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.


RFT for NCCA Corporate Website 2021
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
Response deadline:  14-04-2021 

RFT for the Provision of Digital Marketing Services for Ordnance Survey Ireland
Response deadline: 03-03-2021 12:00

Buyer: Ordnance Survey Ireland

184833 – WA/2021/01 – Killarney Brand Proposition
Response deadline: 05-03-2021 12:00 Irish time
Description: Fáilte Ireland is seeking proposals from suitably qualified suppliers for the provision of the following services: Develop a brand proposition for Killarney creating a unified destination marketing approach supported by a narrative that defines the destination ambition for Killarney, delivered with the resources required to create an impactful world class tourism destination brand recognised domestically and internationally. Create a fully formed brand identity for use across all platforms and marketing collateral that can be used by both the local authority, Failte Ireland, NPWS/OPW and Killarney industry. Killarney is a Gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way and needs to align itself to the overarching Wild Atlantic Way brand but retain its own unique selling point which is Killarney.
Buyer: Fáilte Ireland-National Tourism Development Authority

Managed Service to deliver all aspects of the 2022 Census Publicity Campaign
Central Statistics Office
Response deadline:  23-03-2021

Provision of Services for Design and Development of website and App
Clare County Council
Response deadline: 05-03-2021

Provision of Services to undertake an Economic Appraisal on the development of a cross border Enterprise Space in Letterkenny and Derry.
Donegal County Council
Response deadline: 26-02-2021

Multi Party Framework Agreement for Specialist Services relating to Delivery of Design-Thinking Services
Fáilte Ireland-National Tourism Development Authority
Response deadline: 04-03-2021

Tender for the provision of multi-disciplined consultancy services to complete a Concept, Design and Feasibility study into the development of Athlone Digital Hub and Co-working Centre in Athlone. Co. Westmeath.
Athlone Chamber of Commerce
Response deadline: 10-03-2021

DPC Website Service Contract – Support and maintenance of the DPC Websites
Data Protection Commission
Response deadline:  12-03-2021

Digital Agency for B2C
Fáilte Ireland-National Tourism Development Authority
Term: 3 year +1 +1
Turover req: €3m
Budget: tbc

Design, Development Support and Maintenance of a Website
Response deadline: 11-02-2021

Redevelopment of Kerry ETB schools’ websites: Post-Primary Schools Websites, Primary Schools Websites, and the creation of a Mobile App.
Kerry Education and Training Board
Response deadline: 12-02-2021

Provision of Design and Printing Services
Response deadline: 25-01-2021
The National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF)
Budget: €50k
Term: 1+1+1 years

Economic Development – Provision of Communications for Local Enterprise Office Waterford
Waterford City and County Council
Response deadline: 08-01-2021
Budget: €11k
Term: 1 year

Design, Implementation and Maintenance of a B2B and Corporate Website including the Provision of a Content Management System
Tourism Ireland CLG
Response deadline: 25-01-2021
Term: 5 years + 2

LLEO_EVENTS – LEO Events, Network and Student Enterprise Programme Coordination and Marketing
Leitrim Local Enterprise Office
Response deadline: 07-01-2021
Budget: Lot 2: €6,000
No indicative budget will be provided for Lots 1, 3 or 4.

Design Services for SuperBrands for Smaller Businesses Programme
Bord Bia
Response deadline: 11-01-2021 14:00
Budget: tbc

The provision of Customer Communications Services
Department of Social Protection
Response deadline: 15-01-2021
Budget: €2m
Incumbent: Creed

Graphic Design – Creative graphic design services for use across

Provision of Design, Production – Provision of Design, Production and Printing Services Annual Report 2020, 2021 and 202
Personal Injuries Assessment Board
Response deadline: 29-01-2021 14:00

electronic and print media
Office of the Planning Regulator
Response deadline: 18-01-2021
Description: To work with a single graphic design company for the next two (2) years who will carry out all graphic design work for publications and other documents which meet the OPR’s requirement to communicate with a range of audiences.
Term: 1+1+1
Budget: €70k Total

Technical and Design Services for the Generation Apprenticeship Competition and Supporting Events
Response deadline: 18-01-2021

Graphic Design services for University College Dublin
Response deadline:  08-01-2021 
University College Dublin ( UCD )
Term: 2+2years
Est value: €40k over 2 years

Graphic and Digital Design Service to Institute of Technology Sligo

Response deadline: 31-12-2020 18:00

Services associated with the design and printing of promotional materials for The National Care Experience Programme 
Response deadline:  21-01-2021 15:00
Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA)
Est value: €75,000

Graphic Design of Fingal County Council Development Plan 2023-2029
Fingal County Council
Response deadline: 14-12-2020 12:00
Creative work originally required, now not required.
Budget: €50-60k over 3 years.

