Our tender process

Pre-Qualification Questionnaire

A Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) is a document you have to fill in at the beginning of the tendering process. The PQQ makes sure only suppliers who meet the our minimum requirements are invited to a tender.

You may not need to fill in the questionnaire for every opportunity

The PQQ document

The PQQ document will give you:

  • an overview of the contract, including contract length and value
  • an explanation on how the questionnaire will be evaluated
  • the companies we will be inviting to the next stage, which is the Invitation to Tender (ITT)
  • the deadline by which to return the questionnaire

Filling in the PQQ

To fill in the PQQ, you must answer the following questions:

  • information about your business or organisation
  • previous contracts and experience
  • relevant qualifications and accreditations
  • financial information and accounts
  • health and safety policies
  • equality policies
  • insurance levels

We mark all the PQQs against preset scoring to get a shortlist of suppliers to invite to tender.

We also give feedback on scores to unsuccessful candidates.