Supply of Financial Benchmarking Services

Supply of Financial Benchmarking Services

Supply of financial benchmarking and associated consultancy Services.

United Kingdom-Newcastle upon Tyne: Business and management consultancy services

2017/S 231-481785

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Newcastle University
King’s Gate
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom
Contact person:
Telephone: +44 1912087472
Fax: +44 1912088845
NUTS code: UKC22Internet address(es):Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.2)Joint procurement


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

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


(NU/1335) The Supply of Financial Benchmarking and Associated Consultancy Services.

Reference number: NU/1335

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The requirements for this tender cover the benchmarking of performance in respect of the delivery of the full range of core services provided to support the academic activity of the universities. We seek to identify and analyse the total cost of operating for each area of our activities, not simply the costs that arise in central divisions of professional services within each University. A provider is sought to continue to support the benchmarking group which will provide real value to its members. This will include gathering data from the participating universities, analysing it, presenting the findings and assisting in the interpretation and use of the outputs. The analysis should cover pay and non-pay costs including the outsourcing of services.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 10 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all lots


(NU/1335) The Supply of Financial Benchmarking and Associated Consultancy Services

Lot No: Russel Group Universities

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)


II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

The services will take place with universities across the United Kingdom.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Benchmarking collections will take place as and when required by member universities.

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: 10 000 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 72
This contract is subject to renewal: no

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

Envisaged number of candidates: 3
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

Candidates to be selected on the basis of their response to the tender requirements as detailed in the Prequalification Questionnaire.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: yes

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

An option to extend the contract by 2 additional years at the discretion of The Consortium members.

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

This framework agreement is available for use by all UK universities as identified at

Lot 1 is for members of the Russell Group of Universities only as identified at and

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

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
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.1.1)Type of procedure

Competitive dialogue

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 a single operator
In the case of framework agreements, provide justification for any duration exceeding 4 years: The requirement is to undertake benchmarking on a periodic basis. A contract in excess of 4 years is required to enable the contractor to build up a history of benchmarking data to allow meaningful comparison across universities and benchmarking years.

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

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

Date: 05/01/2018
Local time: 12:00

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

Date: 19/01/2018

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


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

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 University intends to use its Due North e-tendering portal, Pro Contract, to conduct this tendering exercise.

All information regarding this opportunity can be found on the portal. Details on how to register an interest, access the information and submit a proposal can be found at:

The following link will take you to the supplier page of the Pro Contract system:

Please note that first time suppliers to the University will need to register on the system before they are able to access this opportunity.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

See VI.4.3
See VI.4.3
United Kingdom
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:



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