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Optimum Number of Tenderers

The optimum / right number of Tenderers to be included on any Tender list would depend on a number of factors. If considerable work and costs are involved in preparing a Tender, e.g. complex lump sum involving design, supply, construction, installation, commissioning, etc., the number of Tenderers should be restricted/limited. If the pricing mechanism is straight forward, e.g. BOQ - bills of quantities, it may be appropriate to include a larger number since not much time and resources would be involved in its evaluation.

Most companies have settled at a practice to invite a maximum of six (6) Tenderers and a minimum of three (3) Tenderers on a Tender list.

However the practice of including a Tenderer to obtain a “Support Quotation” is not a very professional one and is highly advised against.

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