Issue Date: 
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

10 steps in the bid process

Each year, Organs of State invite the Private Sector to submit competitive bids for the supply of goods and services. Organs of State bid requests attract SMME's and large businesses across a wide range of sectors - from office supplies to major construction projects.

Here is an overview of 10 steps you should take to prepare a competitive bid.

1.    Register your interest

Follow the instructions in the bid document to register your interest with the purchasing agency. This important step will help keep you up to date on any bid information sessions.

2.    Attend briefing sessions

If you registered through a bid website, monitor the website for updates about bids. Attend any bid briefing sessions offered. These are valuable opportunities to ask questions and make contact with Organs of State. They may also give you a chance to meet potential subcontractors or make contacts that could participate in a consortium. Organs of State are also usually under no obligation to otherwise make available copies of information, presentations, etc., that may be given at a briefing sessions.

3.    Develop your bid response strategy

If you are bidding for a high-value bid, plan your bid carefully and consider the requirements and resources involved. For example, ask yourself:

a.    How much will it cost to prepare the bid?

b.    What information do we need to gather?

c.    What resources will we need to fulfil the contract?

d.    Who will manage the bid project?

e.    How will we plan the workload, assign the work required, schedule the meetings?

f.    Who is our competition and what are our chances of winning?

g.    What is our plan for marketing our products and services and pitching our business?

4.    Review recent awarded contracts

If you are unclear about any requirements in the bid request, contact the bid coordinator to seek clarification. What type of companies won similar bids in the past? What does the contracting Organ of State look for? What can you do to match their expectations?

5.    Write a compelling bid

Prepare your bid response. This includes planning, drafting and refining it. Make sure that you use the response forms provided and answer all questions. Stick to any word/page limits that there may be, and (as a general rule) do not go altering things like fonts and font sizes and numbering unless expressly permitted. Be clear about your structure and propositions. Decide on several key propositions you can use to set your bid apart from others. Review the evaluation criteria to gain a better understanding of what things the government agency is particularly looking for and will be evaluating your offer against. If you are not a strong writer, think about engaging a professional (a range of businesses offer bid writing services).

6.    Understand the payment terms

When putting together your bid response, make sure you are aware of the payment schedule specified. Organ of State payment schedules will vary from entity to entity and procurement to procurement. You may not get paid as soon as the job is finished or goods are delivered. If you require payment different to that specified, you should detail this in your offer.

7.    Provide References

Provide References who know your business and can attest to your work.

Give your References clear information about the bid request so they know what points to emphasise in their reference. If you have previously supplied goods or services to an Organ of State, ask them for a reference.

8.    Check and submit your bid

Make sure you check your proposal carefully before submitting it. Use a checklist to make sure your bid meets all the requirements (some bids will include a checklist that you can also use).

9.    Present your bid

Bid panels responsible for high-value contracts may request a formal presentation from bidders. If you need to present your offer to an evaluation panel, stay focused on the key messages in your proposal. Most importantly, prepare. Plan your presentation carefully, rehearse and, if you don't feel you're a strong presenter, get some coaching in presentation skills.

10.    Request a debriefing

You can request a debriefing on the bid after the process, especially if your bid is unsuccessful. Feedback from the evaluation committee can be extremely useful in understanding how your offering can be improved and can assist you in preparing for your next bid. Look for ways to improve your next bid.

To learn more about this and many other bid conditions please attend one of our HowtoTender workshops. For more information on the tender courses please email Werner at werner@how2tender.com.

 

Title Closing Date Tender No.
The provision of clinker removal and rope access at Camden Power Station for a period of 36 months 2019-07-29 10:00 MPGXC005631
Panel: Client Decor Services 2019-07-08 12:00 CTICC 038/2019 PANEL: CLIENT DÉCOR
Provision of collecting, stripping and assessment of medium voltage motors including on site white meta bearing repairs of selected Medium Voltage Motors at Arnot Power Station 2019-07-25 10:00 MPGXC 005619
Germiston Station Minor Building Works Upgrade 2019-07-08 11:00 RFQ 02-1911150/06/2019
The province of KwaZulu-Natal, Department of Transport, invites tenders of Vukuzakhe Contractors for the Betterment and Regravelling of L2602 Contract 1 in the Ulundi Municipality within the Zululand District. 2019-08-13 11:00 ZNT373/ C266/ 2111/ S/ 1/ 2018T
Renovational Services for the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) at Pietersburg Hospital Lab, Polokwane 2019-07-18 11:00 RFB021- 19- 20
Renovation Services for the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) at Bongani Provincial Hospital, Welkom 2019-07-17 11:00 RFB0018- 19- 20
General maintenance including roof replacement; 25 Voortrekker Road; Murraysburg. 2019-07-24 11:00 G003/ 19
Water and sanitation programme phase 3A at Zamangothando Secondary School, Khawuleza PS, Sishongani PS and Induduzo PS, Ulundi 2019-07-26 11:00 ZNTU 02480 W
Water and sanitation programme phase 3A at Maphovela High School, Ulundi 2019-07-26 11:00 ZNTU 03956 W
Phase 14 Storm Damage: Repairs and Renovations to Storm Damaged Schools Throughout The Province of KwaZulu Natal 2019-07-22 11:00 VARIOUS
The Construction of the Apli Cold Storage Facility, Depot and Packhouse 2019-07-15 12:00 CDC/ 327/ 19
NDPW:Rehabilitation and Construction of the New Office block at 85 Anderson Street,Johannesburg (Heritage) 2019-08-06 11:00 JHB.19/ 20
TKZN intends to appoint a marketing services agency to provide integrated marketing services aligned to the TKZN’S 2014-2020 strategy and annual performance plan for the period of twelve months 2019-07-19 12:00 TKZN NO: 03/ 2019
TKZN intends to appoint a suitable service provider to provide Public Relations and Communications support to the organization for the period of twelve months. 2019-07-19 12:00 TKZN NO: 01/ 2019
TKZN intends to appoint a suitable service provider to supply, install, develop, configure and maintain the SAP Business one application system including Microsoft SQL server database 2019-07-19 12:00 TKZN NO: 04/ 2019
CapeNature seeks the expertise of a suitable service provider for the supply, delivery and installation of Atmospheric Water Generators with a solar solution at the Anysberg Nature Reserve, CIDB and Local content conditions apply 2019-07-26 11:00 WCNCB 01/ 06/ 2019
Appointment of a service provider to manage Media Relations and Communication services on behalf of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Commission (‘the B-BBEE Commission’) for a period of 2 years. 2019-07-12 11:00 dti 06/ 19- 20
Appointment of a service provider to supply, install, configure and maintain a Telephone Management and Switchboard System for the Office of the Valuer-General on a lease basis for a period of 36 Months 2019-07-12 11:00 OVG (03) 2019/ 20
TKZN intends to appoint a Social Media Management Agency to provide social media services for a period of twelve months 2019-07-19 12:00 TKZN NO: 02/ 2019

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Article by Werner van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

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