Procurement of Next Generation Access Broadband Infrastructure

Procurement of Next Generation Access Broadband Infrastructure

The contracts for each Lot are gap funded interventions to deliver access to Next Generation Access Broadband Infrastructure (capable of delivering speeds of at least 30 Mbps.

United Kingdom-Edinburgh: Telecommunications services

2017/S 243-506680

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Scottish Government
Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive
Edinburgh
EH11 3XD
United Kingdom
Contact person: Julie Gordon
E-mail: r100@gov.scot
NUTS code: UKMInternet address(es):Main address: http://www.scotland.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA10482

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: https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

R100 — Procurement of NGA Infrastructure.

Reference number: CASE/327982

II.1.2)Main CPV code

64200000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The contracts for each Lot are gap funded interventions to deliver access to Next Generation Access Broadband Infrastructure (capable of delivering speeds of at least 30 Mbps “NGA”) to as many premises in Scotland as possible by the end of 2021. They build on the deployment of NGA Broadband Infrastructure that has been, and will be, realised through the 2 Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programmes (Highlands and Island and the Rest of Scotland), together with commercial deployment. Following these deployments there are around 178 948 premises eligible for intervention (“white premises”) which are in scope across these contacts. We have split these white premises into 3 geographical.

Lots:

— Lot 1: the North lot,

— Lot 2: the Central lot,

— Lot 3: the South lot.

The split of white premises between these Lots and other additional information about the requirement can be found at II.2 and VI.3.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 600 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all lots
The contracting authority reserves the right to award contracts combining the following lots or groups of lots:

There is no provision for a “superlot” i.e. bidding for an aggregation of all 3 Lots on different terms than the sum of the parts. However in the interests of efficiency, if a Bidder is awarded a contract for more than 1 Lot, Scottish Government reserves the right to combine those applicable Lots into one contract.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

R100 Procurement of NGA Infrastructure — North

Lot No: 1

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

32412100
32000000
45232300

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM
NUTS code: UKM5
NUTS code: UKM6
NUTS code: UKM50
NUTS code: UKM61
NUTS code: UKM62
NUTS code: UKM63
NUTS code: UKM64
NUTS code: UKM65
NUTS code: UKM66
NUTS code: UKM7
NUTS code: UKM71
NUTS code: UKM77

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

This contract is a gap funded intervention to deliver access to NGA Broadband Infrastructure to as many premises in the relevant geographical area of Scotland (the “North Area”) as possible by the end of 2021. The North Area is broadly the Highlands and Islands, Angus, Aberdeen and Dundee (more particularly described and shown coloured green on the plan forming Annex 1 of the Initial Descriptive Document) and comprises approximately 99 288 White Premises.

The invitation to participate in dialogue will contain a minimum requirement that some white premises must be served at gigabit speed by the bidder’s solution in each of a short list of named locations or areas in the more remote parts of the north lot. This will likely be expressed as a requirement that at least a specified percentage of white premises within an area (e.g. a postcode) are served as part of the Bidder’s solution. It is expected that the list of required areas will contain between 5 and 10 places.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 384 000 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 120
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Maximum number: 4
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

Owing to character limitations not all criteria and info relating to this procurement can be included in this notice. The objective and non-discriminatory criteria are set out in full in the document entitled “ESPD Instructions” which can be accessed through the website referenced in Section I.3. The ESPD selection process will be carried out in 3 stages.

Stage 1: Exclusion Grounds (Mandatory and Discretionary).

During this first stage of the selection, the selection team will determine on a pass/fail basis whether:

— the Bidder has submitted a complete and compliant ESPD Response, and

— any of the Lead Bidder, Consortium Members and/or Reliance Entities (if any) are in breach of the mandatory grounds for exclusion or, in the case of the discretionary exclusion grounds, are considered ineligible at the discretion of the Scottish Ministers, in accordance with Part III of the ESPD and Regulation 58 of the Regulations.

Stage 2: Selection Criteria — Minimum Requirements.

During this second stage of the selection, the selection team will determine on a pass/fail basis whether the Bidder:

— meets the requisite economic and financial standing selection criteria deemed appropriate for the project set out in Section 3 of the document entitled “ESPD Instructions”, and

— meets the technical and professional ability selection criteria set out in section 3 of the document entitled “ESPD Instructions”.

