Supplier and Purchaser Procurement Training

The Millstream training team provide public sector procurement training to both suppliers and purchasers. Our training is provided either by way of scheduled training courses or, if preferred, through in-house courses tailored to match your needs. Our trainers are business development experts and public sector procurement professionals who have an extensive knowledge of the entire procurement process and are therefore perfectly placed to guide you through the tendering process.


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Supplier Training Courses

Our training team deliver practical training courses that are designed to support you through the different stages of the tendering process.


Writing Compelling Bids

This CPD accredited online course focuses on what you need to do to write winning tenders and provides you with the skills to manage the bid process throughout. Your learning will be split over two interactive sessions lasting three and a half hours each – maximising learning and minimising disruption to the working day. The course will be delivered by Jamie Edwards, via Microsoft Teams. You can attend this course without any installation required to your computer, but it is highly recommended that you join using a desktop or laptop computer rather than a tablet or mobile phone. Ideally you will have both a webcam and microphone.


Advanced Bid Writing Skills

This CPD accredited online course is perfect for individuals who are comfortable with the tendering process and are looking to improve on their current skills. This course is split over two interactive sessions lasting three and a half hours each – maximising learning and minimising disruption to the working day. The course will be delivered by Jamie Edwards, via Microsoft Teams. You can attend this course without any installation required to your computer, but it is highly recommended that you join using a desktop or laptop computer rather than a tablet or mobile phone. Ideally you will have both a webcam and microphone.


An introduction to Public Procurement and Bid Writing

This CPD accredited online course is ideal if you are new to the public sector procurement process and are looking to start bidding for contracts. Your learning will be split over two interactive sessions lasting three and a half hours each – maximising learning and minimising disruption to the working day. The course will be delivered by Jamie Edwards, via Microsoft Teams. You can attend this course without any installation required to your computer, but it is highly recommended that you join using a desktop or laptop computer rather than a tablet or mobile phone. Ideally you will have both a webcam and microphone.


How Tenders Work, and Deciding Whether to Bid with Q&A Session

Tenders range from the simple (not often!) to the very complex. Public sector tenders of course do have particular procedures that they follow. For inexperienced bidders, understanding the process and making sure the bid is compliant is often the focus. As your knowledge and experience grows the focus will shift from the mechanics of the tender to maximising the quality of your submissions and your win rate. You can ask us whatever burning tendering questions you have and we’ll answer them during our Q&A session in the webinar. Our webinar will cover:


Ask the Experts Q&A

Are there specific questions on tendering you would love to have answered? Join our webinar where we will be taking questions from the floor! Whether you want to know more about finding the right tenders or what to do when you've found them, whatever your bid or tender question is our experts will try and answer it on the spot. You’ll be able to hear the questions and answers from everyone in the webinar so you can gain insight into the challenges facing other businesses too. This webinar is totally free of charge, you can ask your question when you register or live in the webinar and we’ll do our best to provide you with advice to help you find the tenders you're looking for and improve your bidding.


Buyer Training Courses


These are currently provided in-house and cover the entire procurement process with topics from procurement strategy development through to specification writing, contract law, bid evaluation, contract negotiation, developing supplier relationships, contract management and so on. Our public sector trainers have all spent much of their careers in public sector procurement in many different roles and have expertise in various sectors including local authorities, the NHS, defence and construction.

"Thorough, clear, interesting. Good to have trainers from both the private and public sectors to give the perspective from both sides."

Jane Woodall - Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council