Chasing the dream of stress-free work winning


Winning is fun. Whether you’re a business development and bids professional, a business leader or are only just finding your feet in the world of work winning, chances are euphoria of winning is what draws you into this profession.

Through the Short Thoughts blog, the Red Review podcast and through the research I carry out with friends, colleagues and companies I trust, I’m on the pursuit of the ultimate plan to achieve stress-free work winning. Join me and together we can make help make the journey as enjoyable as the win.


Short Thoughts

Short Thoughts is a collection of short blogs, written and published at pace, capturing my thoughts and views on topics centred around bidding, business development and leadership. The blog is powered by Passle, a sales and marketing platform which helps busy experts create timely, engaging content.

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Red Review

Now one of the UK’s top bids and proposals podcasts, the Red Review is co-presented with my friend Jeremy Brim of Growth Ignition. Jeremy and I debate a range of topics impacting businesses and business development professionals, as well as interviewing interesting people from the world of bids, procurement and business.

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Sometimes issues and challenges we all face require more than just a short blog or podcast to truly explore the topic and develop research and insights around it. When the chance to collaborate with a colleague or business, I try and capture this in articles and papers, which I’ve made available here!

Download research, insights and views on business development, bidding and procurement »


Bids and Procurement LIVE!

A unique breakfast event bringing together bidding and procurement professionals, Bids and Procurement LIVE! is held in London every quarter and supported by the YPO and Growth Ignition. We deliver interesting, targeted panel sessions, debate and networking for busy professionals, with a good helping of caffeine thrown in to get the morning off to a great start.


“Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

— Henry Ford

Mike Reader Bid Director

A little about me

I’ve had a varied career spanning engineering, bidding and leadership. I love to swim and am slowly transforming into a long-distance open water swimmer.