Stage 3: Down Selection.

Bidders who pass all the Stage 1: Exclusion Grounds and meet the Stage Two: Selection Criteria — Minimum Requirements will then have their ESPD Response scored in accordance with the Down Selection Criteria. The Down Selection Criteria are set out in Section 3 of the document entitled “ESPD Instructions”. The Down Selection Criteria will be applied to all Bidders that pass Stage 1 and Stage 2 to reduce the number of Bidders that are invited to participate in dialogue using Part V (Reduction of the number of qualified candidates) of the ESPD. For the avoidance of doubt there is no need for bidders to provide any additional information for Question 5.1 to enable down-selection. It is the Scottish Ministers’ intention that the 4 Bidders achieving the highest scores will be invited to participate in dialogue. In the event of a tie for fourth shortlisted place, the Bidder with the highest score for Case Study 1 (Next Generation Access) out of the Bidders in the tie, will be invited to Dialogue.

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

Economic operators may be excluded from this competition if they are in any of the situations referred to in Regulation 58 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015. It is a condition of participation in the dialogue process that Bidders sign the “Code of Conduct” or provide a statement as described at point 1.3 in document entitled “ESPD Instructions”.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

R100 Procurement of NGA Infrastructure — Central

Lot No: 2

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

32412100
32000000
45232300

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM
NUTS code: UKM7
NUTS code: UKM8
NUTS code: UKM72
NUTS code: UKM73
NUTS code: UKM91
NUTS code: UKM75
NUTS code: UKM76
NUTS code: UKM77
NUTS code: UKM78
NUTS code: UKM81
NUTS code: UKM93
NUTS code: UKM82
NUTS code: UKM83
NUTS code: UKM84
NUTS code: UKM95
NUTS code: UKM94

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

This contract is a gap funded intervention to deliver access to NGA Broadband Infrastructure (capable of delivering speeds of at least 30 Mbps) to as many premises in the relevant geographical area of Scotland (the “Central Area”) as possible by the end of 2021. The Central Area is broadly central Scotland and Fife (more particularly described and shown coloured amber on the plan forming Annex 1 of the Initial Descriptive Document) and comprises approximately 53 570 White Premises.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 83 000 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 120
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Maximum number: 4
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

Owing to character limitations not all criteria and info relating to this procurement can be included in this notice. The Objective and Non-Discriminatory Criteria are set out in full in the document entitled “ESPD Instructions” which can be accessed through the website referenced in Section I.3. The ESPD selection process will be carried out in 3 stages.

Stage 1: Exclusion Grounds (Mandatory and Discretionary).

During this first stage of the selection, the selection team will determine on a pass/fail basis whether:

— the Bidder has submitted a complete and compliant ESPD Response, and

— any of the Lead Bidder, Consortium Members and/or Reliance Entities (if any) are in breach of the mandatory grounds for exclusion or, in the case of the discretionary exclusion grounds, are considered ineligible at the discretion of the Scottish Ministers, in accordance with Part III of the ESPD and Regulation 58 of the Regulations.

Stage 2: Selection Criteria — Minimum Requirements.

During this second stage of the selection, the selection team will determine on a pass/fail basis whether the Bidder:

— meets the requisite economic and financial standing selection criteria deemed appropriate for the project set out in Section 3 of the document entitled “ESPD Instructions”, and

— meets the technical and professional ability selection criteria set out in Section 3 of the document entitled “ESPD Instructions”.

Stage 3: Down Selection.

Bidders who pass all the Stage 1: Exclusion Grounds and meet the Stage 2: Selection Criteria — Minimum Requirements will then have their ESPD Response scored in accordance with the Down Selection Criteria. The Down Selection Criteria are set out in Section 3 of the document entitled “ESPD Instructions”. The Down Selection Criteria will be applied to all Bidders that pass Stage 1 and Stage 2 to reduce the number of Bidders that are invited to participate in Dialogue using Part V (Reduction of the number of qualified candidates) of the ESPD. For the avoidance of doubt there is no need for bidders to provide any additional information for Question 5.1 to enable down-selection. It is the Scottish Ministers’ intention that the 4 Bidders achieving the highest scores will be invited to participate in Dialogue. In the event of a tie for fourth shortlisted place, the Bidder with the highest score for Case Study 1 (Next Generation Access) out of the Bidders in the tie, will be invited to Dialogue.

