So who is Pipster?
Basically, me, Pippa Birch!
I am a motivated, flexible and writer with over 18 years’ proven experience. My background is in highways, however I have built up an impressive portfolio of construction, facilities management, custody, and energy bidding experience since becoming freelance. Pipster offers exemplary writing skills, as well as reviewing, proofing and editing functions. She has a comprehensive understanding of tender processes, alongside a strong grounding in the technical aspects of highways and construction contract delivery. Most importantly, Pippa can put the kettle on when the going gets tough!
I set up Pipster Solutions in 2012, with the aim of providing a simple, effective bid writing service. It has become much more than that; a successful, sustainable business with over 30 clients winning the work they need to keep their own businesses running. over the last 5 years, Pipster’s services have evolved, still providing quality writing, but also bid management and coaching. I have also developed a comprehensive Bid Management System, to cover the bidding process from bid decision through to contract award and mobilisation. I am now giving back to the bidding industry through mentoring, writing and presenting. I plan to do much more with my business in the next few years, expanding my coaching of small businesses and encouraging young people to forge a career in the bidding world.
Some of my successes over the last fewyears have been:
- Attained APMP Professional
- Mentored other APMP Practitioners
- Presented at three APMP conferences and the first WIBAP Conference
- Became ‘Bid Expert’ for Bid Solutions, making regular contribution to their journal and online bidding hub
- Shortlisted for the APMP Fiona Flower Knowledge Management Award 2017
- Area Finalist for the FSB South West Regional Awards (Micro Business of the Year 2018)
- Saw positive results from the implementation of my Bid Management System
- Finalist in the Wiltshire Business Person of the Year Award 2018
- Won the SME News Award for Most Outstanding Bid Services UK 2018
- Part of the Bidding Quarterly Team winning the Strategic Proposals Team Award for 2019
Why choose Pipster?
I provide a personal service – really getting into the heart of your operations and becoming a trusted member of the team.
There are many other freelance bidding professionals, but what makes me unique is the way I interact with you and your people. I have a practical background in highways and can relate to and consult with those who deliver their roles operationally, as well as those who provide governance and leadership. When I set up the business, I wanted to be that person who would not only provide expert consultancy at a reasonable fee, but also muck in with the team in a way that works for them. Often, when I speak to operational staff about responses to questions within a bid, they don’t know the answer. Or they THINK they don’t know the answer. I have a talent for working with people to draw out the information required to create a compelling response. Quite often they are astounded at the amount of ‘stuff’ they know!
My Bid Management System is unique. It provides a robust set of processes and forms that will take you from a clear Bid/No Bid decision, through the tender process and beyond into operational handover. It is customisable for all SMEs throughout the civil engineering industry, developed in partnership with your commercial and operational teams to fit with the way you conduct your business and your future aspirations.
As a bidding consultant with APMP Professional certification, I give back to the bidding industry through mentoring, writing and presenting. I plan to do much more with my business in the next few years alongside my core offering, expanding coaching of small businesses and encouraging young people to forge a career in the bidding world.