Economist Consultancy Panel for Royal Mail Group

Economist Consultancy Panel for Royal Mail Group

1. Demand side economic modelling and forecasting. 2. Regulatory economics. 3. Competition economics.
4. Economic model validation. 5. Academic economics research.

UK-London: Business services: law, marketing, consulting, recruitment, printing and security

2013/S 014-019699

Contract notice – utilities

Services

Directive 2004/17/EC

Section I: Contracting entity

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

Royal Mail Economist Framework Panel
35-50 Rathbone Place
For the attention of: Adela Berrazueta
W1T 1HQ London
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: adela.berrazueta@royalmail.com

Internet address(es):

Electronic access to information: http://https://rmg.frictionless.com/fsguestvendor/vendordesktop/register?ui=ui4

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

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for 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)Main activity
Postal services
I.3)Contract award on behalf of other contracting entities
The contracting entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting entities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting entity:
RMG Economist Consultancy Panel
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
NUTS code
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: 20
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 4 000 000 and 8 000 000 GBP
Frequency and value of the contracts to be awarded: The frequency and value of the contracts to be awarded is unknown. The total estimated potential spend of £8 million reflects the potential spend in the event that the framework is fully extended to the maximum 48 months duration.

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s):
RMG wishes to establish a 5 lot framework panel of suppliers to provide specialised Economist Consultancy for a range of issues within the Regulatory area. The initial contract period is 24 months, RMG reserves the right to extend the contract up to 48 months in total. This will be a multiple lot panel. Specific Panels are as follows:
1. Demand side economic modelling and forecasting
2. Regulatory economics
3. Competition economics
4. Economic model validation
5. Academic economics research
Call off contracts will typically be awarded on the basis of a further competition; however the Authority reserves the right to award a call off contract without reopening competition where the Authority, in its sole discretion, considers it advantageous to do so. The Authority further reserves the right to procure any Economist Consultancy services outside the framework.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79000000, 79311400, 79311410

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.1.8)Information about 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: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
A total estimated spend is given below. The higher estimated value includes the potential spend in the event the framework is fully extended to the maximum 48 months.
Estimated value excluding VAT
Range: between 4 000 000 and 8 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of these options: RMG reserves the right to extend the contract at its discretion after the initial 24 month period, by a further 12 months, and after the end of this extension by a further 12 months, with a total potential term of 48 months (24 months + 12 months +12 months).
Provisional timetable for recourse to these options:
in months: 24 (from the award of the contract)
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: no
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: 1. Demand side economic modelling and forecasting

1)Short description:
Postal demand survey-based research and econometrics/statistical modelling techniques for survey data
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79000000, 79311400, 79311410

3)Quantity or scope:
Please note that the scope provided in II.2.1 is across all lots and an individual breakdown per lot is not currently available.
Lot No: 2 Lot title: 2. Regulatory economics
1)Short description:
Economic support on regulatory economics, including cost efficiency review, end to end (direct delivery) advice and financial benchmarking analysis
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79000000, 79311400, 79311410

3)Quantity or scope:
Please note that the scope provided in II.2.1 is across all lots and an individual breakdown per lot is not currently available.
Lot No: 3 Lot title: 3. Competition economics
1)Short description:
Activities will include market studies, support for the business on competition investigations and advice on pricing strategies from a competition economics perspective
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79000000, 79311400, 79311410

3)Quantity or scope:
Please note that the scope provided in II.2.1 is across all lots and an individual breakdown per lot is not currently available.
Lot No: 4 Lot title: Economic model validation
1)Short description:
Audit of RMG economic models from a technical and/or methodological perspective
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79000000, 79311400, 79311410

3)Quantity or scope:
Please note that the scope provided in II.2.1 is across all lots and an individual breakdown per lot is not currently available.
Lot No: 5 Lot title: Academic economics research
1)Short description:
A team of internationally reputable academic economists and econometricians to support the business in ground-breaking research topics in the postal sector
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79000000, 79311400, 79311410

3)Quantity or scope:
Please note that the scope provided in II.2.1 is across all lots and an individual breakdown per lot is not currently available.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
A performance bond or parent company guarantee or other form of security may be required depending upon the organisation’s financial stability as set out in the contract documents.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
To be detailed in the contract documentation.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
Requests to participate will be accepted from groupings of economic operators (consortia). In the event of a successful consortium bid, the contracting authorify may specify that the consortium takes a particular legal form and or require that each member undertakes joint and several liability irrespective of the legal form adopted. Where a subsidiary company is used, the ultimate parent company may be required to provide a guarantee in respect of performance of the contract by the subsidiary before attendance.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions:
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: The contract will be subject to RMG’s terms and conditions, which will be issued with the ITN.
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: All respondents to this notice will be required to complete a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) located on the Royal Mail SAP e-sourcing portal. Details of how to access this PQQ are available from the electronic access to information address in 1.1 above. The PQQ must be completed on line by 12:00 P.M. on 22nd February 2013. It is important that applicants express an interest promptly in order to give sufficient time for them to be registered and complete the PQQ before closing date.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Please refer to PQQ
III.2.3)Technical capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Please refer to PQQ
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
Negotiated
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications or in the invitation to tender or to negotiate
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: yes
Additional information about electronic auction: RMG reserves the right to use electronic auctions when running further competitions where RMG at its sole discretion deems it necessary or appropriate to do so.
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting entity:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents
Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: ..
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
15.2.2013 – 17:00
IV.3.5)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
English.
IV.3.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

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:
Please promptly access the link in I.1 (electronic access to information) and register. Within 2 working days of following the link and registering you will be emailed your logon details to access e-sourcing and that will shortly be followed by a second automatic email inviting you to participate in the on-line PQQ event. Requests to participate must be made by supplying all the information that is set out in the PQQ. This information must be supplied by the date and time specified in III.2.1. The Utility may require suppliers to clarify the information submitted and may also undertake its own audit of the supplier to verify the information provided. Tenders and all supporting information for the contract must be priced in sterling and written in English. Any agreement entered into will be considered a contract made in England according to English law and will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts. Royal Mail Group is not liable for any costs incurred by those expressing an interest in tendering for this contract opportunity. Royal Mail Group reserves the right to terminate the procurement process (or part of it), to change the basis and the procedures for the procurement process any time, or to procure the contract by alternative means. The most economically advantageous or any tender will not automatically be accepted. The original contract length will be 24 months (Section II.1.4 refers), however RMG reserves the right to extend the duration up to a total of 48 months (Section II.3 refers). RMG reserves the right to procure specific assignments outside this framework panel.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

See 1.1 above

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Please refer to Part 9 of the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 as amended.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:16.1.2013

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