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

Economic operators may be excluded from this competition if they are in any of the situations referred to in Regulation 58 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015. It is a condition of participation in the dialogue process that Bidders sign the Code of Conduct or provide a statement as described at point 1.3 in document entitled ESPD Instructions.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

R100 Procurement of NGA Infrastructure — South

Lot No: 3

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

32412100
32000000
45232300

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM
NUTS code: UKM9
NUTS code: UKM7
NUTS code: UKM73
NUTS code: UKM91
NUTS code: UKM92
NUTS code: UKM93
NUTS code: UKM94
NUTS code: UKM95

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

This contract is a gap funded intervention to deliver access to NGA Broadband Infrastructure (capable of delivering speeds of at least 30 Mbps) to as many premises in the relevant geographical area of Scotland (the “South Area”) as possible by the end of 2021. The South Area is broadly the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway (more particularly described and shown coloured purple on the plan forming Annex 1 of the Initial Descriptive Document) and comprises approximately 26 090 White Premises.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 133 000 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 120
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Maximum number: 4
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

Owing to character limitations not all criteria and info relating to this procurement can be included in this notice. The Objective and Non-Discriminatory Criteria are set out in full in the document entitled “ESPD Instructions” which can be accessed through the website referenced in Section I.3. The ESPD selection process will be carried out in 3 stages.

Stage 1: Exclusion Grounds (Mandatory and Discretionary).

During this first stage of the selection, the selection team will determine on a pass/fail basis whether:

— the Bidder has submitted a complete and compliant ESPD Response, and

— any of the Lead Bidder, Consortium Members and/or Reliance Entities (if any) are in breach of the mandatory grounds for exclusion or, in the case of the discretionary exclusion grounds, are considered ineligible at the discretion of the Scottish Ministers, in accordance with Part III of the ESPD and Regulation 58 of the Regulations.

Stage 2: Selection Criteria — Minimum Requirements.

During this second stage of the selection, the selection team will determine on a pass/fail basis whether the Bidder:

— meets the requisite economic and financial standing selection criteria deemed appropriate for the project set out in Section 3 of the document entitled “ESPD Instructions”, and

— meets the technical and professional ability selection criteria set out in Section 3 of the document entitled “ESPD Instructions”.

Stage 3: Down Selection.

Bidders who pass all the Stage 1: Exclusion Grounds and meet the Stage 2: Selection Criteria — Minimum Requirements will then have their ESPD Response scored in accordance with the Down Selection Criteria. The Down Selection Criteria are set out in Section 3 of the document entitled “ESPD Instructions”. The Down Selection Criteria will be applied to all Bidders that pass Stage 1 and Stage 2 to reduce the number of Bidders that are invited to participate in Dialogue using Part V (Reduction of the number of qualified candidates) of the ESPD. For the avoidance of doubt there is no need for bidders to provide any additional information for question 5.1 to enable down-selection. It is the Scottish Ministers’ intention that the 4 Bidders achieving the highest scores will be invited to participate in Dialogue. In the event of a tie for fourth shortlisted place, the Bidder with the highest score for Case Study 1 (Next Generation Access) out of the Bidders in the tie, will be invited to Dialogue.

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

Economic operators may be excluded from this competition if they are in any of the situations referred to in Regulation 58 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015. It is a condition of participation in the dialogue process that Bidders sign the Code of Conduct or provide a statement as described at point 1.3 in document entitled ESPD Instructions.

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:

Section A: Suitability in Part IV of ESPD not used.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

List and brief description of selection criteria:

This section refers to the questions in Section B (Economic and Financial Standing), Part IV of the ESPD Scotland. Full details of the selection criteria can be found in Section 3 of the document entitled ESPD Instructions which can be accessed through the website referenced in Section I.3 of this notice. Bidders should particularly note the instructions set out in Sections 2.5 and 2.7 of the ESPD Instructions. As stated in Section 2.7 of the ESPD Instructions, in respect of a Consortium, each and every Consortium Member must meet the minimum economic and financial standing selection criteria in its own right or through its reliance on a Reliance Entity in order for the Consortium to achieve a pass. For the avoidance of doubt, if a Consortium consists of multiple entities of which one or all of those entities individually fail to meet the minimum criteria, their combination will not be deemed to have sufficient financial and economic standing in combination to pass. If a Consortium fails on this point, it will not be taken forward to the Shortlist stage.

