When & Where:

Wednesday 18th October 2023 09:00 – 12:00

Defence BattleLab, Dorset Innovation Park DT2 8ZB

About the masterclass

There is an ‘art’ to writing winning bids. You need to know what to say (in grants, contracts, public loans and tenders), how to say it for greatest impact, and what evidence you need to include to provide the assessors faith and belief in your project.

This event will help you to prepare bids for funding opportunities via a variety of sources including Innovate UK, DSTL, DASA, DSIT etc.

We will help you improve the quality of your bids giving you the best chance of success.

Our half-day session focusses on what to include and how to structure the content to achieve the biggest impact. This will help you to write compelling bids whatever the process and structure.

What will the masterclass cover?

• Understanding the funding context – what is out there and why

• Treating going for a grant as a project in its own right – should you bid and if yes how to plan this to get the job done

• How to frame your answers using the requirements in the questions

• Hints and tips:

o Getting the finances in place

o Project plans and risk registers

o The importance of reviewing your bid – before and after submission

o How to develop a relevant and winning team

Who should attend the masterclass?

Business owners and senior leaders of SME businesses who are members of the South West Defence and Security Cluster.

Who is delivering the event?

This masterclass is funded by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership and is delivered by Kevin Brooks of BrooksKebbey.

Kevin is a bid specialist (grants, tenders and public loans) and technical author. During three decades of employment with the UK Government, he has been both a bidder for £Ms Treasury funding and the assessor of multi-million £ grants. As BrooksKebbey since 2015, he has helped win £millions for SMEs across a variety of sectors.


Where is the event being held?

This masterclass will be held at the Defence Battlelab, Dorset Innovation Park.

Please note you will require photo ID to gain access to the park.