Issue Date: 
Friday, July 27, 2018

How can a start-up business win a tender?

In the tender process, it is essential that an enterprise be knowledgeable of the supply it wants to bid for. In fact, the more knowledge the enterprise has of its supply, the better its odds are of being awarded a tender.

The question is ‘where or how do start-up enterprises gain experience?’ or, ‘can a start-up enterprise win a tender?’ The simple answer is yes, start-up enterprises can win tenders.

Organs of State have identified certain industry sectors such as cleaning, grass cutting, security and a few others where they will try and award tenders to start-up enterprises. Furthermore, the new Preferential Procurement Regulations 2017, have got three specific Regulations that Organs of State can apply, to the advantage of designated groups, through sub-contracting 30% of a tender to Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME’s).

An alternative to overcome the lack of experience would be to go into a Joint Venture. Collaborate with an enterprise that has the necessary expertise and that complies with the Functionality of a specific tender. Finding enterprises to go into a joint venture with can be difficult but if a start-up enterprise can bring unique skills or Black Ownership to a joint venture, it will be easier to find a joint venture partner.

It is practical to start a business in something that you have experience in, so we advise start-up entrepreneurs to use their experience, gained through studying or working in a specific sector, in their tender responses. Use personnel references and ask the supplier/s that you dealt with in your previous job/s to be your references.

The Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act dictates that Organs of State enforce certain minimum requirements when awarding tenders, in order to verify that an enterprise is legally operating and is tax compliant.

The minimum requirements any enterprise must met in order to respond to tenders are:

  • Being tax compliant;
  • Be registered on the Central Supplier Database;
  • Have an B-BBEE certificate or an EME Affidavit (in the case of a startup);
  • A Fixed address;
  • Bank account;

If you want to learn more about the tender process and how to complete a tender correctly and hopefully successfully, we advise that you attend one of our tender courses. 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 which specializes in tender consulting and tender training. (04/05/2018)

Title Closing Date Tender No.
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
Information on Water Treatment System 2019-03-01 10:00 CORP 4647
Consulting engineering services for the routine road maintenance of national route N2 section 10 km 73.40 to section 11 km 71.74 and national route R75 section 1 km 0 to section 2 km 25.93 and national route R335 section 1 km 0 to km 30.12 2019-02-04 10:00 X.003-031-2019/1F
Panel of professional services (civil, building, mechanical, electrical and environmental) for a period of three (03) years 2019-02-08 12:00 T32/2018
The Replacement and Maintenance of Signages at O R Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) for A Period Of 60 Months 2019-01-31 11:00 COR5652/2018/RFP

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