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

4B1.1:

Lot 1: Bidders, Consortium Members, or Reliance Entities (where applicable) will be required to have a minimum “average” yearly turnover of GBP 3 200 000 for the last 3 years. This must be calculated as a weighted average on yearly turnover. To be applied as:

— most recent 60 %,

— second most recent 30 %, and

— third most recent 10 %.

Lot 2: Bidders, Consortium Members, or Reliance Entities (where applicable) will be required to have a minimum “average” yearly turnover of GBP 1 500 000 for the last 3 years. This must be calculated as a weighted average on yearly turnover. To be applied as:

— most recent 60 %,

— second most recent 30 %, and

— third most recent 10 %.

Lot 3: Bidders, Consortium Members, or Reliance Entities (where applicable) will be required to have a minimum “average” yearly turnover of GBP 800 000 for the last 3 years. This must be calculated as a weighted average on yearly turnover. To be applied as:

— most recent 60 %,

— second most recent 30 %, and

— third most recent 10 %.

4B1.3: Where available, Bidders should provide links to an electronic copy of the relevant audited financial statements or other such documentation the Bidder is offering as means of proof.

4B.3: Where turnover information is not available for the time period requested, the Bidder will be required to state the date which they were set up or started trading.

4B.4: Lots 1, 2 and 3 — Bidders will be required to state the value for the following financial ratio:

Current Ratio.

Bidders, Consortium Members, or Reliance Entities (where applicable) are required to have a current ratio in excess of 0.5 in each of the last 3 financial years. The ratio will be calculated as follows:

The current ratio is the ratio of current assets to current liabilities and may be calculated by dividing the Current Assets by Current Liabilities.

Current assets include items such as cash and cash equivalents, inventory, amounts receivable (or debtors) and other items classified as current assets in the Bidder’s audited (if applicable) financial statements.

Current liabilities include items such as short term debt, amounts payable (creditors), other short term liabilities and any other items classified as current liabilities in the Bidder’s audited (if applicable) financial statements.

4B4.1: Where available, Bidders, Consortium Members, or Reliance Entities (where applicable) should provide links to an electronic copy of the relevant audited financial statements or other such

documentation the Bidder is offering as means of proof.

4B.5.1 and 4B5.2: It is a requirement of this contract that bidders hold, or can commit to obtain prior to the commence of any subsequently

Awarded contract, the types and levels of insurance indicated below:

— Employer’s (Compulsory) Liability Insurance = GBP 5 000 000 — see below.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/hse40.pdf

— Public Liability Insurance = GBP 10 000 000.

— Professional Indemnity Insurance = GBP 5 000 000.

— Product Liability Insurance = GBP 5 000 000.

4B.6 There are no material post balance sheet events or significant business issues disclosed under 4B.6 giving rise to material concerns that the Bidder or any Consortium Member or any Reliance Entity possesses the necessary economic and financial capacity to perform the contract. Bidders are to complete and return the table provided in Section 2.7 of the ESPD Instructions as part of their response to Question 4B.6.

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

List and brief description of selection criteria:

This section refers to the questions in Section C (Technical and Professional Ability), and Section D (Quality Assurance Schemes and Environmental Management Standards) Part IV of the ESPD Scotland.

Where the Bidder relies on the experience of a Consortium Member or Reliance Entity to meet the Selection Criteria and/or Down Selection Criteria requirements, the experience relied on must be consistent with the Consortium Members or Reliance Entity’s role under this project.

Section E — Question 4 — Global question for all selection criteria — Not Applicable.

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

Due to character limitations, full details of the information required and selection criteria can be found in the ESPD instructions which can be accessed through the website referenced in Section I.3 of this notice.

Section C (Technical and Professional Ability).

4C.1 to 4C1.1: Not applicable

4C1.2: Bidders will be required to provide 3 Case Studies that demonstrate that they have the relevant experience to deliver the services/supplies as described in Part II.2.4 of the OJEU Contract Notice or the relevant section of the Initial Descriptive Document (IDD). Full details of the information required to be included in the Case Studies together with the minimum criteria for selection can be found in are set out in full in the corresponding ESPD question reference row (4C1.2) of the table in Section 3 — ESPD Selection Criteria in the document entitled ESPD Instructions which can be accessed through the website referenced in Section I.3.

