Bid Writing and Funding

Bid Writing and Funding Procurement

Our Bid Writing Team Has Already Secured Over £350M for Training Providers & Employers. We Specialise in the Following Sectors:

  • Training & Education
  • Health and Social Care
  • Logistics
  • Construction
  • Recruitment
  • Public Sector

Team Structure

ESS has a quality assured team of highly successful bid writers who have proven track records in accessing high volumes of funding for both employers and training providers.

The team is headed by the Director of Funding and Procurement, Gavin Newbold who has over 20 years of bid writing experience at the very highest level including BDO Accountancy as well as writing International European Tenders.

In addition, ESS has a network of associate bid writers who have specialist bid writing experience in areas such as quality and compliance, supply chain and data management which add value to any bid.

Our in-house bid writing/funding team has over 20 years’ experience of successfully winning business.

With a high win rate the team have collectively secured funding in excess of £350m.

We work with Employers, Colleges and private training providers, writing tenders for:

  1. Specific Public Sector tender opportunities (OJEU)
  2. Apprenticeship Funding
  3. Work Placed Learning Funding
  4. Funding For The Training Of The Unemployed
  5. European Regional Development Fund
  6. European Social Fund (SSU, SSW, SSR, NEET etc)
  7. DWP
  8. NHS Frameworks
  9. PFI
  10. E Content
  11. Local Initiative Fund
  12. Single Programme
  13. LIFE/LIFE+
  14. Growth Innovation Fund
  15. Regional Growth Fund
  16. Framework Programmes
  17. Interreg
  18. Lottery Funding (Capital and Revenue)
  19. Selective Finance for Investment

Example Clients

Our directors have experience of assisting a wide range of clients from a wide range of backgrounds, including:

  • Local Authorities
  • Further Education Colleges
  • Private Training Providers
  • Higher Education Providers
  • Regeneration Companies
  • Government Departments
  • Community Organisations and Charities
  • Property Developers
  • Industry and Sector Representatives
  • Private Companies
  • End-to-End Service
  • Tender reviews to identify client opportunities
  • Bid Research
  • Strategic bid and client review to identify USPs
  • Full support from EOI, PQQ through to final ITT
  • Applications to become an approved supplier to Prime Training Providers (including full DD preparation)
  • Liaising with the client to ensure that the draft bid is in line with their expectations
  • Bid submission on behalf of client
  • Support with supply chain development and management including partnership contracts with subcontractors
  • Ongoing support with the client over multiple areas including compliance and database management including Maytas, Yeti, and PICS
  • We are able to review bids that the client has written themselves and give constructive feedback.


ESS offers a flexible approach to fees and operates a number of different partnership models.

We charge a daily rate for an ESS Bid Writer which depends on the length and complexity of a bid.

The length of time that it takes to write a bid can vary but normally a Skills Funding Agency or Local Authority bid takes about 5 days.

We are also able to take a flexible approach which involves a mixture of a daily rate per bid and an agreed win bonus of any grant fee awarded.

Once we have achieved your first bid win you may want to consider developing your business relationship with us on a retainer basis combined with an agreed win bonus of any grant fee awarded.

We are also able to offer blended business models which include all of the ESS services to employers and the training and education sector which includes our bid writing service.

RoTo and RoATP Applications

For providers wishing to apply for RoTo we are able to complete applications on their behalf and have a high success application rate.

ESS Bid Writing Guarantees

If we do not believe that you have a reasonable chance of success with your intended bid we will tell you up-front

We will only work with bid writers with a proven track record of successful bids

We will provide details of any bid writer working on your bid including details of previous successes and experience

We will aim to let you have a first draft of your bid at least one week before the deadline (providing the lead time allows for this)

Please contact our Funding and Procurement Director Gavin Newbold at for a discussion on your funding and bid writing  requirements.

