Issue Date: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What is my chance of winning a tender?

What is my chance of winning a tender? This question gets ask many times - should it be by people attending our How-to-Tender workshops or business owners making use of our tender consulting services.  The problem with the question is that there is no straight forward answer. People expect us to say your chances are 50% or 60% or whatever the case might be. 

The real answer is much more complex than a simple percentage. 

Let us start by looking at briefing session and/or site meeting attendance. We have been to many briefing sessions/site meetings where the average attendance by businesses was more than 300 businesses at a time. We have also been to briefing sessions/site meetings where there were as little as 3 to 5 businesses attending. Then there are briefing sessions/site meetings that have anything from 2000 to 8000 attendees! The more the businesses are that attend briefing sessions/site meetings the less your chance will be of winning that tender. In our experience only 50% of businesses that attended the briefing sessions/site meetings will eventually respond to that tender.

Another factor that will either count in your favour or against you is the type of goods or services that you supply. If you are in the cleaning industry your chances of winning a cleaning tender is going to be much less than a business which is the only supplier of pharmaceutical products in the pharmaceutical industry. The fact is - the more scares your product is, the better your chances are in winning a tender.

Many business owners think that because there business has a Level one B-BBEE Score that they will have the best chance in winning a tender. A Level one B-BBEE Score is very good but there are many businesses out there with the same B-BBEE Score. In the end the price of the goods or services are going to determine which business will win the tender.

To ensure that your tender response has the best chance of winning you must ensure that it is first of all 100% compliant. Furthermore, make sure that you past the functionality test. If your tender response makes it through to the final phase of evaluating then your B-BBEE Score and Price will determine if you are going to win or not. Ensure that your price is right - that way your chance of winning a tender will increase.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions please attend one of our How-to-Tender workshops. 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.

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Appointment of an accredited external water testing laboratory for AgriZone for a period of three years. 2018-09-14 11:00 DTP/RFP/11/AGZ/06/2018
Exterior painting at Wellington, Civic Centre 2018-08-30 10:00 BK016 (DIC0025814)
Procurement of grade 8 and 9 MST camp: Academic and role modeling 2018-09-03 12:00 CS/SCM/COO/MST/R18-19/27
The Department of Public Enterprises invites service providers to submit a proposal to assist the Department to manage and render an in-house canteen service. 2018-09-03 11:00 DPE 6/2018-2019
New vinyl floor covering at Soup Kitchen 2018-08-30 10:00 BK015 (DIC0025816)
Civil Engineering Services for the implementation of Rea Vaya Phase 1C Greenstone Bus Terminal for design review and contract administration. 2018-09-14 12:00 JDA/GT001
Supply: 6 each x vibration detection sensor iq2400s5-m12c 2018-08-27 12:00 GD11900208
Precinct Study, Noorder Perel, Paarl 2018-08-23 10:00 DIP0001964
Supply Equipment for metro farmworkers. 2018-08-22 12:00 GG11900273
Supply: Medical supplies 2018-08-22 15:00 GF11900116
Revamping of derelict a cricket wicket at New Orleans Sportsfields 2018-08-30 10:00 DSP0019548
Rewind and Repair both 45kw and 37kw flange mounted motor 2018-08-24 12:00 RFQ NO: 8/3/2- 57/2018
Completion of bus route at Tweefontein - G in Thembisile Hani Local Municipality. 2018-09-14 12:00 3387/17
Supply & replace of 2 x 36000btu split A/C at Mayors Office in Civic Centre, Paarl 2018-08-30 10:00 DIE0014378
Annual service and repairs of standby generators in the Water department at various venues 2018-08-30 10:00 DIC0025810
Holsloot Diversion works: Construction of concrete weir and associated structures. 2018-09-14 12:00 127/2018
Supply & delivery of pipes UPVC 110mm socketed (6m length class 51) 2018-08-23 10:00 S4W0003028
Supply and Installation of Stormwater Network at Region1 (Emzinoni Victor Khayane Road 2018-08-27 12:00 RFQ NO: 8/3/2- 60/2018
IFRS 17 Implementation Services. 2018-09-14 12:00 RFP 2018/13
Construction of a 6 point swing-over milking parlour. 2018-09-14 12:00 20/2018

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