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.
Training of 50 beneficiaries in Further Education + Training certificate: Fire and Rescue operations, NQF L4; SAQA ID 57803 2018-09-28 11:00 T/ 25/ 18 Learn Fire
Render services as a travel agent to the college 2018-09-28 11:00 T/ 03/ 18 TA
Training of 50 beneficiaries in Garment making Skills Programme: nonaccredited 2018-09-28 11:00 T/ 29/ 18 Skill Garment
Training of 50 beneficiaries in Welding Skills Programme: non-accredited 2018-09-28 11:00 T/ 30/ 18 Skill Weld
Training of 50 beneficiaries in Further Education + Training certificate, Automotive Repair and Maintenance NQF LEVEL 4; SAQA ID 78525 2018-09-28 11:00 T/ 20/ 18 Learn AMR
Training of 50 beneficiaries in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Assistant Skills Programme NQF L2 2018-09-28 11:00 T/ 27/ 18 Skill VMRA
Training of 50 beneficiaries in Further Education + Training certificate: Information Technology Technical Support NQF L4; SAQA ID 78964 2018-09-28 11:00 T/ 19/ 18 Learn TS
The appointment of a consultant to undertake specialist studies to inform the developable area for the proposed subdivision on ER84603, Retreat, Cape Town. 2018-09-20 11:00 SSC WC Q12 (2018 / 2019) DRDLR
Training of 50 beneficiaries in National Certificate, Information Technology, End User Computing, NQF Level 3; SAQA ID 49077 2018-09-28 11:00 T/ 21/ 18 Learn EUC
Training of 50 beneficiaries in Further Education + Training certificate: Information Technology Systems Development NQF L4; SAQA ID 78965 2018-09-28 11:00 T/ 18/ 18 Learn SD
Training of 50 beneficiaries in National Certificate, Animal Production, NQF Level 4, SAQA ID 48979 2018-09-28 11:00 T/ 24/ 18 Learn Animal
Internal Audit services 2018-09-28 11:00 T/ 14/ 18 IA
Appointment of the Service Provider to Undertake an Assessment of the Socio-Economic Impacts of the Implementation of the Waste Classification and Management Regulations and the Associated Waste Norms and Standards. 2018-09-21 11:00 Q- 119- 18- 19
Appointment of Auditors to Do Value for Money (VFM) and Performance Audits for Selected Projects within the Department’s Expanded Public Works Programmes 2018-09-21 11:00 Q- 113- 18- 19
Appointment of a Service Provider to Undertake the Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA) and the Review of Existing as well as Development of Appropriate Risk - Responsive Control Measures at the Branch: Oceans & Coasts 2018-09-21 11:00 E 1468
Appointment of service for the manufacturing and delivery of 1000LT complete fire truck units for firefighting in the Eastern Cape Province for the Department of Agriculture Forestry and fisheries at regional office King Williams Town. 2018-09-21 11:00 4.4.12.4/ 17/ 18
Cleaning services for inner city hostels in Johannesburg for a period not exceeding 36 months (Denver, George Goch, Jeppe, LTA, MBA and Murray and Roberts). 2018-09-21 11:00 HLA 4/ 2/ 4- 2018/ 04
Appointment of a security contractor to render security services at Modimolle, Polokwane and Makhado for the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for a period of three (3) years. 2018-09-21 11:00 4.4.12.4/ 10/ 18
Provision and service of chemical toilets. 2018-09-25 11:00 HLA 4/ 2/ 4- 2018/ 05
The appointment of a security company to render security services in the Mpumalanga province at mbombela to the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries for a period of three (3) years. 2018-09-21 11:00 4.4.12.4/ 11/ 18

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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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