Tender for PR Agency Services in North America

Tender for PR Agency Services in North America

To contract a full-service Public Relations agency with specialised expertise in the travel sector.

United Kingdom-Edinburgh: Public relations services

2019/S 096-232101

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

VisitScotland
Ocean Point One, 94 Ocean Drive
Edinburgh
EH6 6JH
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1314722222
E-mail: eileen.o’neill@visitscotland.com
NUTS code: UKM75

I.2)Information about 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.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at: www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

Other activity: Marketing/Tourism

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

PR Agency Services in North America

Reference number: VSEH19015

II.1.2)Main CPV code

79416000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

VisitScotland is looking to contract a full-service Public Relations agency with specialised expertise in the travel sector to deliver a wide portfolio of PR activities in the US and Canada in support of VisitScotland’s global brand strategy. The contract comprises 2 lots (Lot 1: Consumer Focus/Lot 2: Business to Business Focus) and will be for a period of 1 year, beginning August 2019, with the possibility to extend for up to 2 further years at VisitScotland’s discretion.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for maximum number of lots: 2
The contracting authority reserves the right to award contracts combining the following lots or groups of lots:

Lots 1 and 2.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Consumer Focus PR

Lot No: 1

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79416000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: 00
Main site or place of performance:

North America.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

VisitScotland is looking to contract a full-service Public Relations agency with specialised expertise in the travel sector to deliver a wide portfolio of Consumer PR activities in the US and Canada in support of VisitScotland’s global brand strategy.

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

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

Duration in months: 12
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

2 x 12 month renewals.

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Business to Business Focus PR

Lot No: 2

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79416000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: 00
Main site or place of performance:

North America.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

VisitScotland is looking to contract a full-service Public Relations agency with specialised expertise in the travel sector to deliver a wide portfolio of Business to Business PR activities in the US and Canada in support of VisitScotland’s global brand strategy.

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

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

Duration in months: 12
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

2 x 12 month renewals.

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

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
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
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

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing 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: 2
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

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

Date: 24/06/2019
Local time: 12:00
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: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 24/06/2019
Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published:

36 months.

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic ordering will be used
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used

VI.3)Additional information:

Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland website at https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=584014

The buyer has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the Postbox facility. A user guide is available at https://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.

(SC Ref:584014)

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

VisitScotland
Ocean Point One, 94 Ocean Drive
Edinburgh
EH6 6JH
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1314722222Internet address: http://www.visitscotland.org
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

VisitScotland will incorporate a minimum of 10 calendar days standstill period at the point of information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the Contracting Authority before the contract is entered into. Applicants have 2 working days from the notification of the award decision to request additional debriefing and that information has to be provided a minimum of 3 working days before the expiry of the standstill period. Such additional information should be required from Eileen O’Neill as determined at Point I.1) of this notice. If an appeal regarding the award of contract has not been successfully resolved The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rule to take action in the Sheriff Court or Court of Session. Any such action must be brought promptly (generally within 3 months). Where a contract has not been entered into the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the Court may only award damages. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow parties to apply to the Courts to set aside award decision before the contract is entered into.

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

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

15/05/2019

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