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    Invite tender

    Hi,

    The council has invited tenders for the building contract.

    What does "invited tenders" mean here?

    This is from Cambridge.Dictionary.com and the meaning of "tender" is:

    A written or formal offer to supply goods or do a job for an agreed price.

    But I still don't understand "invite tenders".

    Can anyone help?

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    Re: Invite tender

    My guess is it means that the council has opened the period to accept offers to carry out the contract; it has "invited" companies to present their offers (budgets) to build whatever the contract specifies.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Invite tender

    Imprimatur!

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    Re: Invite tender

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    My guess is it means that the council has opened the period to accept offers to carry out the contract; it has "invited" companies to present their offers (budgets) to build whatever the contract specifies.
    I agree that the meaning is to invite companies to submit bids. I would argue that "budgets" do not equal "offers" in this context. Budgets are internal to a company and reflect financial decisions. Budgets are not normally made public, as would be the case in a bid.

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    Re: Invite tender

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    I agree that the meaning is to invite companies to submit bids. I would argue that "budgets" do not equal "offers" in this context. Budgets are internal to a company and reflect financial decisions. Budgets are not normally made public, as would be the case in a bid.
    I stand corrected. I'm not completely aware of the way public bids are handled everywhere. In Spain, one would expect at least a summary of the budget, which comes to be referred to as "buget" by the general public and by the non-specialized media. That's why I mentioned it in my post.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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