Issue Date: 
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

3 Basic Tips to Remember When Responding to a Tender

When responding to tenders, whether it is Public or Private Sector, it is vital that your business makes a good impression by following these tips:

Do Your Research

Basically, a tender is an invitation to bidders to submit their proposal for a specified business need. The contract will be awarded to the bidder who can meet the need most closely and provide the best value for money. However, it’s important to remember that price is only one factor. So, read all the documents relating to the tender, attend any briefing or information sessions that are offered and make sure you understand the scope of work. If there are any uncertainties, have them clarified as early as possible.

If you have the opportunity, also research the Public or Private Sector Entity’s history, background, operations and any details about previous tenders. Another way to get a head start over the competition is to network and build relationships with the key decision makers prior to the bidding process.

Address all the Scope of Work

Every bidder will be evaluated against the tender criteria or functionality, so it’s important that you address them clearly and concisely. Make sure you also provide supporting proof if available, such as profit figures and other key performance indicators from similar projects you have worked on. Be careful about going too far, though. Providing too much information could overwhelm your potential client and create a negative impression.

This is your chance to prove that you are experienced, reliable, and confident that you can deliver on what’s required. It’s also your opportunity to differentiate yourself from the competition.

Review, review, review

Before you submit your tender, review it to make sure it’s complete and doesn’t contain any errors. Ask someone, other than the original responder, to read over the entire document at least once to double-check everything. Also, check that it meets the required format and style.

Many organisations – such as government agencies – can be very stringent with their deadlines, therefore it’s important that your tender response is submitted to the right person, at the right location, before the specified closing time and date. Compiling a comprehensive tender requires a lot of effort, but the payoff can be substantial should you win.  It’s always a wise strategy to put as much care and attention into your tenders as you would any other area of the business because if your tender responses are the best they can be, the odds are you’ll win the business.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions please attend one of the How-to-Tender workshops on www.how2tender.com

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Supply: door - type: tongue and groove 2017-11-24 12:00 GG11800186
Supply: padlock - material: brass 2017-11-24 12:00 GG11800226
Supply Hardware items 2017-11-24 12:00 GG11800231
Supply Hardware items 2017-11-24 12:00 GG11800221
Supply: timber - type: solid sa pine 2017-11-24 12:00 GG11800227
Supply: Prepacked breakfast 2017-11-24 15:00 GF11800444
Provision of Catering 2017-11-23 10:00 REQ02409
Supply: Refreshments 2017-11-24 15:00 GF11800445
Supply 150 each x party pack ward 50 - capacity building 2017-11-27 15:00 GF11800449
Supply and delivery of Studio Lights Items for Small Business Support Programme 2017-11-27 12:00 REQ01885-6
Supply Sunblock;cream;tube;150ml;spf 30+ 2017-11-27 15:00 GF11800446
Supply: First aid kit; elect; branded sling bag 2017-11-27 15:00 GF11800450
Supply: Stock stationery - assorted 2017-11-24 11:00 GM11800464
Horticultural Maintenance at various facilities in Area 4.2 2017-11-29 14:00 SN11800463
Consulting engineering services for the design and contract administration for the upgrades in the De Doorns fire station 2017-11-27 11:00 277968
Service provider for Training of Municipal Officials (Supply Chain Management) Readvertisement 2017-11-27 12:00 08/2/15/25
Upgrading of Montana Community Hall, Angelier Street Wolseley 2017-12-01 12:00 08/2/15/59
Eradication of runner and dune moles at Rooikrans SF 2017-11-29 14:00 SN11800464
Supply social development: roller banners; feathers & banner walls 2017-11-27 12:00 GL1180290A
Clearing of alien plants at Stettynskloof (as attached per WFW conditions) 2017-11-27 11:00 277576/8/9/80/81/82

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Functionality and Tenders

In all competitive bids (tenders) you as the bidder will have to respond to Functionality. You will need to score a set minimum number of points, measured as a percentage, on Functionality of a competitive bid (tender) in order to advance to the next phase of evaluation in the tender process.

Usually Organs of State evaluate competitive bids (tenders) as follows:

  • The tender response is evaluated on Functionality where the bidder must score points out of a maximum of 100 points.
  • A threshold of between 65 to 75 out of 100 points... Read More
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