Aggregated News Services Framework for HM Revenue and Customs

Aggregated News Services Framework for HM Revenue and Customs

Tenders are invited to join a framework for this provision which comprises of aggregated news from publishers in a single search facility and electronic newspapers which replicate a printed copy.

UK-Manchester: Data supply services

2013/S 020-031357

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

HM Revenue and Customs
Commercial Directorate, 5th Floor West, Ralli Quays, 3 Stanley Street, Salford
For the attention of: Laura Papathomas, Joanne Sykes
M60 9LA Manchester
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1618270256 / 0860
E-mail: e.procurement@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk
Fax: +44 1618270270

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.hmrc.gov.uk

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity
Other: Direct and Indirect Taxes
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations
Various
Various
UNITED KINGDOM

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
GB Salford: Aggregated News Services Framework
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 13: Advertising services
NUTS code UK
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 8
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in months: 48
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 1 000 000 and 4 000 000 GBP

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
Data supply services. Newspapers. Computer-related services. Computer-related professional services. Data collection and collation services. The contracting authority is seeking to establish a Framework Agreement with data services Contractors who have access to a unique range of data assets. They will have proven ability to deliver relevant data, to meet HMRC’s specific business requirements and those across a range of Other Government Departments (OGDs). Tenders are invited to join a framework for this provision which comprises of aggregated news from publishers in a single search facility and electronic newspapers which replicate a printed copy. The contracting authority is not seeking provision of media monitoring of broadcast, social media and online services or a provision of press cutting services.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72319000, 22210000, 72500000, 72590000, 72314000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.8)Lots
This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots
II.1.9)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
Lot 1 Aggregated Online News Services: A system is required that will enable to conduct an online search across a range of titles from a variety of news sources and produce a search results list.
Lot 2 Replica Electronic Newspapers: The requirement for this Lot is to view on screen the full replica version of a print newspaper with the ability to turn pages and see the paper in full.
No guarantees can be given regarding the value/volume of orders to be placed using the contract and any indicative figures may be subject to change but it is intended that the contract will have the capacity to award call off contracts upto GBP 1 million per annum.
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Aggregated On Line News Services

1)Short description
A system is required that will enable to conduct an online search across a range of titles from a variety of news sources and produce a search results list. The sources should include both UK national and Regional titles; Non-UK titles, newswires, bloggs or other on line new sources than traditional paper source; Social media coverage; images, pictures, graphs and charts; Non-English titles; Specialist Publications. The data shall be hosted and accessed through the tenderer’s website.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72319000, 22210000, 72500000, 72590000, 72314000

3)Quantity or scope
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 1 and 2 500 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
The contracting authority is not seeking provision of media monitoring of broadcast, social media and online services or for the provision of press cutting services. The requirements is for the tenderer to provide news services to the contracting authorities staff desk tops via a search facility as detailed in the Short Description.
Lot No: 2 Lot title: Replica Electronic Newspapers
1)Short description
The requirement in this Lot is to view on screen the full replica version of a print newspaper with the ability to turn pages and see the paper in full.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72319000, 22210000, 72500000, 72590000, 72314000

