Tenders are normally invited under either a “restricted” or an
“open” tendering procedure.
Open Tendering Procedure – any organisation expressing an
interest in an advertised requirement is invited to tender and is
issued with invitation to tender documents. This procedure is only
selected when the expected number of applications is likely to be
Restricted Tendering Procedure – this procedure is used if a
high level of interest is expected. Organisations expressing an
interest in tendering undergo an initial pre-qualification
assessment to appraise their financial standing (if the value
exceeds £144,371 or if the contract is viewed high risk) and their
technical ability for undertaking the work. Normally applicants are
sent a pre-qualification questionnaire which must be completed
fully and returned by a specified date and time.
Responses are evaluated against pre-set criteria and the most
suitable applicants are then invited to tender.