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Testimonials

Here are some quotations from our clients

“My experience with Silverlock has been exceptional. The initial engagement was carried out via video conference and the whole bid was completed via email and teleconference. Their associate, Jo Cox-Brown, was extremely responsive to our requirement and her past experience helped to get up to speed with the bid in a very short time. I have no hesitation to recommend Silverlock or to use them in future bid writing.”

Teck Kua, Executive Director of Finance and Resources, Barnfield College, Luton

“Silverlock are flexible, reliable and excellent at responding to tight deadlines. Our work with them has given us enormous success. During our first year of working with Silverlock, our win rate increased to 80%. The big surprise is how easy Silverlock has made the tender process.”

Kirsty Lambert – Director, Switch2 Energy Ltd, Shipley

“We contacted Silverlock to help us complete a very complex tender for a contract with Leicester City Council (the Quality Section alone had 34 long questions!). Silverlock used a team of 3 experts to produce the tender over the one-month timescale. Throughout the process, they gave excellent advice and drafted 68 pages of really clear answers despite the short timescale. We submitted a really good tender and ended up winning. I was delighted with their support and I am already using them again. I 100% recommend Silverlock”

Baljeet Singh, Managing Director, Carers Direct Homecare Ltd, Leicester

“The aim of our work with Silverlock was to identify tenders to increase our sales, and to raise the level of knowledge and expertise within the business on the tendering process to become more successful at winning work in this way. The Silverlock team delivered a bespoke tendering training course, created a library of materials and information to use in tender submissions in the future, and provided useful tips and insights to help us identify beneficial opportunities. Silverlock came up with ideas that we haven’t thought of before that will really help to strengthen our tenders. The whole project provided a new, fresh way of looking at a process we have found difficult in the past, so was really useful. Indeed since carrying out the first project, we have already approached Silverlock for help with drafting another tender.”

Robert Hill, Managing Director, Imperial Laundry

“We worked with the Silverlock team to produce a well-written 51-page tender that was very focused on needs of the buyer. To our delight, we won the tender and received very positive feedback on its quality. We are happy to recommend Silverlock for anyone looking to bid for public sector tenders.”

Nicola Hill – Sales & Marketing Director, GEM Vending

“Silverlock provided an excellent service. They were flexible, responsive and could not have been more helpful and proactive.”

Paula Barham – Senior Procurement Manager, UK Atomic Energy Authority, Oxford

“Silverlock Tenders have assisted our organisation with some high profile bid submissions that are key to our business growth. They provide exceptional support to meet timelines and craft responses to technical method statements succinctly, and within limiting word counts, which we all know is never easy! Therefore Wildgoose Construction Ltd have no hesitation recommending Silverlock Tenders.”

Carol Atherton, Marketing Manager, Wildgoose Construction, Alfreton, Derbyshire

‘On behalf of Arnold Foodbank, I would like two thank you for your donation of Silverlock’s time given to us. Arnold Foodbank relies on the generosity of donors such as yourself and is grateful for your support.

We particularly wish to mention the dedication and professionalism of both Rachel and Sarah. I have been to many presentations in my working career but this was by far the best. They were so clear and precise in giving us the correct information to enable us to write in a way that should hopefully earn our organisation a large income.

Arthur Pember, Trustee & Tresurer, Arnold Foodbank

“It was a pleasure to work with Silverlock putting together grant applications for Bulwell United Reformed Church’s Children & Family work project.  Rachel Crookston & Sarah Hopkins listened well and quickly grasped our vision and what the project is trying to achieve.  During the research process, they showed great attention to detail.  The applications were professionally put together and Sarah developed a passion and feel for our project.  We felt that Silverlock were behind us all the way.”
 

Colin Bones, Minister, Bulwell Uniter Reformed Church, Nottingham

“Following the help Silverlock provided to us in writing our tenders, we have successfully achieved positions on two high profile frameworks. We couldn’t have done this without the help and advice Silverlock provided to us.”

Emma Engstrom, Administrator, Tricordant Ltd

 “Rachel took time to really understand our organisation and was able to convey that in the work she did, communication was straight forward and reliable”

Adam Baker, Nottingham Rainbow Project

“By working with Silverlock we have increased the quality, thoroughness and readability of our PQQs, and the written responses in our tenders. As a result, our success rate has increased significantly”

Matt Fearn, Managing Director, Woodland Property Services Ltd

“We got in touch with Silverlock for some assistance on a tender we had entered. After receiving some great initial advice we then decided to have a formal review undertaken of our proposed submission. Mark’s understanding of our business was impressive and he highlighted some really useful things which helped to draw out our strengths and the value we could provide. Silverlock Tenders provides excellent value for money.”