4C.2: Not Applicable

4C2.1: Not Applicable

4C.3: Not Applicable

4C.4: Not Applicable

4C.5: Not Applicable

4C.6: Not Applicable

4C6.1: Not Applicable

4C.7: Not Applicable

4C8.1: Not Applicable

4C8.2: Not Applicable

4C.9: Not Applicable

4C.10: Not Applicable

4C.11 to 4C12.2: Not Applicable

Section D (Quality Assurance Schemes and Environmental Management Standards.

4D.1 and 4D1.1: Bidders to confirm that they either hold the relevant certificates or have the relevant policies in place as described in the corresponding ESPD question reference rows 4D.1 and 4D1.1 of the table in Section 3 — ESPD Selection Criteria in the document entitled ESPD Instructions which can be accessed through the website referenced in Section I.3.

4D.2 Bidders to confirm that they either hold the relevant certificates or provide other means of proof as described in the corresponding ESPD question reference rows 4D.2 and 4D2.1 of the table in Section 3 — ESPD Selection Criteria in the document entitled ESPD Instructions which can be accessed through the website referenced in Section I.3.

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:

Consortia/Bidder structures — please see Paragraph 2.4 of the document entitled “ESPD Instructions”, which can be found at the website noted in Section I.3 of this notice.

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

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

IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated
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: 2016/S 174-312399

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

Date: 18/01/2018
Local time: 12:00

IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

Date: 15/02/2018

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: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic invoicing will be accepted

VI.3)Additional information:

The document entitled “ESPD Instructions” (which can be accessed through the website referenced in Section I.3) explains at Section 2.5 which parts of the ESPD needs to be completed by the Lead Bidder, Consortium Members and Reliance Entities. The contract will remain in force for approximately 10 years comprising a build period of approximately 3 years, followed by a services period of 7 years. It is the intention that the build period will be completed by the end of 2021. The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring information security and cyber resilience across their supply chains. As such there will be a requirement for the successful Supplier/(s) to maintain a commitment to information security and cyber resilience including, but not limited to, obtaining appropriate cyber security accreditation and certification to ISO27001 or equivalent standard relevant to the delivery of the Contracts. It is also envisaged that Code Powers will be a contractual requirement.

The award criteria will be stated in the Invitation to Participate in Dialogue procurement document. The criteria and weightings selected will fall within pre-set ranges defined in the National Broadband Scheme for the UK for 2016-2020 which can be found at Annex 2 of the document entitled Initial Descriptive Document (IDD). Scottish Government reserves the right to down-select at the Invitation to Submit a Detailed Solution (ISDS) stage by applying the award criteria but are under no obligation to do this. In the interests of improving visibility of opportunities, Scottish Government are keen to include a list of companies that have expressed an interest in participating in the wider supply chain to shortlisted bidders at Invitation to Dialogue stage. If you would like your details to be included please email r100@gov.scot with your details.

Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=503952

The buyer has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the Postbox facility. A user guide is available at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/sitehelp/help_guides.aspx

Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems.

A subcontract clause has been included in this contract. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2363

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 “Sustainable Procurement Duty”, Section 9 of Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, exemplifies the Scottish Model of Procurement, and places sustainable and socially responsible purchasing at the heart of the process. As such, Scottish Government are committed to pursuing through this procurement:

— The targeted recruitment and training of the long-term unemployed and those further from the job market (by way of apprenticeships, work placements etc.),

— Educational benefits to communities, including working closely with educational establishments and community groups to maximise educational opportunities that arise through performance of the agreement, increasing awareness, skills and digital accessibility,

— Awareness of opportunities, either in a prime or subcontracting role, for small to medium sized businesses (SME) and social enterprises.

Accordingly, the contracts will include obligations in relation to social, economic and environmental considerations and other community benefits.

(SC Ref:503952).

Download the ESPD document here: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/ESPD/ESPD_Download.aspx?id=503952.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Scottish Government
Victoria Quay, Leith
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ
United KingdomInternet address:http://www.scotland.gov.uk
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

15/12/2017

 

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