PGSD, a West London based contractor, was recently awarded work through CompeteFor with the London Borough of Hackney to provide landscaping for a new green space.
Since starting up as a sole-trader 30 years ago, PGSD has grown into a multi-million pound limited company specializing in landscaping and maintenance for domestic and commercial properties. As much of their commercial work comes from the public sector, PGSD were especially eager to take advantage of the regeneration taking place in East London as a result of the 2012 Games.
Alan Wright, General Manager, explains, ‘We heard about CompeteFor very early on, after attending an event on opportunities arising from London 2012. I registered online, and found the whole process very easy. We were required to answer a number of questions about our business but they were pitched at the right level, making the process thorough enough to establish credibility but not so much as to put you off.’
“I can also use CompeteFor to keep track of larger contracts which, although we cannot bid for directly, represent viable sub-contracting opportunities”
Alan received an automatic email alert notifying him about the contract with Hackney Council. After applying through CompeteFor, PGSD were shortlisted and taken through Hackney Council’s normal tendering process. They were commissioned to undertake groundworks and planting for the Eastern Curve Garden, a new green space designed by J & L Gibbons and muf architecture/art and developed under the ‘Making Space in Dalston’ project.
Alan says, ‘What I like best about CompeteFor is the transparency it offers businesses. We were able to find and tender with a client we’d never worked with before on a great project that has subsequently won a Hackney Design Award. We’ve already had more work come from the new contacts made on this job. I can also use CompeteFor to keep track of larger contracts which, although we cannot bid for directly, represent viable sub-contracting opportunities. From the information published on CompeteFor I can often tell which contractors are bidding and contact them directly to see if there are any opportunities in their supply chain.’