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.
Construction of Xurana Water Supply. 2018-10-05 12:00 ORTDM SCMU 11-18/19
Tenders are invited for the Waterproofing of Guttering of Office and Veranda Section of Roof of office area 2018-09-20 11:00 CSQ09181435
Appointment of a professional consulting engineer for the planning, design and project management: Upgrading of the eastern bulk outfall sewer line. 2018-10-05 14:00 TN033/2018
Tenders are invited to Supply an Tyre Repair/Break Down Service Equipment 2018-09-28 11:00 CSQ09181431
Tenders are invited to Clean, Cut all Grass. Trim Trees and Remove all Rubble in Diaz Road Depot at the Bottom Camp Area 2018-09-28 11:00 CSQ09181431
Printing Dannhauser Municipality newsletter 2018-09-26 12:00 RFQ / 460
Supply of Information Technology Hardware and Peripherals. 2018-10-05 11:00 SAMRC/ITHP-ITSD/2018/10
Tenders are invited for training per delegate for ( Renewal of Hydraulic platform truck Operation Certficate) per Delegate 2018-09-27 11:00 CSQ09181415
Short Term Insurance Broking. 2018-10-08 11:00 REF: NWPB/RFT/NWPBINS/003/2018
Tenders are invited for training per delegate. ( Hydraulic platform operation certificate) 2018-09-27 11:00 CSQ09181415
Tenders are invited for ( Renewal of Expired Crane Truck Operation certificate) per Delegate 2018-09-27 11:00 CSQ09181415
Tenders are invited for Training per Delegate (Crane truck Operation certficate) 2018-09-27 11:00 CSQ09181415
Provision of build environment professional services for The Independent Development Trust (IDT). 2018-10-08 12:00 IDT-MP/DOE/7SCHOOLS/2018
Supply and deliver display case with 30mm wood base 700x150x800mm. 2018-09-20 11:00 GQ09181938
Supply and deliver 400x400x100mm 6mm clear perspex box. 2018-09-20 11:00 GQ09181938
Supply and deliver 500x400x300mm 6mm clear perspex 2018-09-20 11:00 GQ09181938
Provision of Travel Management Services to Overberg Water for a period of 36 Months. 2018-10-08 12:00 RFQ OW-440/2018/19
Supply and deliver 600x400x300mm 6mm clear perspex box. 2018-09-20 11:00 GQ09181938
Supply and deliver 700x400x300mm 6mm clear perspex box. 2018-09-20 11:00 GQ09181938
Supply and deliver 800x400x300mm 6mm clear perspex box. 2018-09-20 11:00 GQ09181938

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