Auto Enrolment – Alternative Pension Scheme

Auto Enrolment – Alternative Pension Scheme

NHSBT employs around 5500 staff the majority of which are members of the NHS Pension Scheme, however, there are some employees who are not entitled to join the NHS Pension Scheme and the organisation is, therefore, seeking to procure an alternative scheme to comply Government legislation on Auto Enrolment.

UK-Watford: Pension services

2013/S 027-042070

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

NHS Blood and Transplant
Oak House, Reeds Crescent, Herts
Contact point(s): https://nhsbt.bravosolution.co.uk
For the attention of: Margaret Kent
WD24 4QN Watford
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1179217235
E-mail: margaret.kent@nhsbt.nhs.uk

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

Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity

Health
Other: Special Health Authority
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Auto Enrolment – Alternative Pension Scheme
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 6: Financial services a) Insurances services b) Banking and investment services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: NHSBT locations in the United Kingdom.
NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

Auto Enrolment – Alternative Pension Scheme.
NHSBT employs around 5500 staff the majority of which are members of the NHS Pension Scheme, however, there are some employees who are not entitled to join the NHS Pension Scheme and the organisation is, therefore, seeking to procure an alternative scheme to comply Government legislation on Auto Enrolment.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

66520000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Auto Enrolment – Alternative Pension Scheme.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 0 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender~: 1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once) – Browse to the eSourcing Portal: https://nhsbt.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register – Accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’ – 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 ITT to access the content. – Click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page. – This will move the ITT into your ‘ 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 ‘ITT Details’ box 3. Responding to the tender – Click ‘My Response’ under ‘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 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.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Suppliers should endeavour to submit in as complete a form as possible as will be used as part of the evaluation process. Items (i) and (ii) are regarded as very important: i) appropriate statements from bankers (if annual reports are not required to be submitted – this is applicable to companies which are not registered), ii) submission of last 3 years annual reports and balance sheet, iii) statement of overall turnover in respect of the goods/ services to be covered by the contract for the 3 previous financial years, iv) the company registration number and registered office address (if applicable), v) details of your organisation’s insurance protection in respect of employers, public/product and professional indemnity and provide a copy of any certificates.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
i) a list of major contracts won, and their value, in the last 3 years, ii) provide details of contracts of a similar nature and their value, iii) a description of the supplier’s technical facilities and measures for ensuring quality control, including reference to any independent certificated audit standard achieved providing copies of those certificates where appropriate, iv) if necessary a check may be made by the contracting Authority, or a competent official body in the supplier’s country of origin acting on their behalf on production capacities and quality control measures.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: yes
Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision: Must be compliant with Pensions Act 2008 ans regulated as per the FSA.
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Accelerated restricted
Justification for the choice of accelerated procedure: NHS Blood and Transplant needs to make provision for an alternative qualifying pension scheme for those employees who are restricted from contributing to the NHS Pension Scheme. Due to restrictions on timescales and the requirement to be up and running by 1.5.2013 the accelerated restricted OJEU process will be used.
The majority of employees have a contractual right to be enrolled into the NHS pension scheme on joining the employer. However, a small number of employees are not eligble to join the NHS Scheme and legislation requires that we provide these employees with an alternative pension scheme.
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged minimum number 5: and maximum number 20
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated below

1. General Information/Business Strength. Weighting 40

2. Implementation Support. Weighting 5

3. Member Support Services. Weighting 20

4. Communication Support Services. Weighting 5

5. Investment Support Services. Weighting 10

6. Administration Support Services. Weighting 10

7. Retirement Support. Weighting 10

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

NHSBT0512/S/SP.
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 15.2.2013 – 12:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

1.3.2013 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

19.2.2013
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information

The Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise.
The Authority reserves the right to award all, part or none of the business.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: This authority (NHSBT – NHS Blood and Transplant) will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point 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 requested from Mrs Shirley Phillips, National Purchasing Manager Estates and Services, NHS Blood and Transplant, North Bristol Park, Park Way, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7QH. If an appeal regarding the award of a contract has not been successfully resolved the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5) 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). 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.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:5.2.2013