Consultancy Services for ESPO

UK-Leicester: business and management consultancy and related services

Consultancy Services for ESPO. ESPO, on behalf of the Pro5 group of professional buying organisations, is seeking to establish a framework agreement with a number of suppliers for the provision of consultancy services specifically for local government 2012/S 11-017319

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (see on behalf of the ‘Pro 5’ Group of Professional Buying Organisations (see
Barnsdale Way, Grove Park
Contact point(s): Hollie Ruston
LE19 1ES Leicester
Telephone: +44 1162657928
Fax: +44 1162944399

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Further information 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

Other: Local Authority Services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

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

Organisations stated in section II.1.5
further information contact ESPO, Barnsdale Way
LE19 1ES Leicester

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

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

Consultancy Services – 664/12.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
NUTS code UK

II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:

ESPO, on behalf of the Pro5 group of professional buying organisations, is seeking to establish a framework agreement with a number of suppliers for the provision of consultancy services specifically for local government. The prime aim of the framework will be to create efficiencies in the way in which consultancy services are procured.
ESPO’s existing consultancy framework covers a range of consultancy areas, including generic business consultancy (e.g. change management, finance, HR), as well as more local government focused consultancy (e.g. engineering, marketing, treasury management). Following consultation with Pro5’s member authorities, a variety of other consultancy areas specifically for local government have been identified. Given the distinct differences in the supply base for generic business and specialist areas of consultancy, it is clear that two individual solutions are required.
Recognising that the Government Procurement Service (GPS) is currently in the process of establishing their Consultancy ONE framework, which will cover a wide range of generic business consultancy areas for use by central government and the wider public sector, it is the intention that Pro5 will direct local government customers to the Consultancy ONE framework where the framework meets their consultancy needs, rather than Pro5 creating a duplicate framework for local government.
Pro5’s retendered consultancy framework will therefore aim to complement the Consultancy ONE framework by focusing specifically on local government needs. The framework will consist of a range of lots which reflect and represent local government requirements, market engagement over the coming months shall however determine the actual consultancy areas covered.
Although a formal procurement process will commence later in 2012, organisations who believe they may wish to tender to be included in the framework, or who wish to participate in the market engagement, are invited to express an interest by contacting ESPO as per the details given in this notice.
Whilst initially for use by local authorities served by the Pro5 Group (see, being Central Purchasing Bodies as defined by the EU Combined Procurement Directive 2004/18/EC, the Framework Agreement may also be open for use by the following classifications of user throughout all administrative regions of the UK: Local Authority Councils; Educational Establishments (including Academies); Police, Fire & Rescue and Coastguard Emergency Services; Central Government Departments and Agencies; NHS and HSC Bodies, including Ambulance Services; Registered Charities; Registered Social Landlords. Full details of the classification of end user establishments and geographical areas is available on:
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
VI.2)Additional information:

GO Reference: GO-2012116-PRO-3658395.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: