Digital Services 2 – Crown Commercial Service

Digital Services 2 – Crown Commercial Service

This procurement will provide access to Digital Services; building digital services requires a range of capabilities and roles.
Capabilities to be supplied through the Digital Services framework: Software Engineering and Ongoing Support, Agile Product Design and Delivery, Front-end Design and Interaction Design, Content Design, Editorial and Strategy, System Administration and Web Operations.

United Kingdom-Norwich: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support

2014/S 241-424416

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Crown Commercial Service
Rosebery Court, St Andrews Business Park
For the attention of: Digital Services Team
NR7 0HS Norwich
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: ict_services@ccs.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://ccs.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.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

General public services
Other: public procurement

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

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

UK Public Sector Contracting Authorities
UK-wide

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Digital Services 2.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 7: Computer and related services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Primarily in the UK with some limited requirements overseas.

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: 999

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in months: 9

Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT: 40 000 000 GBP

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

Crown Commercial Service as the Contracting Authority is putting in place a Pan Government Collaborative Framework Agreement for use by UK public sector bodies identified at VI.3 (and any future successors to these organisations), which include Central Government Departments and their Arm’s Length Bodies and Agencies, Non Departmental Public Bodies, NHS bodies and Local Authorities.
This procurement will provide access to Digital Services; building digital services requires a range of capabilities and roles.
Capabilities to be supplied through the Digital Services framework:
— Software Engineering and Ongoing Support,
— Agile Product Design and Delivery,
— Front-end Design and Interaction Design,
— Content Design, Editorial and Strategy,
— System Administration and Web Operations,
— User Research,
— Embedding Agile.
Roles to be supplied through the Digital Services framework:
— Developer (Junior, Intermediate and Senior),
— Developer Remote (Junior, Intermediate and Senior),
— Technical Architect (Junior, Intermediate and Senior),
— Quality Assurance Analyst (Junior, Intermediate and Senior),
— Product Manager (Junior, Intermediate and Senior),
— Business Analyst (Junior, Intermediate and Senior),
— Delivery Manager (Junior, Intermediate and Senior),
— Performance Manager (Junior, Intermediate and Senior),
— Portfolio Manager (Senior),
— Service Manager (Senior),
— Designer (Junior, Intermediate and Senior),
— Content Designer (Junior, Intermediate and Senior),
— Web Operations (Junior, Intermediate and Senior),
— Security Specialist (Junior, Intermediate and Senior),
— Database Specialist (Junior, Intermediate and Senior),
— Network Specialist (Junior, Intermediate and Senior),
— Researcher (Junior, Intermediate and Senior),
— Agile Coach (Senior).

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72000000, 72232000, 72260000, 72212000, 72211000, 72240000, 72262000, 72230000, 72200000, 72243000, 72221000, 72223000, 72500000,72244000

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: no

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Digital Services 2.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 40 000 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes
In the case of renewable supplies or service contracts, estimated timeframe for subsequent contracts:
in months: 12 (from the award of the contract)

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 9 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

Participants will not be required to provide a deposit. No guarantees will be required at Framework Agreement level.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

No special legal form is required but if a contract is awarded to a consortium, the Contracting Authority may require the consortium to form a legal entity before entering into the Framework Agreement.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
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: Candidates will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter V11, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to an Invitation to Tender (“ITT”).
This procurement will be managed electronically via the Contracting Authority’s BravoSolution e-Sourcing Suite.
Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender~:
1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once for all tenders on the platform):
— Browse to the eSourcing Portal: Powered by BravoSolution eSourcing Technology
https:/crowncommercialservice.bravosolution.co.uk and click ‘Click here to register!’
— Agree to the portal user agreement,
— Enter your correct business and user details (You will need your DUNS number and Company Registration number),
— Note the username you chose and click ‘Save’ when complete,
— You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure).
2. Express an Interest in the tender:
— Login to the portal with the username/password,
— Click ‘My ITTs’ and then ‘ITTs open to all suppliers’ (These are Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier),
— Click on one of the ‘Digital Services 2′ Capability ITTs to access the content,
— Click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page. — This will move the ITT into your ‘My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only).
Note: You will automatically be enrolled in a separate mandatory questions ITT event when you express interest in any of the Capability ITTs. You can express interest in as many digital services as you wish.
— You can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘ITT Details’ box.
3. Responding to the tender — within the ITT click ‘My Response’ under ‘ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining):
— You can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification — Note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the ITT,
— There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available). You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page.
Note, you must submit the mandatory ITT first before you can submit the capability ITTs. All tender related messages must be submitted via the messaging system found in the specific ITT.
All responses will be sent via this system also. Please note it is your responsibility to access these emails on a regular basis to ensure you have sight of all relevant information.
Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at:

http://ccs.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/i-am-supplier/respond-tender

