Mercury Business Development

Competitive tendering can be tough, stressful and time consuming.

We can help.

You have service delivery expertise.  

We love writing bids and tenders. 

Together we make a great team. 


Our Services


Bid writing

By hiring us to write your bid, you can free up time in the bidding process, and leave your staff to concentrate on other things, such as providing services.  

We can help you produce a winning bid by:

  • Working with operational and specialist teams to fully answer all questions
  • Provide advice on compliance and gathering necessary evidence
  • Writing answers which reflect the scoring mechanism
  • Making post-review amendments
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Bid coaching

Bid coaching is a great way to build up your internal bidding skills. We can work with your own staff to coach them through the bid process. 

Using the knowledge and expertise that we have learned over many years of successful bidding, we can help you maximise your chances of winning as well as learning valuable skills for future opportunities.

We offer coaching throughout the whole process, or just concentrate on specific areas such as:

  • Pre-qualification
  • Bid writing
  • Developing a service solution
  • Preparing for bidder interview

Review service

Do you want to produce the bid internally? If so, we can review your bid prior to submission. 

Our bid specialists take an objective view, assessing for:

  • Compliance
  • Readability
  • Fit with the specification
  • Assessment against the scoring criteria
  • Consistency
  • A compelling ‘story’ of how you will deliver the service

An independent review prior to submission is a cost-effective way of maximising your chance of winning.

Or have you been bidding and not winning, and you’re not sure why?  We can carry out a review of past bids and produce a report on our findings. We look at what you’ve written with a ‘fresh pair of eyes’ and can offer some useful insights, and practical tips and examples to help improve future submissions.

Bidding and not winning is disappointing for everyone involved, and a poor use of resources.  An independent review gives you practical and useful tips.



Funding for businesses based in the North East of England

Mercury Business Development is a registered Provider for NBSL’s North East Business Support Fund helping businesses to improve their competitiveness. 

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Client Feedback

Debbie has worked with us for the past two years and has played an important part in securing contracts. Debbie is a safe pair of hands, who is knowledgeable about procurement processes and how to respond to questions. Debbie works really well independently with stream leads, has brilliant attention to detail, and is always reliable. Debbie never misses a deadline and is in regular communication to see each bid over the line. I would thoroughly recommend Debbie.”

Sarah Robertson-Goldsworthy – Director of Development & Strategy
​(Herts Urgent Care)

“My name is Louise Cousins and I’m the Company Director at Burrow Down Support Services, where we offer a range of innovative services for clients with Learning Disabilities.

We were fairly inexperienced in bidding for contracts, were extremely busy, and just wanted someone to make it all go away!

We approached Mercury Business Development Ltd. having read one of Deborah’s books on bid writing. From the moment we contacted Deborah we knew she was the person to write our bid, her vast experience and up to date knowledge within the care sector was invaluable and certainly made this process smoother than we had predicted. 

We were delighted to be offered the contract that we bid for, and have since been awarded a second bid that Deborah completed for us.

I have no hesitation in recommending Mercury Business Development and will certainly be using them again in the future.”

Louise Cousins – Company Director (Burrow Down Support Services)

“I can recommend without hesitation the services Mercury provide. 
They understood our needs, shared our values and provided a highly responsive, excellent quality bid writing and co-ordination service.”

Samantha Allen – Chief Executive
​(Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust)

“I feel I now have a strong base on which to progress my skills and the information and tools to go forth and win a bid”

Feedback from a Bid Training Day

“Excellent learning points, in particular the Executive Summary and Storyboards.”

Michaela Buck – Chief Executive (Mastercall Healthcare)