"Excellent to deal with. Would not hesitate to recommend to others looking for support."
John Moulton JM Recruitment Education & Training
"Stuart has a vast knowledge and is able to think outside of the box. This has helped my company to secure places on funding portals that without his help would have been a mountain to climb. I look forward to working with him again in the future."
Lorna Carter-Blake MD at DA Training and Consultancy
"Stuart and his team at ESS have been excellent throughout the process of securing our own direct funding contracts. Their knowledge of funding streams and support throughout the process has been vital in helping us gain approval. Stuart took the time to fully understand the business and was pro-active in finding funding streams that would help the business grow. I would highly recommend Stuart and his team if you are looking for support and guidance on funding and applications."
Will Koller Director - Skills College UK
"Stuart is one very educated and experienced consultant in the training and development sector. I am a client of Stuart and will be so for many years. His understanding of the funding landscape and the operational requirements of both established training providers and new start ups is exceptional. Credit to his year of experience. Stuart took the time to get to know me personally and my requirements and knew where to direct me by getting to know "me". Thank you Stuart, looking forward to working with you more in the future."
Paul Dunn PT Skills
"I am pleased to endorse the services of ESS Assist and Steve Dobson​ in particular. I have been very impressed with the service they provide. They go the extra mile and have excellent communication skills. Steve is extremely knowledgeable and has applied his 20+ years of public procurement to our advantage enabling Manatec to receive DWP training requests daily. I have no hesitation in recommending their service."
Roger Dixon MD of Manatec
"We had tried to access unemployed funding for many months for our learners. Thanks to Steve Dobson and ESS we were delighted to access funding from the DWP. ESS and Steve come highly recommended."
Shakeel Desai MD of Get Set Academy
"We were delighted with ESS. They successfully undertook the application and then they expertly assisted us to get a number of contracts from the DWP which has helped our organisation immensely. I just wish I’d have known about this funding sooner."
Kathryn Northly MD of Approach Training Safely
"We were delighted with Ian Peacock the ESS M&A team. They advised us through the whole process and brought to the table a wealth of personal knowledge and experience resulting in a successful sale."
Jamie Carragher Former Liverpool FC star player
"I want to thank Steve Dobson for his help and support over the last few months to get Chrysalis details on to the DWP Portal. He has been extremely professional and patient, training me in the use of and ensuring my full understanding of the system. Trying to ensure I get the best possible outcome. Throughout the process, he has been flexible with his time and on hand at very short notice in some instances to support me. I would highly recommend his services as he goes over and above to help. "
Philippa Charlton Stewart Chrysalis Training Services Ltd
"Maureen's review and the feedback report has been immensely useful and we have taken the feedback into the revised SAR. The structure and recommended contents provide a much crisper and focused approach, thank you so much."
Chris Wood Creative Process Digital
"Thanks very much for all your guidance and support during the recent work we have done together to set Pitman Training Birmingham Group up on the DWP procurement system. I have personally found you extremely approachable, helpful and without hesitation willing to give advice and share your expert knowledge. Once again thanks for offering an outstanding service. "
Dan Goodall Pitman Training, Birmingham
"We are delighted to have known ESS and Steve Dobson. Within a short period of engaging ESS, Steve has used his many years of experience and expertise to help us in training and accessing DWP Funding programme. We would like to thank ESS and indeed Steve Dobson for the invaluable work he has done in our company and highly recommend the services of ESS."
Ken Ewuzie Director, Beyond Learning Ltd
"Maureen, thank you so much for everything you have done for us. You have been priceless. "
Thomas Cartwright Director, 1st2 Achieve Training Ltd
"We have recently gained Enhanced Preferred Supplier Status with the DWP through ESS and specifically with the help of Steve Dobson. It has been a very simple process and I can't thank Steve enough for what he has done so far. The ongoing support has been great for myself and the team. Steve often works out of hours to facilitate meetings and to give advice for any problems that we have. Although we have only recently got started, we have already seen a return on our investment. We are very much looking forward to what the future holds and we will be continuing to use ESS & Steve for any future consultancy needs."
Cohan Tyler Managing Director, CST Training
"After looking around the market place and talking with various companies we decided that ESS was our preferred choice when it came to outsourcing our bid writing. During our first year of dealing with ESS and the bids team we managed to secure 3 x AEB contracts worth over £1.5m As a forward thinking and developing company this partnership has blossomed more than we could of ever imagined and we could not recommend more strongly the team at ESS "
Gareth Carter Momentum Group