal County Council
Deadline: 28-08-2020 16:00

Development and maintenance of website for AMBER SFI research centre
Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
Deadline: 21-07-2020 17:00

Webmaster Services
Deadline: 31-07-2020 14:00

Organisation Services TermTender or PQQEst Value DeadlineWinner
Fáilte Ireland-National Tourism Development AuthorityAdvertising Production Consultancy Service
Fáilte Ireland is seeking proposals from a suitably qualified Consultant to advise on creative production costs and processes in the delivery of our domestic marketing strategies.
20-07-2020 12:00
Inland Fisheries IrelandNew corporate website with managed Hosting, Support & Development services1 year + 1 + 11/5/20
Institute of Technology TraleeGraphic Design/Development Services1 year +1 +1Tender?20/4/20
Sustainable Energy Authority of IrelandDesign and Print Management – To establish a framework with a maximum of six members for design and print management services.17-07-2020 12:00
Dublin City CouncilNew Brand Identity and Logo for the Hugh Lane Gallery24-07-2020 12:00
Offaly County CouncilWebsite ReDesign and Development, Content Management and Hosting 15-07-2020 16:00
Raidió Teilifís Éireann ( RTÉ )Strategic Marketing Planning, Creative Development and Audio Imaging Frameworks Lot 1 – Strategic Planning Consultancy Framework Lot 2 – Creative Development Framework Lot 3 – Audio Imaging FrameworkLot 1 – €200k, Lot 2 – 210k, Lot 3 – 200k31-07-2020 13:00
Fís Éireann/Screen IrelandMarketing, Communications and Design Agency02-06-2020
IDA IrelandSupply of Website Services Cms Kentico 10-07-2020 12:00  
Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII)Graphic Design Services8 yearsTender?11/3/20TBC
Residential Tenancies BoardThe Provision of Design and Print Services 2 years +1+1PQQ€40-60K PA24/2/20TBC
(Power Design)
Dublin Port CompanyGraphic Media Design Services in three lotsLot 1 – Design Consultancy and Printing Services
Lot 2 – Website and Social Media
Lot 3 – Video and Media Production
3 years +1+1PQQ€2m for each lot 2/3/20TBC
Enterprise Ireland / Knowledge Transfer IrelandGraphic Design Services for Knowledge Transfer Ireland2 years +1+1Tender5/3/20TBC
ComRegWebsite Design, Development & Support ServicesTBCTender7/2/20
OireachtasGraphic Design ServicesTBCTender9/12/19Clever Cat

Bord Bia (Irish Food Board)
Brand Development Strategy Consultation and Project Management ServicesTBCTender3/2/20
Central Statistics OfficeManaged Service to deliver all aspects of the Census 2021 Publicity CampaignApprox 1 yearTender€1.5m14/4/20
JigsawInvitation to tender for services of digital agency 9 monthsTender€36K incl of VAT30/3/20
Skillnet IrelandWebsite Design, Development, Maintenance and Support Services Tender13/3/20
University College CorkDesign Services for Student Guide and related materialsBabelfís
Food Safety Authority of IrelandWebsite18/7/19Simply Zesty
Irish Wheelchair AssociationIWA Website Redevelopment and Maintenance 201915/7/19Fusio
Enterprise IrelandDesign and Development of Websites and Online Forms for various Funded Projects20/2/19May Day Corporation
PobalGraphic Design Services03-07-2020 15:00
The Heritage CouncilGraphic Design Services12-06-2020
Waterford & Wexford Education & Training Board
Consultancy and Training for the Solas Step Up and Grow your Business 
South Dublin County CouncilPrint & Design services to include Print management divided into two lots
Lot 1: Print only
Lot 2: Print & Design including Print Management
Term: 1 year +1+1+1€600k to €850k (ex. VAT) 31-07-2020 16:00
Macra na Feirme Young Farmer SkillnetDesign and development of new website and smartphone app www.macra.ie22-05-2020