Making TMCS you first choice for tendering support…

Welcome and thank you for visiting TMCS the experts in helping not for profit organisations to compete more successfully for public sector contracts.

With a 100% PQQ pass rate, a better than 80% Tender win rate and over £250 million in public sector contract wins, our record is a testament to the excellence of our clients’ services, to their judgement in engaging TMCS and to our expertise supporting them to produce concise, coherent and compelling tender submissions. 

Tendering for public sector contracts is a demanding process. This is made even more daunting by the challenges of navigating the technical maze of public sector procurement in an increasingly competitive public sector marketplace.

With their focus being on delivering quality services and supporting their clients, many organisations find the complexity and intensity of the tendering processes to be highly demanding on theirresources.

For others that are entering the public sector tendering arena for the first time, winning the contract is critical to their organisation’s future sustainability. So it is a priority for them to find a trusted source of expert tendering support. 

So whether you are you are

  • determined to retain an existing contract
  • being challenged by  competitors
  • lacking the in-house capacity to build a winning bid
  • or are tendering for a public sector contract for the first time

we have the expertise and experience to support you to a successful outcome.

In fact whatever your tendering support needs, we have the solutions. Engaging TMCS is your direct route to achieving the most efficient and cost effective way of competing for those contracts vital to securing your future.

Who are we?

TMCS is an independent Social Enterprise and Community Interest Company. We provide high quality and affordable support to the not-for-profit sector.

Our team has a combined experience of over 60 years of writing and winning grants and tenders. We now share that experience with others, to help them sustain and grow their organisations.

As a social enterprise, we do not set out to generate any more profits than we need to keep the business going, but we will reinvest any other profit that we do make, back into the sector.

Established in 2010, we work with not-for-profit providers across the whole range of health, social care and personal support services, bidding into public sector agencies including:

•    Local Authorities
•    National Health Service
•    Clinical Commissioning Groups
•    Central Governmental Departments

Public sector procurement is undergoing radical transformation and many providers find it difficult to keep pace with developing trends in public sector purchasing. We are steeped in the business of tendering and will invest our proven knowhow into making your tender stand out from the competition.

Our expert Bid Directors are seasoned third sector professionals with many years of senior operational and strategic management experience. In short we know how it is out there and have direct insight into the challenges facing providers in meeting the increasing quality, performance and best value demands of the public sector. We combine this understanding with our proven skills in technical proposal authorship to achieve optimum results for clients.   

We have directly supported over 150 organisations in tenders ranging in value from £50K to £10 Million, helping them to win over £250 Million in contracts. We have also delivered training to over 600 organisations helping equip them with the skills to engage effectively in the increasingly competitive public sector contracting market.  

Our approach to working with clients is all about building their understanding of what makes for a winning tender by working step by step through our tried and tested proposal production processes. So whether it’s about resolving PQQ compliance issues, reviewing and uplifting your draft method statements or building a bid from scratch, we will guide, mentor and coach you; producing an excellent high scoring tender and also leaving you better equipped for future bids.  

Firstly we cast a forensic eye on your compliance status to ensure that your service offer is fully aligned with public sector procurement standards.

Next we identify your key service features and benefits; bringing into focus your unique value proposition and winning service themes.

We then apply our proven proposal mapping and bid writing skills to constructing a compelling, coherent solution focused service offer; using succinct logically structured messaging that focuses the evaluator on your unique service offer and value proposition.   


Malcolm Sutton


Malcolm has over 30 years' experience of the not for profit sector in the North West, as a regulator...


Peter Cumings


Peter has extensive not for profit sector experience spanning 30 plus years in both senior operation...


Annette Furley

Business Development Associate

Annette is an experienced leader of complex statutory, charitable, non-statutory and commercial sect...


Martin Newton

Bid Support Associate

Martin has over 30 years' public sector experience in various senior management positions within Gov...


Susan Sutton

Company Secretary and Office Manager

Sue has over 20 years' experience of the charity sector in both official and voluntary capacities. A...


Alan Clarkin

Training Associate

The final member of our ex-Charity Commission posse, Alan has spent most of the past 30 years traini...


Working with people who really understand the sector…

TMCS Founders and Directors Malcolm Sutton and Peter Cumings are seasoned bid professionals with a wealth of senior and strategic management experience in the not for profit and social enterprise sectors. They bring a comprehensive range of experience and expertise to their work in supporting organisations to secure their ongoing financial sustainability through winning grants and tenders.