HeadChannel is an authorised supplier for Digital Marketplace, and an Innovate UK fund winner. Recently, it has been accepted as an authorised supplier to the BBC. We sat down with the Strategy Director, Beata Green, to get her thoughts on the application process and what this acceptance means to the company. Read the interview here to learn more.
Applying to BBC framework gives us another route to access the market. It is also another place to offer our software development services. As everyone is well aware, the BBC is the world's leading public service broadcaster. They are also both impartial and independent. And they also create distinctive, world-class programmes. I am personally a big fan of BBC myself, and I often watch their stunning documentaries, excellent series, factual programmes, and the news programmes. For me, it is an application that is supported by my admiration for this independent Broadcaster in a world that is now full of distorted, mispresented, and blandly fake news.
The BBC framework is similar to other frameworks with a focus that is primarily based on overall value for money. Whilst price is important, quality, reliability, safety, security, design, timely delivery, maintenance, and after-sales support also must be considered. Only after this consideration can a decision be arrived at regarding which will be the most economically advantageous to the BBC.
The application process was fairly straightforward, though we had to present detailed case studies of work completed for our clients that corresponded to the experience that the BBC required. The level of content in these case studies had to be sufficient enough to satisfy their stringent acceptance criteria and also show the BBC why they can trust us in delivering the work that they might need us to provide to them. After we handed in our submission and once the selection process had been completed, we also received feedback from them telling us about which categories we were accepted and why we had been accepted into those categories.
It feels great being chosen as it only proves that we have the relevant experience to help in delivering the innovation. Our appointment onto the Framework recognises our commitment to providing high quality, cost-effective software development. We are confident that we can supply the BBC with value for their money and software solutions they can enjoy for years to come.
These types of applications are never easy and have to be very thoughtfully written to address the precise points from the tender. However, what matters is that we have qualified as one of only three hundred suppliers that will be able to bid for future projects. We have substantial experience in writing competitive tenders, and we were able to submit concrete, coherent proposals that yet again, passed us through.
No. Suppliers accepted onto these frameworks are of varying sizes and offer a wide range of digital skills. And so, there were no requirements as to the minimal revenue or size of the team. We are based in London Clarkenwell, which is close enough to be part of any face to face meetings.
In such frameworks, it is crucial to provide confidence that we can deliver quality, innovation and the results that address the needs of our potential client. And that at the same time we can provide innovation too. We need to ensure that we are meeting these expectations and that we can prove we possess the experience with our case studies or strong references.
The Framework consists of eight categories. These categories include; 'web development', 'mobile app development', 'backend development', '3rd party maintenance', 'emerging technologies', 'data science and machine learning', 'design and UX' and 'host and operate'.
We chose to focus on showing case studies that relate to our extensive experience in web and mobile app development, back end development, emerging technologies and data science and machine learning. We thought that our chances were highest with these categories as we have done lots of projects for clients, in all types of sectors, to deliver scalable, innovative, modern and user-friendly applications that were supported by the consistent software development process.
We focused on presenting only a relevant portfolio of our work. Some of the examples we chose to include were:
Any project that is in line with our experience, which is primarily in the area of bespoke software development.
We have over 15 years of experience in IT bespoke software development. We have a specialised and dedicated team. And we possess project delivery skills, as well as transparency and a partnership approach.
Our clients are delighted to work with us, and they provide us with excellent references, which can be found on Clutch. These rankings are based on client feedback (in a one on one interview with an independent consultant), work experience, and market presence. We, sometimes, cannot provide the exact name of the client due to the contract regulations. However, we are proud that our processes are valued by famous brands and companies, both small and large. That is wonderful. Thank you so much for your time, and we will keep our fingers crossed for new tenders to be won.
If you wish to know more about the transparency and project visibility at HeadChannel, see our Gaining trust by ensuring your project is visible and transparent article.