ABOUT US

Top Marks Bidding offers business writing solutions to a wide range of companies, from sole traders to multinationals. We were formed in 2018 by Dan Marks, a bid writer with more than a decade’s experience of winning new business across an array of industries.

As a network of associates specialising in all aspects of business writing, including bid writing, content writing and copywriting, we can help your organisation generate new revenue via competitive tendering and marketing.

We can also support you with bid strategy by helping you develop the processes, templates and tools to make sure you are bidding for the right opportunities and maximising your chances of success.


OUR APPROACH

Adaptable.

We can provide additional resource for your bid writing or marketing team, coach your staff to improve their business writing skills, edit and proofread your existing work, or take on and manage a project from start to finish.

Friendly.

There’s no getting away from it, bidding can be stressful. We are here to make the process run as smoothly as possible, working with respect, positivity and a sense of humour.

Meticulous.

We are passionate about the English language and make sure every word, punctuation mark and symbol is in its perfect place.

Honest.

If we can’t do you what you need, we will tell you and recommend someone else.


 

SECTORS

Top Marks Bidding works with companies of all sizes operating across a wide range of sectors to respond to tenders, build supply chains and develop marketing copy and content.

We’ve submitted winning bids to a multitude of public sector funding organisations including the Department for Work and Pensions, European Regional Development Fund, European Social Fund, Education and Skills Funding Agency, Skills Development Scotland, Welsh Assembly Government, Greater London Authority, National Health Service, United Nations, European Union, Careers & Enterprise Company, Department for Education, Ministry of Justice, and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service. We’ve been equally successful bidding to the private sector, securing contracts with multinational corporations in a range of industries, including oil, construction and mining, often across borders in complex jurisdictions.

We have developed copy and content for a diverse range of audiences from government funders, delivery partners, charities and businesses to low skilled workers, young people, former and current gang members, and offenders and ex-offenders.


We have specialist experience in the following sectors:

 
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Employability

Welfare to work providers who deliver training and support to long term unemployed adults and not in employment, education or training (NEET) young people.

We have experience bidding for all types of contract including Payment by Results, Social Impact Bonds and grant applications. We help larger organisations develop supply chains and link smaller organisations to prime contractors.

 

Skills

Training providers who deliver apprenticeships, traineeships and vocational training to unemployed people and employed staff.

Our experts support providers to enter and remain on the ESFA’s Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers, and bid for work from apprenticeship levy paying employers.

 

Education

Alternative schools, charities, private training providers and Community Interest Companies who support marginalised young people to return to education and enter training and employment.

We write grant applications, develop central and local government tenders, and help organisations develop and communicate theories of change.

 
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Justice

Providers operating across the prison estate and in the community, who offer holistic support to offenders and ex-offenders.

We support tenders relating to training, employability, rehabilitation and custodial services.

 

Health & Medical

Organisations who provide services to the NHS, deliver remote medical services to companies operating in hostile locations, and supply medical evacuation services to business and leisure travellers.

We develop innovative solutions and international supply chains which operate across cultures and jurisdictions to meet and exceed the contracting organisation’s requirements.

 

Security

Companies who provide security and risk management solutions to intergovernmental organisations and international governments operating in challenging locations.

We make sense of complex and often inconsistent tender documents, and develop solutions to meet the needs of organisations who operate in rapidly changing contexts and environments.

 
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Construction

Firms who manage, design and build projects, from green energy installations to mechanical and electrical repair and maintenance.

We respond to everything from informal proposals to complex projects, and support with binding and graphic design to make your submission stand out from the crowd.

 
 

 

SERVICES

 

Responding to a tender can be a stressful process. We are here to lighten the load by providing experienced bid writers to help you respond to Invitations to Tender, Pre-Qualification Questionnaires and Expressions of Interest. We can provide additional resource to your existing team – or take on the whole bid from start to finish.

 

 

Tendering can be a challenging process for any organisation. You could be bidding for too many opportunities – or too few. You might be struggling to gain buy-in from subject matter experts, or perhaps your many contributors are causing inconsistent writing. Whatever challenges you face, we will support you in building an effective strategy, tailored to the specific needs of your business.

 

 

There’s nothing like clichés or bad grammar to make your text fall flat. Our specialist writers will work with you to develop sharp, savvy copy that captures your target audience from the word go. We also partner with expert graphic designers and web developers to produce the website and print materials you need to make your company stand out.

 

 

Excellent content is crucial to driving traffic to your marketing channels. Our writers can develop SEO-friendly material for your website, blog and social media platforms, as well as scripts for your promotional videos and ghost-written articles and thought pieces for industry magazines and journals.

 

 

 

Whether it’s that crucial tender or your new company brochure, an external review can give you peace of mind. Our proofreaders and editors are on hand to check the consistency and messaging of a bid, the grammar and tone of your marketing collateral, and anything else you need to make sure your work is spot on.

 

 

In organisations without bid writers, this work often falls to sales or marketing teams without the expert skills needed. We offer training on the core principles of bid writing and the procurement process, to ensure you submit compelling tenders that respond to contracting bodies’ needs and requirements.

 

 

TESTIMONIALS

Top Marks Bidding has been very supportive and committed to The Write Time, developing excellent funding bids which has helped shape our programmes. They really understand our social mission and have become a trusted external provider for our bid writing.
— Chris Murray, Managing Director - The Write Time
Every time I have called upon Top Marks Bidding to assist me with written material, ranging from professionalising a pitch deck and sales material to writing a video script, they have delivered a second to none end-product.
— Thorir Aronsson, Founder - Team8sports
Dan has a range of expertise across a number of sectors, is reliable, diligent and has an excellent eye for detail. He writes relevant, concise and accurate tenders and proposals. I would not hesitate to recommend him.
— Ed Hyland, Senior Bid Manager - Winning Tenders
Top Marks Bidding delivered a great piece of work for Biff Bang Pow and off the back of that we have secured more business. Their interaction with our client and general ability to disseminate requirements was just what the doctor ordered!
— David Burke, Managing Director - Biff Bang Pow
Dan is a highly talented bid writer and has an extremely professional approach to his clients, projects and business.
— Andres Ochoa-Mikan, Director - National College of Education
Dan responds swiftly to a brief and manages multiple demands to produce concise and well structured bid content. He understands how to distil highly complex bid writing tasks into straightforward bid solutions. He is reliable and great to work with.
— Mark Cosens, Director - Cosens Consult
I have to be very careful about who I work with and reputation is everything. I have known and worked with Dan over the past four years and I have commissioned his services, which have been cost effective, quick and of very good quality.
— Steve Lawrence, Managing Director - East Essex Vocational Training

 
 

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CONTACT US

Whatever your business writing needs, Top Marks Bidding is here for you.

Call us on (+44) (0) 7944 623 865 to discuss all the ways we can support your business.

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