Awareness and Visibility Campaign for The Arts – 2021
Response deadline: 11-01-2021 12:00
Arts Council

Website Development, Support and Maintenance
CMS: Roxen
EirGrid plc
Response deadline:  12-11-2020 12:00  

Brand Design Services PQQ
Response deadline: 12-01-2021 12:00 Irish time
Electricity Supply Board ( ESB )
Term: 3+2+2 years

Design, production, print and delivery of Annual Reports for the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI)
National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)
Response deadline: 21-12-2020 16:00

Website development and support 2020
Dundalk Institute of Technology
Response deadline:  08-12-2020 12:00  

Framework for Website, Mobile App, and Digital Design & Development Services
University College Cork ( UCC )
Response deadline: 10-11-2020
LOT 1: Strategic Website Design and Development Services The framework agreement will be established as a single party framework agreement with the tenderer selected following the tender stage and the application of the award criteria.
LOT 2: Standalone Website and App Digital Design and Development Services – Over €10k The framework agreement will be established as a multi-party framework agreement with at least two (2) operators and a maximum of five (5) operators, subject to that number meeting the minimum criteria and rules.
LOT 3: Standalone Website and App Digital Design and Development Services – Under €10k framework agreement will be established as a multi-party framework agreement with at least two (2) operators and a maximum of five (5) operators, subject to that number meeting the minimum criteria and rules.

Website Design and Development, Support and Maintenance Services
Commission for Regulation of Utilities
Response deadline: 20-11-2020
Winner: Inventise Business Solutions, Co Wicklow
# Tenders received: 4

brand identity and strapline development
Carlow Tourism
Response deadline: 29-10-2020

Design and print management – RFT design and print management service
National Council for Special Education NCSE
Response deadline: 12-11-2020 12:00

Design Tender
Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Response deadline: 04-11-2020

Multi Supplier Framework Agreement for the provision of B2B Digital Marketing Service for The University of Limerick
Response deadline: 13-11-2020 14:00 Irish time
Description: Lot 1: communications and marketing programme for the 2021 intake of the UL MSc in Project and Programme Management Lot 2: develop and implement a fully integrated, fully managed, precisely targeted communications and marketing programme for the 2021 intake of the UL MBA programme.

Website development and design
Waterford & Wexford Education & Training Board WWETB
Response deadline:  21-08-2020 

Establishment of a Framework Agreement for Design Services
University College Cork (UCC)
Response deadline:  21-08-2020 12:00
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)

Graphic Design Services
Local Government Management Agency (LGMA)
Response deadline: 19-10-2020
Term: 1 year + 1
Budget: less than €100,000 in 2021.
Previous Incumbant: Dynamo.
Winner: Southern Marketing and Design

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
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

Institute of Technology Tralee
Graphic Design/Development Services
Winner: Anchor Studio
Term: 1 year +1 +1 from 2020

New Brand Identity and Logo for the Hugh Lane Gallery
Dublin City Council
Winner: Zero G
Term: From 2020

Residential Tenancies Board
The Provision of Design and Print Services
2 years +1+1
Winner: Power Design (retained)
Total value of the contract/lot:  €260,000
Tenders Received: 4

Houses of the Oireachtas
Graphic Design Services
Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot:  250000.00  EURLowest offer:  18495.00  EUR / Highest offer:  30143.75  EUR   taken into consideration
Number of tenders received:  5
Winner: Clever Cat Jan 2020

Website Design, Development & Support Services
Winner: Inventise Business Solutions, Co Wicklow May 2020

Organisation Services TermTender or PQQEst Value DeadlineWinner
Fáilte Ireland-National Tourism Development Authority XAdvertising 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 Ireland XNew corporate website with managed Hosting, Support & Development services1 year + 1 + 11/5/20
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
Offaly County Council XWebsite 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
Dublin Port Company XGraphic 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 Ireland XGraphic Design Services for Knowledge Transfer Ireland

 tender process is still on-going (Dec 20)
2 years +1+1Tender5/3/20TBC

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
Pobal XGraphic 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