10 things to remember when you tender
By Werner van Rooyen
29 September 2014
There are many things that you as a small business owner must remember when you respond to a tender and sometimes responding to a tender can be overwhelming. Experience has taught me that there are some important things to remember when responding to a tender and there are some less important things to remember when responding to a tender.
Here are ten of the most important things to remember when responding to a tender. All ten of these items are of equal importance and are applicable to public as well as private sector tenders.
Top ten tips:
- Attend the briefing sessions. The briefing sessions are the place where you find out the what, why and how of responding to a tender. You can also check out your competition at the briefing session.
- Read the tender document carefully and thoroughly. Each tender document is different. Make sure you read every last word so that you respond correctly the specific tender.
- Be on time! Ensure that you deliver your tender response on time. If you are late with your tender response you are going to be disqualified.
- Use an index in your tender response. The Evaluation Committee members do not want to page around struggling to find specific information in your tender response.
- All prices should normally include VAT at 14%.
- Complete all the documents, especially those in the public sector tenders. If you fail to complete all the Standard Bidding Documents your tender can be disqualified.
- Initial each and every page of the tender document that you have received from the organ of state or the private company. By initialling each page you indicate that you have read its contents and that you are familiar with the contents of each page.
- Ensure that you attach all the necessary compulsory documents. Your tender response maybe disqualified if you forget to attach a tax clearance certificate or the ID`s of the company directors and so on. In our tender manual there is a tick list that helps you remember all the compulsory documents.
- Keep your compulsory documents such as your tax clearance and B-BBEE certificates and municipal accounts up to date. Old documentation will not work and your tender response will be disqualified.
- Keep your tender response need and tidy. Bind the whole document into one if it is at all possible - this way you know that the Evaluation Committee will not misplace part of your tender response.
I hope that these ten tips on the tender process and your response to it will help you to land that big tender that will take your business to the next level.
Visit our website www.how2tender.com for more information on the tender process or invest in our tender manual that is available as an eBook.
Until next time.