Issue Date: 
Monday, May 9, 2016

Briefing sessions, Site Meetings & Information Sessions

If you have ever responded to a request for quotation or a competitive bid you will have encountered a Briefing Session, Site Meeting or Information Session. These are meetings that are held before the quotation or a competitive bid (tender) is due.

Most of the time these sessions is compulsory and not attending it can and might most probably lead to your tender response being disqualified.

Here are a number of things that you must remember or do when you attend one of these sessions:

1.    Be on time - in the old days you could arrive an hour late and you would still be allowed to enter the session. They lock the doors - you won't be able to get in. The cut-off time is usually stated in the tender document or in the tender advertisement.
2.    Sign the attendance register - remember to sign the attendance register in the name of the company that you are going to respond in. Many people have multiple companies. Ensure that you use the correct name. When attending the session and you know you are going into a Joint Venture to the tender then use the Joint Venture's name.
3.    Buy the tender document - If you have to purchase the tender document beforehand - especially at municipalities - go at least an hour before the sessions starts. Remember that you are not going to be the only person attending the session and there will most probably be other people queuing to buy the document as well. This might cause you to be late and not be able to attend the session.
4.    Ask questions - the information session is the time to ask questions. You will not get a better opportunity to ask questions. Quickly scan the scope of the tender as well as other requirements and ensure you know exactly what is required from you by asking questions during the session.
5.    Check out your competition - this is the time to see what your chances of winning the tender are. If there are only three or four attendees at the session then you know you are in with a chance but if there are three hundred attendees you know it is going to be tough to win the tender.
6.    If you are going to respond using a Joint Venture partner or a subcontractor it might be a good idea to take them along to the session. Let them get the information first hand as second hand information is usually not good information.
7.    Evaluate the opportunity - sometimes tender descriptions are vague. You might think that the tender opportunity is for you but once you have attended the session you might think twice in responding to the tender. Responding to tenders is time consuming and there is always a cost involved. Evaluate the situation and determine if it is for you or not.
8.    Last but not least we always recommend that the person or persons that are going to be responsible for responding to the tender must attend the Briefing session. Important information is shared at these sessions. If you are not there your tender response might be non-responsive because of information that you did not provide. Don't send your driver or secretary to attend. We have attended information sessions where the closing time and/or the closing time have been changed and there were no other communication regarding the chance of closing times. 

If you follow these guidelines your chances of being awarded a tender will increase tremendously. 

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions please attend one of our How-to-Tender workshops. 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 & delivery of complete fire suit (NFPA) approved 2018-08-23 10:00 DSP0003675
Provisioning, Administration and Management of Wayleave Services. 2018-09-17 11:00 A32-2018/2019
Manufacture, supply & install chess benches 2018-08-23 10:00 DSC0019444
Minor Structure Repairs on P272 2018-09-17 11:00 C252/1718/MS/592
Supply & delivery of 610mm, 2A polymer and cover (lockable with fibre cement manhole complete as well as underground optic fibre warring tape 2018-08-23 10:00 DIE0014244
Supply & delivery of single step brass reducer (reducing sets) 2018-08-23 10:00 DIC0025709
Supply: Lubricants 2018-08-27 16:00 GC11900093
Supply 20 kilogram x nutrient mix 459q 2018-08-22 16:00 GC11900095
Supply: Medical oxygen 2018-08-27 15:00 GF11900114
Supply & delivery of pine rough shutterply pine and chipboard 2018-08-23 10:00 DIC0025681
Request for Proposals: Revenue enhancement strategies 2018/2019 2018-08-29 11:00 ELM 15/2018
Request for proposal for liquid oxygen storage & supply of Liquid Oxygen (LOX) chemical for Magalies Water Klipdrift WTW for a period of five (5) years. 2018-09-17 12:00 RFP/MW/147/2018-19
Provision of Sootblowers, Flue Gas Cleaning & Smoke Stack Maintenance Services. 2018-09-17 14:00 MED00132Gx
Supply and Delivery of Archives Filing System and Binding Tapes 2018-08-24 11:00 11105782
Renovation of DC Office Building at Epping Fire Station (Training Centre). 2018-08-24 14:00 SL1190025A
Supply and deliver 2terbyte pocket HD - WD or approved equal 2018-08-27 11:00 GQ08181888
Supply and deliver professional video camcorder tripod with fluid drag head - BLACK. 2018-08-27 11:00 GQ08181888
Supply and deliver 500mm /1000mm F/8 telephone lens -Eos T 51i or approved equal 2018-08-27 11:00 GQ08181888
Supply and deliver Canon EOS 6D Mark 11 DSLR with 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens 2018-08-27 11:00 GQ08181888
Supply and deliver interactive whiteboard and stand 2018-08-27 11:00 GQ08181888

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