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.

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

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 12:00
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 12:00

brand identity and strapline development
Carlow Tourism
Response deadline: 29-10-2020 17:00

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 17:00 Irish time

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.

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  

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)

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
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