FCS Associates

Brailsford Brothers

Client: Brailsford Brothers Ltd
Sector: Engineering
Service: Tender Writing Support Services
Results: Successful Tender 

The Company

Brailsford Brothers was established in 1957 and provides bespoke stainless steel products as well as sheet metal work products to a range of customers across all sectors, from Barnsley MBC to Iveco trucks.  Other services include galvanising, laser cutting, powder coating (in house) and on-site installation.

About the support from FCS

FCS Associates were commissioned to provide support and assistance to the senior management team to help them to identify public sector opportunities and to respond through on-line tender portals.

An initial meeting was undertaken with the team at Brailsford Brothers to understand what type of public sector opportunities they were keen to identify and respond to.  Following this a detailed training session was undertaken which considered what information the company needed to compile to be able to respond quickly to a PQQ (Pre-Qualification Questionnaire) or ITT (Invitation to Tender). Templates of CV’s, case studies and policies were all provided so the company could use these examples as a starting point to develop their own material. An action plan of what further material needed to be developed was also compiled ensuring the Brailsford team were clear about the next steps they needed to take.

Support was also given with tender submissions. Brailsford submitted two PQQ’s to Leeds City Council for two frameworks, one focusing on fencing works and a second concentrating on metalworks.  Pre-screening support was provided to help Brailsford understand the procurement process, how to submit through the yortender portal and also to ensure that they were able to provide sufficient detail to answer the questions. The company went on to successfully submit two proposals.


Brailsford Brothers have seen many benefits of working with FCS Associates:

They were successful with both their PQQs and subsequent tenders to Leeds City Council.

  • The company is now ‘Tender Ready’ and therefore has all the documents required to be able to respond quickly and effectively to PQQ’s and ITT’s.
  • Brailsford Brothers have successfully registered with a number of tender portals and are able to swiftly identify relevant opportunities.
  • The company has gained significant knowledge of the procurement process, understanding better the level of detail required when responding to bid questions.
  • As part of the tender review process a number of policies were reviewed and updated, providing a stronger platform for future submissions.

The work we have undertaken with FCS Associates has been extremely beneficial to Brailsford Brothers.  Not only have we won lucrative tenders but we are now in a position to bid for more and increase business through a route that we had previously no real experience of.  I wouldn’t hesitate in working with FCS again or recommending them to others.

Director, Brailsford Brothers

Brailsford Brothers

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