General Advice Services Tender
Mid and East Antrim General Advice Services for 1.4.2015 — 31.3.2017 with possible 2 x 12 month extensions.
United Kingdom-Ballymena: Guidance services
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)
Ballymena Borough Council
Ardeevin, 80 Galmorgan Road
For the attention of: Faulkner Sam
BT42 1AB Ballymena
Telephone: +44 25660393
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
Section II: Object of the contract
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 27: Other services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus — Northern Ireland.
NUTS code UK,UKN0
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
Mid and East Antrim District Council wishes to tender the provision of General Advice Services similar to the proposals outlined by DSD’s ‘Opening Doors’ Strategy. The new strategy ‘Advising, Supporting, empowering — A strategy for the delivery of generalist advice services in Northern Ireland 2015-2020’ is currently under consultation, any additional objectives from this new strategy must be met.
The service provider must provide a general advice service to the public in accordance with the aims, principles and policies of a recognised advice providing body and adhere to a membership scheme or code of practice. This service must be independent, be impartial and offer a free service to all. Good customer service will be paramount.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
85312310, 75200000, 79140000
II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.2.3)Information about renewals
Number of possible renewals: 002
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
Section VI: Complementary information
Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender: 1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once): https://e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register — Accept the terms and conditions and click ‘I agree’ — Enter your correct business and user details — 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 the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier) — Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content. — Click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page. — This will move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only) — You can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box 3. Responding to the tender — Click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ 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 PQQ/ 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. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5)/ Utilities Contracts Regulations (SI 2005 No 6) (delete as appropriate) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: