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 this need most closely and provide the best value for money. However, it's important to remember that price is only one factor. Remember:

  • Read all the documents relating to the tender.
  • Attend any briefing/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 chance, 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 evidence 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 turn them off altogether.

This is your chance to show 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 hand in your tender:

  • Review it to make sure it's complete and doesn't contain errors.
  • Make sure someone other than the original responder proof reads the entire document at least once, since it's harder to spot mistakes when you're too close to a project.
  • Check that it meets the required format and style.

Many organisations, such as government agencies, can be very stringent with their deadlines, so it's also important that you hand your tender response to the right person, at the right location, before the specified closing time and date.

Putting together a great tender can take a lot of effort, but the payoff can be enormous if you win. It's always good strategy to put as much care and attention into your tenders as you would any other area of the business.

If your tenders are as good as they can be, odds are you'll win the business. Learn how to make sure you're prepared to handle the increased workload.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions please attend one of our How-to-Tender workshops. Tender Workshop dates are published on our website at www.how2tender.com. For more information on the tender courses please email Werner at werner@how2tender.com.

This article was written by Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd. which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Supply and Deliver Coin Counter Equipment 2018-12-18 11:00 GQ12182007
Repair and resurface of various roads in central business district of Upington 2019-02-01 14:00 TN099/2018
Supply and Deliver Note Counters Equipment 2018-12-18 11:00 GQ12182007
Appointment of consulting engineering firm for the planning, design and project management of water services for Hakskeen Pan 2019-02-01 14:00 TN100/2018
Terms of Reference for Consultant Gender Programme Expert Consultancy Services for Launching the AU Strategy for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment 2018-12-21 17:00 AUC/WGDD/C/252
For the supply and installation of HV Surge arresters. 2019-02-05 10:00 KBY/54341
Supply & deliver Tinned Wire Copper 1.6mm fusewire. 2018-12-18 11:00 SQ12181328
Supply & deliver Circuit Breakers 40amp 240volt,5ka CURVE 2 SFM1-G3 complete.no shrouds 2018-12-18 11:00 SQ12181328
Supply & deliver Energy Saving Flourescent Tubes T5 28W/840 1149MM long, Cool White. Osram, Phillips or approved equal. 2018-12-18 11:00 SQ12181328
Supply and deliver 667/TZ/30937/000 EFC Modules 128M Signal Controller -Siemens or approved equal 2018-12-18 11:00 GQ12182003
Supply and deliver Hydraulic Breakers- LH270 Atlas Copco or approved equal 2018-12-18 11:00 GQ11182001
Supply and deliver of Beach Markers 2018-12-14 11:00 GQ12182004
Rental of a digger loader (6-7 ton) for a the month of December 2018 and January 2019 2018-12-18 11:00 292257
Supply and deliver of Safety Helmets 2018-12-14 11:00 GQ12182004
Rental of bull dozer for the months of December 2018 and January 2019 2018-12-18 11:00 292038
Supply and deliver Padded Gloves 2018-12-14 11:00 GQ12182004
Supply and deliver Rescue Booties 2018-12-14 11:00 GQ12182004
Rental of light delivery vehicles (engine capacity 2000 cc) for January and February 2019 2018-12-18 11:00 292218
Rental of light delivery vehicles (engine capacity 1400 cc) for January and February 2019 2018-12-18 11:00 123456
Rental of a rear end loading (REL) refuse compactor - 19 m3 (double axle) refuse compactor truck, for December 2018 and January 2019 2018-12-18 11:00 234567

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Advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums

Consortiums are often considered as entities to use when responding to tenders in South Africa. The question that arises is whether to use a Consortium or a Joint Venture when responding to a tender. To help you with this we have compiled a list of advantages and disadvantages for both Consortiums as well as Joint Ventures. In this article we list the advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums. Look out for the same article on Joint Ventures.

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