NHS Scotland VAT Advisory Services Framework

NHS Scotland VAT Advisory Services Framework

VAT consultancy and support services, including staff training, from appropriately accredited and experienced suppliers.

United Kingdom-Edinburgh: Financial consultancy services

2018/S 049-108431

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

The Common Services Agency (more commonly known as NHS National Services Scotland) (“NSS”)
Gyle Square (NSS Head Office), 1 South Gyle Crescent
Edinburgh
EH12 9EB
United Kingdom
Contact person: Rebecca Cruickshanks
Telephone: +44 1312756840
E-mail: rcruickshanks@nhs.net
NUTS code: UKM

I.2)Joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: www.publictenderscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: www.publictenderscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

Health

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

VAT Advisory services

Reference number: NP828/18

II.1.2)Main CPV code

66171000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

VAT Advisory Services.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 2 400 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

66170000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM
Main site or place of performance:

NHS Scotland.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Provision of VAT consultancy and support services, including staff training, from appropriately accredited and experienced suppliers, ensuring compliance with HMRC regulations whilst maintaining accuracy and minimising risks arising from the HMRC fines and penalties regime.

The Framework Agreement may be used by all mainland and island NHS Scotland Health Boards and Special Boards (including the Common Services Agency) and by all entities constituted pursuant to the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978 (i.e. all NHS Scotland Health Boards, Special Health Boards and the Authority or other NHS organisations established pursuant to the NHS (Scotland) Act 1978) and any Integrated Joint Boards established pursuant to the new Public Bodies (Joint Working) Scotland Act 2014. All Scottish Hospices.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Service / Weighting: 50
Price – Weighting: 50

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 2 400 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

II.2.14)Additional information

Total value shown is for duration of the framework and based on last 12 months of supplier spend data. Based on historic data the estimated annual value of this requirement is 600 000 GBP. The framework period will be 4 years.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation

III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

List and brief description of conditions:

Economic operators may be excluded from this competition if they are in breach of any of the situations referred to in regulation 58 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015. In addition please see contract / tender documents.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

List and brief description of selection criteria:

See contract / tender documentation which incorporates requirements of the ESPD (Scotland) and the financial period for reporting in the previous 3 years.

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

A minimum level of GBP 400k turnover in each of the last 3 years and related to the relevant activities must be evidenced via the provided accounts.

Advisors must provide evidence of professional accreditation/registration and demonstrate significant professional experience of providing VAT services in the UK. For example, the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and/or Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT).

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

List and brief description of selection criteria:

See contract/tender documentation which incorporates requirements of the ESPD (Scotland).

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

A number of the technical performance requirements are mandatory – these are detailed in the contract/tender documentation.

III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement: 3
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2018/S 028-060961

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 20/04/2018
Local time: 10:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

English

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 20/04/2018
Local time: 10:00
Place:

NSS premises, South Gyle

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used

VI.3)Additional information:

Framework value of 2,400,000 GBP reflects the anticipated value of VAT Advisory Services over the 4 year framework duration based on past spend but no guarantees are given to either volume or value of spend as this will be subject to the call offs from the framework.

The Authority intends that 3 Framework Participants will be awarded to the Framework Agreement (‘Framework Participant’) (subject to submission of admissible Tenders as determined in accordance with the provisions of the ITT). The Framework Agreement is to be available to all entities constituted pursuant to the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978, (i.e. all NHS Scotland Health Boards, Special Health Boards and the Authority or other NHS organisations).

The buyer is using PCS-Tender to conduct this ITT exercise. The Project code is NP828/18. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2343

Community benefits are included in this requirement. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2361

A summary of the expected community benefits has been provided as follows:

The Statement of Requirements will detail the Community Benefit background and objectives. The contract will mandate that suppliers respond in its tender outlining current Community Benefits and proposals if successful and mandating that they support the overall Community Benefit concept and process including a contract and supplier management process post award.

(SC Ref:533269).

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

The Common Services Agency (more commonly known as NHS National Services Scotland) (“NSS”)
Gyle Square (NSS Head Office), 1 South Gyle Crescent
Edinburgh
EH12 9EB
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1312756840
E-mail: rcruickshanks@nhs.netInternet address:http://www.nhsscotlandprocurement.scot.nhs.uk/
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

The Authority will notify economic operators who submitted a tender or (where no deselection process has previously been made) applied to be selected to tender, of its decision to award the Framework Agreement which notification will contain, among other information, a summary of the reasons as to why the economic operator was unsuccessful. The notification will incorporate a ‘standstill period’ of a minimum of 10 (ten) clear calendar days (or a minimum of 15 (fifteen) if the communication method used is not electronic) between the date on which the Authority dispatches the notice(s) and the date on which the Authority proposes to conclude the relevant Framework Agreement. The bringing of court proceedings against the Authority during the standstill period will automatically continue the prohibition on entering into the Framework Agreement until the court proceedings are determined, discontinued or disposed of, or the court, by interim order, brings to an end the prohibition. The remedies that may be awarded by the courts before the Framework Agreement has been entered into include the setting aside of the decision to award the Framework Agreement to the winning tenderer(s). The bringing of court proceedings against the Authority after the Framework Agreement has been entered into will not affect the Framework Agreement unless grounds for the imposition of special penalties under the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 can be established. Otherwise the remedies that may be awarded by the courts where the Framework Agreement has been entered into are limited to the award of damages.

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

NHS Scotland National Procurement
Gyle Square (NSS Head Office), 1 South Gyle Crescent
Edinburgh
EH12 9EB
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1312756840
E-mail: rcruickshanks@nhs.netInternet address:https://www.publictendersscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/web/login.html

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

09/03/2018

 

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