If you had been asked to tender for a job and having spent a week or so doing this and money, then found out that the company who won the tender had helped write the tender document so had six months of inside information, rather than 3 weeks - would you be pissed off? and would you do something about it?
Yes - this sort of thing has occasionally happened to me too - have been asked to put in a proposal, then discover later it's simply for someone to be seen to be 'going through the motions' of having a competitive tender.
What did I do - well nothing, really, except learn from experience.
I guess it depends whether you want to work for them again in the future?
You could write a polite note expressing your concern that this has not been a fair process, and claiming reasonable time and expenses, but unless it was agreed in advance, they probably won't pay it
I was asked to attend an 'exploratory meeting' which meant travelling 350 miles and taking a day fo my time. I had just been to the same company for a different person 2 weeks previously, but was not yet working for them. I said yes, but on the condition that if there wasn't any work coming out of it I would charge a days time + expenses. That said, I never did because I'm still hoping to get in there at some point....
This is the process by which the Council decides who is the best provider. The tender itself is the completed and priced pre-prepared document that lays out all the terms, conditions and specification. The Council usually invites a minimum of 5 suppliers to submit a tender. The invitation to tender is issued to all suppliers on the same day. They are not allowed to canvass or collude with the Council, other than to seek clarity.
The time allowed for pricing and submitting a tender varies; it is normally around 4 to 6 weeks.
BUT IS IT ILLEGAL FOR SOMEONE TO HELP WRITE THE TNEDER (ANNONOMOUSLY) AND THEN WIN IT?
It happens a lot in marketing/ advertising (what line of work are you in, Beetroot?)
Typically a junior manager will be told by his boss that he needs to put something out to competitive tender. The junior doesn't want to change the agency as a) they know what they're doing and it makes his life easier and b) he's probably shagging the accoutn exec so he works with them (the existing agency) to make sure they 'win' the pitch. Usually the others come in a bit cheaper, and then this is used to negotiate the estimate down.
I always make a point of asking if it is a truly competitive tender - and then watching the response....
Beety we work in events also as you know and tender for contracts all the time. I have no experience of another tenderer (sp?) helping write the tender, but I do know that quite often companies put out a tender and actually have no intention of chaging supplier, it's just going through the motions.
It is a bummer though, alot of time, effort and hard work goes into preparing a response.
Don't know if what has happenned here is ilegal though. Hope someone else can advise you better.