Bailiff Services Tender for Bedford Borough Council

Bailiff Services Tender for Bedford Borough Council

Provision of enforcement agent services.

United Kingdom-Bedford: Bailiff services

2014/S 225-397848

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Bedford Borough Council
Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street
For the attention of: Commercial Hub
MK42 9AP Bedford
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1234276160
E-mail: commercial.hub@bedford.gov.uk
Fax: +44 1234276160

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: https://www.proactisplaza.com/

Address of the buyer profile: https://www.proactisplaza.com/supplierportal/

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)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.3)Main activity

General public services

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Luton Borough Council
LU1 2RD Luton
UNITED KINGDOM

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

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

BBC159 — Provision of enforcement agent services.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 27: Other services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP, United Kingdom.

NUTS code UKH22

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)

Bedford Borough Council (‘the Council’) is seeking expressions of interest from suitable qualified organisations wishing to enter into a contract for the provision of certificated civil enforcement agent services in respect of the following debt categories: — Council Tax; — Non Domestic Rates (NNDR); — Business Improvement District Levy;- Housing Benefit Overpayments; and — Sundry Debts The Council reserves the right to include ancillary services should it be required at a later date during the contract period, particularly reserving the right to add (but not limited to) Parking Contravention Penalties and Community Infrastructure Levy. The provision of the Services will need to be delivered in accordance with the Local Government Finance Acts 1988 and 1992 (as amended), all associated secondary legislation and in line with the Bedford Borough Council Fair Debt Collection Policy. It is the Council’s intention to award a contract (the ‘Contract’) to each of the top two (2) ranking Bidders for a period of three (3) years excluding possible extensions. It is anticipated that the Contract will commence in February 2015. The winning Contractors will be required to provide a national coverage so that liability orders can be executed anywhere in England and Wales. The total amount of debt sent to the Council’s current providers from 1.4.2011 to date is shown below as follows: Year commencing No. of CTX Cases Amount No of NDR Cases Amount Total Amount 01/04/2011 7,552 £4,399,692.07 632 £2,656,190.03 £7,055,882.1001/04/2012 5,271 £3,366,713.04 478 £1,701,801.23 £5,068,514.2701/04/2013 4,239 £2,839,225.93 332 £1,195,684.11 £4,034,910.0401/04/2014 to date 2,162 £1,674,152.00 179 £653,000.00 £2,327,152.00 Overall Total 19,224 £12,279,783.04 1,621 £6,206,675.37 £18,486,458.41 The Council reserves the right to enter into the whole or part of this contract, both in terms of the scale and scope of the contract. The publication of this Contract Notice and the Invitation to Tender (‘ITT’) Pack in no way commit the Council to award any contract pursuant to any tender process. More specifically, the Council reserves the right to: – Cancel, postpone, suspend or abort the selection and evaluation process at any stage or this procurement in its entirety; and- Amend the terms, conditions and/or requirements. No business whatsoever is guaranteed under any resulting contract and there is no guarantee that any contract will be put in place in relation to this notice. Bidders shall have no claim whatsoever against the Council in respect of any costs incurred by Bidders in preparing their tender submissions (including but not limited to abortive costs incurred by unsuccessful Bidders and/or Bidders who made the decision to withdraw from the procurement, costs incurred as a result of the Council’s decision to cancel the procurement). In particular (but without limitation) the Council shall not make any payments to any Bidder save as expressly provided for in any agreement, if and when any such agreement is entered into. For further information, please refer to the ITT Pack that will be issued to interested organisations. Details on the registration are provided in Section VI.3 of this Notice. The services to be procured fall within Part B of Schedule 3 to the Public Contract Regulations 2006, as amended (the ‘Regulations’) and the Council does not intend to hold itself bound by any of the Regulations save those applicable to Part B Services. In light of the new statutory fee structure imposed by The Taking Control of Goods Regulations 2013 and The Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014, which came into effect on 6.4.2014, the Contract shall be awarded on the basis of 100 % Quality.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

75242110, 79714110, 79940000, 75242110

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.1.8)Lots

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:

Please refer to short description.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 0 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: The contract may be extended by agreement for any period or periods of up to two (2) years in twelve (12) month blocks.

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

The Council reserves the right to require guarantees, deposits, bonds or other forms of appropriate security.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Statutory fees will be collected directly by the debtor in accordance with the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (Consequential, Transitional and Saving Provision) Order 2014 and the Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

The Council reserves the right to require, prior to contract award, the groupings of contractors to take a particular legal form or to require a single contractor to take primary liability or to require that each party undertakes joint and several liability. In any event, in the case of a joint venture or group bid, the partners must make clear how they intend to deliver the services (i.e. through a prime/sub-contractor route or by forming an SPV).

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: Under this procurement, the successful Contractors may be required to actively participate in the economic and social regeneration of the locality of and surrounding the place of delivery for the procurement. Accordingly, contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social and environmental considerations.
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: Please refer to the ITT Pack issued to interested organisations. Minimum level(s) of standards required will also be set out in the ITT.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Please refer to the ITT Pack issued to interested organisations. Minimum level(s) of standards required will also be set out in the ITT.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Please refer to the ITT Pack issued to interested organisations. Minimum level(s) of standards required will also be set out in the ITT.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Please refer to the ITT Pack issued to interested organisations. Minimum level(s) of standards required will also be set out in the ITT.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Please refer to the ITT Pack issued to interested organisations. Minimum level(s) of standards required will also be set out in the ITT.
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: no

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: yes

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
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 in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

BBC159 Provision of Enforcement Agent Services

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

13.1.2015 – 10:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

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

This is a recurrent procurement: no

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 procurement will be undertaken using the Council’s on-line secure e-sourcing portal and all interested organisations will need to register via the following link: https://www.proactisplaza.com/supplierportal/?CID=bedfordbc Please note that notification emails will be sent to the email address registered on the system so it is advisable to use an email address that is regularly monitored on behalf of your organisation. Full instructions of how to use the e-sourcing portal can be found on the relevant website, however in the event of any difficulties please contact the PROACTIS Help Desk on +44 1656665086 or alternatively the Council either by emailing commercial.hub@bedford.gov.uk or by calling +44 1234276420 for further assistance. The ITT documentation will be available to download within 2 working days from publication of the Contract Notice once the registration process is complete. Interested organisations must also contact the Commercial Hub by emailing commercial.hub@bedford.gov.uk in order to ensure that the registration process and access to the tender documentation runs smoothly. All interested organisations are required to return one (1) electronic copy of their completed Tender submission via the Council’s e-sourcing portal. Only those Tender submissions returned by the closing date and time will be deemed valid. Late submissions will not be accepted. During the procurement process, it is compulsory for Bidders to utilise the e-sourcing portal as the main channel of communication and exchange of documents. For this purpose, as stated above, it is quintessential that Bidders register with a valid, accurate and regularly monitored email address. In declaring an interest in this procurement process, Bidders agree to the use of this system.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Bedford Borough Council
Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP Bedford
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1234228420

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Bedford Borough Council
Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP Bedford
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1234228420

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Bedford Borough Council
Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP Bedford
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1234228420

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

19.11.2014