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
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.

Organisation Services TermTender or PQQEst Value DeadlineWinner
Environmental Protection AgencyManagement & maintenance of the Free Trade Ireland platform 15:45
Raidió Teilifís Éireann ( RTÉ )RTÉ Commercial and RTÉ Marketing Production Panels Tender04-09-2020 13:00  
Our Lady’s Hospice & Care ServicesAppointment of a digital partner
The successful bidder will take over the management of our existing online assets and will provide on call support, security provisions, training as required, consultation, campaign specific support, troubleshooting support and technical maintenance services for our website.

Response deadline:  28-08-2020 12:00  
Donegal County CouncilDonegal Place Brand RFT – Development of place 28-08-2020 16:00
TeagascWebmaster Services31-07-2020 14:00
Trinity College Dublin, the University of DublinDevelopment and maintenance of website for AMBER SFI research centre21-07-2020 17:00 ‬
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