Mahir Raoof, Business Development Manager, Swindell & Pearson Ltd, Derby

“We greatly benefited from the mentoring provided by Silverlock. It was great to meet regularly with Jo, who was always fun and friendly. She was able to use the breadth of her experience to be an effective sounding board about a whole range of ideas – listening, providing suggestions, advice and practical help.”

Matt Parfitt, Managing Director, Radiant Cleaners

“Silverlock and Sylvia have been able to help us unlock our data and use it for key business decision making which will have a significant impact on the business.
 
They have been a pleasure to deal with and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.”

Ben Thompson, The School of Calisthenics

“Emma was fantastic during my time as her mentee at Silverlock. Having first started my company in early 2018 Emma helped me manage my time and resources to the best of my ability. Allowing my business to grow as it became more efficient. Emma also helped me understand the more complex parts of running a company and plan for the future, creating cashflow forecast and understanding threats that might derail my business before they happen. Emma was great and I highly recommend her for anyone running their own business

Henry Williams, Channel Creative

“Debbie from Silverlock has been an absolute joy to work with.  Always positive, always full of good ideas that I can put into practice almost immediately to help grow my Just For Tummies supplement business. 
 
I’m very grateful to ERDF, NTU, Silverlock and Debbie for providing me with such vital digital marketing support.”

Linda Booth, Founder, Just For Tummies

“I want to say a massive ‘thank you’ to Sylvia from Silverlock for all her help over the last few months. Her advice has been so valuable to me and I definitely would not have got so far and be so confident going forward without all the tools she has given me.”

Nellie Khossousi, Third Culture Nellie,

“I’ve been receiving mentoring from Debbie Clarke through Silverlock since the 31st August. From the first session I found her approach refreshing and engaging. With her help I quickly released the key areas that are holding my business back and identified an action plan to solve them. We have subsequently been working together on a Kickstarter campaign which she has helped me secure local press coverage for. I am really looking forward to continuing to work with Debbie to boost the profitability and success of my business.

Hana Glover, Director, The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Ltd

‘Working with Sylvia from Silverlock was exactly what I needed for my business, and has helped me move from being a ‘person who works for themselves’, to a ‘person who runs a business’, both practically, and in my altered attitude to my work. She helped my understand how and why to consolidate, always taking the perspective of the customer, before taking the next leap, and how the original goal is often actually the final piece of the jigsaw rather than the first! These were not just valuable lessons for the current project but for the long term health of my business. I feel so much more confident in seeing the overall picture and of working out steady steps in an often confusing business world. She was creative, wonderful company and really cared about my business and my achievements. I’d highly recommend to anyone seeking support and guidance in business planning, strategy and execution. Thank you Sylvia!

Kathryn Peden, Arcadia Physiotherapy

“Running a startup on your own is daunting and can sometimes reveal a world of unknowns. Working with Debbie Clarke from Silverlock has been incredibly useful for both the business and myself. Having a mentor who is honest and to the point has helped me focus on marketing methods that are best suited for my business sector – saving me time and money. Working together we have put a plan in place for when the business does start to grow, which is essential for any startup. I would highly recommend working with Debbie, her energy and passion is infectious and you always leave her bubbling with ideas.”

Rob Moore, The Design Company

“The mentoring support has been invaluable, giving us exactly the kind of support and challenges our business has needed over the year. Jo, from Silverlock, helped us develop our business plan, hone and refine our services, and explore innovative new ways to engage and help our clients. She’s been a big part of our growth and development as a social enterprise, helping us to find the best ways to create a sustainable model for community investment”  –

Hamish Elliott, Double T (Nottingham based Social Enterprise)

“Jo and Debbie from Silverlock helped us to work on this area of our business – yes, reluctantly at times! They helped us focus on the important things, and overcome our personal prejudices about Social Media. As an extra bonus, they showed us the value of what we do, and that not all businesses, tradesmen have the same focus on high quality, attention to detail, flexibility, love, care and energy for our client’s projects. This means that we now have greater belief in what we are doing, what our roles are in the business and how to exploit Social Media to grow our business “

Lorraine, Fitted Home

“Debbie from Silverlock has been inspirational for me as I grow my business. Debbie offers creative advice and will challenge your thinking – which is what small businesses need. 

Debbie is fun, has a very vivid and exciting way of looking at businesses, ideas and Marketing and I am very grateful for her support I have received through this NTU based programme. Thank you hugely to Debbie and NTU. 

Rebecca Bull, My HR Hub