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Tendering Process

Tendering Process

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 manageable.

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.