Issue Date: 
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

3 Challenges to Starting a Business to Tender

We, as tender consultants are confronted on a daily basis with all the different challenges that the average business owner faces in the tender process. There are several challenges that keep on repeating over and over again especially if you are a start-up business or you erected a company with the specific intention to respond to tenders. These challenges are:

1.    Experience
Tender responses are evaluated according to Functionality. One condition under Functionality is always the amount of experience you or your company have in a specific industry. The experience element usually counts a number of points and these points all add up to your total score that you need to achieve in order to move on to the next phase of evaluation. If you are going to lack experience you are going to struggle to earn points. To resolve this we suggest that you respond to tenders that you as person have relevant experience in. A good example is where an IT sector person responds to tenders in the IT sector - this way you can use your own experience on your CV to earn points on Functionality.

2.    Site visits
Currently the trend from Government Entities is to do site visits to ensure that the bidders are real companies. The problem with erecting a company with the sole intention to respond to tenders is that the company is not really in business and therefor there is no site that it operates from. Depending on the kind of tender that you are responding to the minimum that you need to do is to set up an office of some sort, even if it is at your house. You need to show them that you have capacity in order to earn points on Functionality and to move forward to the next phase.

3.    Compulsory Governing Body registration
In South Africa there are numerous Governing Bodies that businesses and its employees and/or owners have to belong to. Three examples of such Governing Bodies are:

  • National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC), 
  • The Financial Services Board (FSB) and 
  • The National Contract Cleaners Association. 

There are many more but we will stick to these three. Many Government tenders require registration certificates showing your affiliation to a Governing Body. Failure to produce such a certificate can lead to your tender response as being judged as non-compliant and this can lead to you being disqualified. 
There are two major challenges that the business owner face when registering with the appropriate Governing Body:

  • Firstly the rules and regulations that the business must adhere to in order to register and 
  • Secondly the cost involved.

The answer would be to try and register even if it is costly. Remember that you will have to comply in any case with the rules and regulations of the Governing Body should you be so lucky to win the tender. Find out what the rules and regulations are and start to comply now and register.

Starting a business is a very hard process - starting a business specifically for the purpose to respond to tenders is even more difficult. Rather start a small business, get it up and running, get some experience under the belt, earn a bit of income and then start responding to tenders. 

If you want to learn more about the tender process please visit our website for more details on our upcoming How-to-Tender workshops (www.how2tender.com) or email werner@how2tender.com should you need any assistance in this regard.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Appointment of a Panel Of Attoneys to Assist Sedibeng District Municipality with Legal Related Matters on an Ad Hoc Basis. 2019-01-08 12:00 8/2/1/2-2018
Appointment of service provider to provide security services at Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality – Silver Crown Old Age Home for the Department of Social Development, Eastern Cape for a period of three (3) years 2019-02-04 11:00 SCMU4-18/19-0037
Provision of Short Term Insurance for the Period From 01 July 2019 to 30 June 2022 2019-01-18 12:00 FIN 01/2019/20
Consulting engineering services for the routine road maintenance of national route N2 section 8 km 80.08 to section 10 km 73.50 and national route R62 section 6 km 36.76 to section 8 km 2019-02-04 14:00 X.003-030-2019/1F
Consulting engineering services for the routine road maintenance of national route N2 section 12 km 0 to section 13 km 103.56 and national route R67 section 2 km 0 to km 36.19 2019-02-04 14:00 X.003-032-2019/1F
Appointment of service provider to provide security services at Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality – Enoch Sontonga Rehabilitation Center for the Department of Social Development, Eastern Cape for a period of three (3) years 2019-02-04 11:00 SCMU4-18/19-0036
Leasing of Premises for Customer Care Centres For uMgungundlovu District Municipality 2019-02-04 12:00 39/2018
Upgrading of the Kleinbrak 66/11kv substation 2019-02-08 12:00 TENDER 51-18/19
Appointment of Communication Service Provider to Assist the Department to Design, Develop and Edit a Publication on the Success Stories of the Environmental Programmes Branch of the Department of Environmental Affairs 2019-01-11 11:00 E1496
Spesialisdienste van Afrikaanse Taalkundige word verlang vir projek om Historiese gemarginaliseerde Afrikaanse varieteite te onsluit (Oranjerivier Afrikaans) 2019-02-12 11:00 ATM 017/2018-2019
Appointment of the service provider to conduct an Implementation evaluation of the Environment and Culture Sector within the EPWP 2019-01-11 11:00 E1497
Supply and delivery of gloves to PetroSA, GTL refinery (call of contract) 2019-02-15 11:00 CTT20907
Redesign, fabrication and installation of lifting platform main beams at Syncrolift dry dock in the Port of Cape Town 2019-02-19 10:00 TNPA 783/CIDB
Supply and Instal 4 Air Conditioners at NHLS Doran Nginza - Port Elizabeth 2018-12-28 11:00 RFQ 1469498
Supply, Deliver & Installation of Furniture at Gonubie Resort 2018-12-19 12:00 RFQ/DCS/2018-19/285
Supply and Delivery of Faltering Acid to BCMM Stores, Chiselhurst, East London 2018-12-19 12:00 RFQ/SCM/2018-19/283
Overhaul Bauer K 14 Upright Compressor 2018-12-19 12:00 RFQ/HPS/2018-19/281
Supply, Delivery & Installation of Storage Containers for Traffic Services 2018-12-19 12:00 RFQ/HPS/2018-19/280
Period Tender for Manufacturing and Installation of Transformer Fire Protection 2019-01-31 10:00 194Q/2018/19
Supply and Delivery of HTH Chlorine to Bcmm Stores, Chiselhurst, East London 2018-12-19 12:00 RFQ/SCM/2018-19/282

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