Value for Money
Guidance Notes No.1
Issued by: The Value for Money Committee
Competitive Tendering - Guidance Notes No.1
At the latter end of 1998 a small number of purchasing specialists formed a Purchasing Officers Group
whose purpose was to identify ways of introducing measures which would lift purchasing standards
generally throughout the departments of Government. The Group sought and received the support of the
VFM Committee for the work it intended. One area identified as needing formal guidance was in the field of
competitive tendering. Although there are tendering and contract specialists scattered around Government,
they are few and far between and generally involved in estates works or purchasing management. Many
however see competitive tendering as a black art which from time to time they may have to be involved
with. This work is intended for them.
The Guidance Notes are intended to help the lay person put together a basic tendering package. For the
more complex tender documents or where the goods or services to be purchased are of a significant value it
is always advised that you should present your draft tender package to the Attorney General’s Chambers for
approval prior to inviting tenders.
Additional copies of the Guidance Notes can be obtained from the Secretary of the Value for Money
Internal Audit Division
Tel: 68-6564 Fax: 68-6587 e-mail: email@example.com
The Committee intends to publish further guidance notes on varying subjects as and when a need is
J D Midgley
Value for Money Committee
What is competitive tendering?
It is simply a means for buyers to make best use of competitive market forces to obtain the best offer t