Funding made easy: Enhancing your bid writing skills

This event has now taken place. It attracted over 30 diverse businesses from across the region. View the full press release

In partnership with British Business Bank and Deyton Bell, the University of Bedfordshire are hosting a “Funding Made Easy: Enhancing Your Bid Writing Skills” event on Wednesday 1st November from 9.30am – 12.30pm at our Luton Campus.

Join us to benefit from vital tips and tools to develop successful bid and tender submissions - helping you improve your bid writing skills through expert advice and guidance. In addition, you will hear from our regional experts about the available business support opportunities in the area.

Our guest speakers include:

  • Luton Council
  • British Business Bank
  • Deyton Bell
  • Innovate UK KTN

Why attend?

  • Learn a step-by-step process on writing a successful application
  • Acquire best practice tips for completing winning tender applications
  • Get an overview of Bedfordshire’s current lending landscape
  • Receive expert advice on funding opportunities in your area

Start time: 9.30am

End time: 10.00am

(30 mins)

Activity: Arrival, networking & refreshments

Start time: 10.00am

End time: 10.10am

(10 mins)

Item 1 | Welcome, housekeeping, introductions & brief overview


Nathan March – Senior Business Partnerships Manager, University of Bedfordshire

Start time: 10.10am

End time: 10.20am

(10 mins)

Item 2 | Step Forward Luton


Debbie Poole-Hunt – Service Manager – Economic Growth & Skills, Luton Council

Start time: 10.00am

End time: 10.50am

(30 min)

Item 3 | British Business Bank - How to prepare for external funding

You will hear from British Business Bank expert, learning about:

  • Introduction to business finance
  • Types of business finance
  • Preparing to apply for finance
  • Further help and signposting


Lewis Stringer – Senior Manager East and South East Midlands, UK Network Team, British Business Bank

Start time: 10.50am

End time: 11.05am

(15 mins)


Start time: 11.05am

End time: 12.05pm

(1 hour)

Item 4 | Bid and tender writing workshop

You will be offered step-by-step expert guidance on writing a successful application. In addition, will also get an opportunity to hear tips on how to complete a tender application.

  • Run through a dummy application, offering advice & guidance
  • Best practice around completing a tender application
  • Differences and similarities between Bid and Tender applications


Steve McAteer – Director, Deyton Bell

Start time: 12.05am

End time: 12.15pm

(15 mins)


Item 5 | Bid and tender writing workshop

Delegates will hear from Innovate UK KTN, learning about:
  • Available support after or alongside grants from Innovate UK, Innovate UK KTN and Innovate UK EDGE
  • Q&A


Basit Mohammed – Knowledge Transfer Manager ‑ Regional Investments, Innovate UK KTN

Start time: 12.15pm

End time: 12.30pm

(15 mins)

Item 6 | Overview of the University’s business support and event wrap-up


Nathan March – Senior Business Partnerships Manager, University of Bedfordshire