For technical assistance on use of the e-Sourcing Suite please contact the BravoSolution helpdesk via email:

help@bravosolution.co.uk or request a callback by clicking this option on the esourcing portal.

Responses must be published by the date in IV.3.4.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Candidates will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter V11, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to an ITT.

The ITT can be accessed at: https://crowncommercialservice.bravosolution.co.uk using the instructions detailed in III.2.1.

The Contracting Authority is not conducting financial checks for appointment to the Framework Agreement. Financial checks may be performed by the Contracting Bodies at the time of Call-Off prior to direct award or as part of the process of a further competition.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Candidates will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter V11, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to an ITT.

The ITT can be accessed at: https://crowncommercialservice.bravosolution.co.uk using the instructions detailed in III.2.1.

The Contracting Authority may have regard to either or both of the following means in its assessment:
(a) a description of the technical facilities and measures used by the supplier or service provider for ensuring quality and the undertaking’s digital development facility;
(b) an indication of the proportion of the contract which the services provider intends possibly to subcontract.

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

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

Envisaged number of operators: 999

IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: yes
Additional information about electronic auction: Crown Commercial Service intends to conduct an electronic auction for this procurement. Further details of how the electronic auction features in the Award stage is set out in VI.3 and full information for the benefit of Potential Providers will be included in the ITT documentation.
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

RM1043ii

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

22.1.2015 – 14:00
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

in days: 180 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 22.1.2015 – 14:01

Place:

Electronically, via web-based portal.

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published: Currently approximately every 6 to 9 months.

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

Potential Providers should note that, in accordance with the UK Government’s policies on transparency, Crown Commercial Service intends to publish the Invitation to Tender (ITT) document and the text of any Framework Agreement awarded, subject to possible redactions at the discretion of Crown Commercial Service. The terms of the proposed Framework Agreement will also permit a public sector contracting authority, awarding a contract under this Framework Agreement, to publish the text of that contract, subject to possible redactions at the discretion of the contracting authority. Further information on transparency can be found at:

http://ccs.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/about-government-procurement-service/transparency-and-accountability

The Contracting Authority expressly reserves the right (i) not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and (ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition; and in no circumstances will the Contracting Authority be liable for any costs incurred by the candidates. If the Contracting Authority decides to enter into a Framework Agreement with the successful supplier, this does not mean that there is any guarantee of subsequent contracts being awarded. Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to contract award is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgement of Potential Provider. Any orders placed under this Framework Agreement will form a separate contract under the scope of this Framework between the supplier and the specific requesting other contracting body. The Contracting Authority and other contracting bodies utilising the Framework reserve the right to use any electronic portal during the life of the agreement.
Following the reverse eAuction the lowest priced Tenders will be the top ranked 50 Potential Providers for each Digital Role per Level following the eAuction of the prices submitted. These tenderers will be awarded a place on the framework agreement.
Where the final ranking following eAuction achieved by multiple Potential Providers ranks them in equal 50th position then all Potential Providers ranked in 50th position will be awarded a Framework Agreement (i.e. those ranked 1st — 50th inclusive).

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

None
UNITED KINGDOM

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Centre for Effective Dispute Resolutions
70 Fleet Street
EC4Y 1EU London
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: info@cedr.com
Telephone: +44 2075366000
Internet address: http://www.cedr.com
Fax: +44 2075366001

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: There is no right of appeal in this procurement. If you have a complaint or seek to challenge the outcome, then you are referred to the CCS website: http://ccs.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/i-am-supplier/supplier-guidance-supporting-information/complaints-during-procurement-process

VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

None
UNITED KINGDOM

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

9.12.2014

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