3)Quantity or scope
The contracting authorities expectation is that the sources should include both UK and Non UK titles/languages.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 1 and 1 500 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
The requirements is for the tenderer to provide news services to the contracting authorities staff desk tops as detailed in the Short Description.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
N/A.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
HMRC operates an Enterprise Resource Planning (electronic trading/ordering) system and has a Purchase Order Mandatory Policy. Successful tenderers will be required to provide information so that they can be adopted onto the system. Payment will be made by BACS within 30 days of receipt of a valid invoice.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
Joint and several liability. No special legal form is required, but each supplier will be required to become jointly and severally liable for the contract before acceptance.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: Any contract or framework agreement awarded will be subject to the Authority’s Conditions of Contract.
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As stated in Section VI.3, HMRC is using an e-sourcing (eTendering) tool or application for this procurement. Tenders will normally not be fully considered or evaluated unless Tenderers have first demonstrated that they have the necessary personal standing and are eligible and suitable to be awarded a public contract. Tenderers will therefore be required to provide a statement within an online “selection questionnaire” as to whether any of the circumstances (relating to mandatory and discretionary grounds for exclusion) described in Regulation 23 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 apply. Revenue compliance will be considered and checks will be undertaken throughout the tendering exercise, using, as applicable, information from HMRC’s own records. UK applicants will be required to provide their tax reference numbers: i.e. Value Added Tax registration number, PAYE collection reference and Corporation Tax or Self-Assessment reference, as applicable. Overseas or non-UK Tenderers will be required to submit a certificate of tax compliance obtained from the country in which they are resident for tax purposes. If a company is a subsidiary, a member of a group or a consortium, the above details may also be required in respect of the parent company, other group members or each consortium member as appropriate. Information may also be required in respect of sub-contractors who will prospectively be performing core or major elements of the requirement.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As stated in Section VI.3, HMRC is using an e-sourcing (eTendering) tool or application for this procurement. Tenders will normally not be fully considered or evaluated unless Tenderers have first demonstrated via an online “selection questionnaire” that they have the necessary economic or financial capacity to perform the contract. Actual requirements will vary depending on the particular requirement or contractual opportunity, but, as a minimum, the questionnaire will request the following information: 1) audited accounts (to include balance sheet and statement of profit and loss) and/or similar financial statements or information; 2) statement of turnover in respect of the required goods and/or service only; and 3) details of Public Liability and Employers Liability Insurance (as applicable) and other relevant insurances. If a company is a subsidiary, a member of a group or a consortium, the above details may also be required in respect of the parent company, other group members or each consortium member as appropriate.
III.2.3)Technical capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As stated in Section VI.3, HMRC is using an e-sourcing (eTendering) tool or application for this procurement. Tenders will normally not be fully considered or evaluated unless Tenderers have first demonstrated via an online “selection questionnaire” that they have the necessary technical capacity to perform the contract. Actual requirements will vary depending on the particular requirement or contractual opportunity, but, as a minimum, the questionnaire will request the following information: 1) details of the principal business areas(s) in which the company is engaged and its structure, site locations and facilities; 2) evidence of previous relevant experience in the last 3 years, demonstrating capacity and ability to provide the required goods and/or services, inclusive of dates, size/value of contract and customer address/contact names for reference purposes; 3) details of quality systems in place, including (if applicable) details and copy certification relating to formal accreditation held, such as BS, ISO or equivalent; 4) information relating to compliance with Health and Safety, Equalities and Environmental legislation; and 5) a list of professional associations or trade bodies to which the organisation or individuals in the organisation belong. If a company is a subsidiary, a member of a group or a consortium, the above details may also be required in respect of the parent company, other group members or each consortium member as appropriate.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated below

1. Technical merit – strategic requirements. Weighting 5

2. Technical merit – general requirements. Weighting 10

3. Lot 1 – Aggregated news services. Weighting 65

4. Lot 2 – Replica electronic newspapers. Weighting 65

5. Cost effectiveness. Weighting 20

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
z-PS-2012-Aggregated News Services-ITT.
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2012/S 185-304259 of 26.9.2012

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
28.2.2013 – 17:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: HMRC will be using an e-sourcing (e-tendering) tool/application for this procurement. This prevents any information provided by the applicant or tenderer from being viewed by the Authority until the e-sourcing event is closed. The e-sourcing (e-tendering) application will display the closing date and time for this particular tendering exercise within the event. The close time will be the earliest point at which the HMRC nominated or a tender defined evaluation team member will be able to open and view the tender responses. Therefore, the opening time for tenders will coincide with the close date and time for the event and all tenders will become visible to the HMRC nominated or event defined tender evaluation team in any place that provides access to the e-sourcing tool/application at that time.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information

The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender.HMRC is conducting this tendering exercise under the OJEU Open procedure and is using an eSourcing (eTendering) tool or application. ((Information about the e-Sourcing application, and about supplying to HMRC in general, is available on the HMRC website: www.hmrc.gov.uk/about/supplying.htm.) Economic operators who require access to the online tender documentation must send an email to e.procurement@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk any time up to, but no later than (17:00) on (25.2.2013). This email should contain (a) the contract reference shown in Section IV.3.1 (File Reference), (b) a contact email address; (c) a contact name; and (d) the company name and contact telephone number. Economic operators who have complied with the foregoing will receive details of how to access the online Tender documentation. (If an email response from HMRC is not received within one working day of your request, re-contact e.procurement@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk (after first checking your spam in-box) notifying non-receipt and confirming when the request was first made). Online Tender documentation must be fully completed (and any requested associated hard-copy documents received by HMRC) no later than (17:00) on (4.3.2013). Tender documentation not submitted in the required form (or containing the requested information) may be rejected. (When requesting access to the online Tender documentation, please notify the Authority if you have any accessibility issues (disabilities) which may prevent you from providing a high quality response using the eSourcing application. This will then allow HMRC to agree with you an appropriate format for you to view and respond to the requirements). All communications shall be in English. Tenders, when invited, and all supporting documentation must be priced in Sterling and all payments under the contract will be in Sterling. Any contract or agreement resulting from the Invitation to Tender will be considered as a contract made in England according to English Law and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. The Awarding Authority does not bind itself to accept any tender and reserves the right to accept any part of the tender unless the tenderer expressly stipulates to the contrary.

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GO Reference: GO-2013125-PRO-4541497.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: HMRC will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the time the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the contracting authority before the contract is entered into. Such additional information should be requested from the address at I.1. Where a contract has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the Authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into, the Court may only award damages.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:25.1.2013

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