Tenderwise assembled a wide range of valuable information to enable SMEs to overcome knowledge barriers, which currently prevent them from winning more public sector business.

Project  Outcomes

TenderWise developed the following:

    1. SME Baseline Attitudes. A survey to discover the attitudes to procurement and procuring with the public sector and the challenges facing the Welsh SME.

    2. Practical case studies. Case studies written to help SMEs improve their practical tendering capabilities.

    3. Tender Documentation. Tender documentation can vary from one public sector body to the next. The team gathered typical examples of various types of tender documents, such as Pre-Qualification questionnaires, prior information notices, tender questionnaires and contract award notices, along with commentary on some of their more difficult or less obvious points.

    4. How does the public sector purchase? Matrix Diagrams were produced to illustrate, along with accompanying explanation, how the public sector goes about the process of purchasing to help the SME sector understand the factors that bear on the public purchasing process.

    5. Procurement Legislation. The TenderWise module on legislation, assists linking the new Directives’ individual articles to the corresponding provisions of the domestic Irish and UK implementation legislation.

    6. E-Procurement. There were major moves in both Ireland and the UK to move public sector procurement to an E-Procurement environment. A series of reports were written to assist with an overview of some of the main Government and sectoral strategies in these areas, and consider their significance for the future.

    7. Environmental Sustainability & Procurement. The incorporation of Environmental Sustainability requirements into tenders was beginning to play a major part in public sector tendering. Many public sector bodies were seeking to promote sustainability via the public procurement process when they sought goods and services from suppliers. TenderWise supported such resource needs by providing users with valuable information, distilled from key online sources, on how to green tenders, whether from a supplier's or purchaser’s perspective.

    8. Equal Opportunities & Procurement. The adoption in recent years of Equal Opportunities policies in EU Member States can be advanced through the incorporation of equal opportunities criteria into public sector tenders at the time when tenders are being are being drawn up. TenderWise guides users through the key legislation and policy drivers in the area.

    9. Project delivery: An interactive DVD was sent to 19,000 organisations across Ireland and Wales, and a ‘mirror’ image website was created to improve communication and understanding of procurement between the public sector and small to medium sized enterprises.

Project Partners

The “TenderWise” project, was led by team members from Bangor University Law School's Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies, and was part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Ireland Wales Programme (INTERREG 4A).


Gary Clifford