05 Nov Remember Remember the 5th of November
“Remember, remember, the 5th of November, The Gunpowder Treason and plot; I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason; Should ever be forgot.”
Whilst the Gunpowder plot wasn’t successful, and trusting the wrong people was their downfall, as Guy Fawkes found out in 1605 to his demise, the plan they had in place was well thought out.
Ensuring that you have a good coherent plan is vital to success and winning work. On starting a bid you need to make a plan that covers all aspects and scenarios;
- Know your aim – like the gun powder plotters you need to know what you are aiming to achieve. This is a key step in your planning, what is the specification of the Tender, what they are looking for. Ensure this is at the forefront in all aspects of your planning.
- Use your connections – Guy Fawkes was selected for his military experience and given the responsibility of organising the explosives. Ensure that you have the correct people writing the responses and the right team to complete the job.
- Perfect timing – the closing date for the plotters was the opening of Parliament which after many extensions meant they had over 18 months of planning. Know when your closing date is and make a timeline working back from that date. Leave time for drafts, proof reading, amendments, and should there be extensions on the closing dates use this to your advantage.
- Make some noise – Should the plotters have been successful they would have definitely made a noise and everyone would have known about it; over 400 years later everyone is still aware of the plot so they succeeded in making a different noise. Don’t be afraid to sell yourself, make sure that you use examples and be memorable.
Make a plan, know the goal, utilise resources, meet the deadline and go out with a bang and win the work!
If you need help making a plan, to ensure your success this bonfire night or any other time of the year please contact us on and call 01908 382414 to make your bid a history making one!