Government Procurement Service Consultancy Framework ConsultancyONE

UK-Liverpool: business and management consultancy and related services

ConsultancyONE.

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Government Procurement Service
9th floor, The Capital, Old Hall Street
L3 9PP Liverpool
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: Supplier@buyingsolutions.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.buyingsolutions.gov.uk

Further information can be obtained from: Government Procurement Service
Internet address: https://governmentprocurementservice.bravosolution.co.uk

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Government Procurement Service
Internet address: https://governmentprocurementservice.bravosolution.co.uk

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Government Procurement Service
Internet address: https://governmentprocurementservice.bravosolution.co.uk

 

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions

 

I.3)Main activity

Other: Public Procurement

 

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

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

 

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

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

ConsultancyONE.

 

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

Services
Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: National coverage primarily in the United Kingdom with some limited requirements overseas.
NUTS code UK

 

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

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement

 

II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 2
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT: 2 000 000 000 GBP

 

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

Government Procurement Service as the Contracting Authority is putting in place a pan government collaborative Framework Agreement primarily for use by or on behalf of Central Government departments and other contracting bodies identified at VI.3 (and any future successors to these organisations), which include Central Government Departments and their Arm’s Length Bodies and Agencies, Non Departmental Public Bodies, NHS bodies and Local Authorities.
These contracting bodies have a need for business and management consultancy and related services.

 

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000, 79996000, 79411100, 66171000, 79212100, 72222100, 79311400, 79212200, 79414000, 72224000, 72221000, 66100000, 79418000, 79212300

 

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: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more 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:

This Framework Agreement will provide the contracting bodies identified at VI.3 (and any future successor to these organsiations) and associated bodies with a comprehensive range of consultancy services relating to Multi Specialism Programme delivery, Management Consultancy, Functional Advice and Support, Finance and Audit. Details of the consultancy range of services have been specified in the fifteen descriptions of Lots (Lots 1, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4) in this Contract Notice. Participants may seek to bid for one, some or all Lots. Participants must be able to provide a comprehensive service specific to each of the lots for which they wish to apply.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 2 000 000 000 GBP

 

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

 

II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Information about lots

Lot title: Lot 1 Multi Specialism Programme Delivery

1)Short description

Longer term contracts (typically more than one month)that will include multi, (i.e. more than one), consultancy specialism for the successful delivery of significant projects and or programmes.
These types of contracts will tend to be high value, complex, longer term programmes of work, (such as “client side support” and or including design-build type projects (“operating” would be covered in alternative ICT arrangements).
The scope of this lot will provide the flexibility for departments to procure a programme of work or project that will include the total life cycle of the programme or project – ensuring continuity of provision from advice through to successful delivery.
This approach should provide enhanced value for money through the reduction in procurement effort, bidding effort on behalf of the supply market and to access economies of scale relative to the size, value and status of the particular project.

 

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72221000, 79411000, 79414000, 72224000, 79411100, 79996000, 66170000, 79421000, 72222100, 79410000, 79418000

 

3)Quantity or scope

The Multi Specialism Programme Delivery Lot will provide a single route to access the provision of strategic, high level, broad based and innovative advice across a wide range of disciplines.
There are four main elements within the scope of this lot, which, when taken together, differentiate from other Consultancy services and these are:
1. Context: Transformational Projects.
Related to significant internal organisational change including changes to structures, corporate systems or processes or external changes including functional redesign, delivery systems or means of engagement with stakeholders.
2. Role: Client-side Advisory Services.
The provision of advice, guidance and professional support focusing on the provision of high quality impartial and or functionally specific and or “expert” advice for the identification of innovative solutions and recommendations. The customer may invite the involvement of a client-side adviser at an early stage within a project to formulate transformational policy and provide strategic advice, through the design and change management phases.
3. Role: Client Side Programme Delivery.
The scope provides the flexibility for customers to procure a programme of work or project that will include the total life-cycle of the programme or project, for example this may take customers from transformational policy and strategic advice through the design phase, change management and implementation aspect to enable hand over to operating service delivery providers.
4. Nature: Multi-Disciplinary Deployment of Resources.
The functional specialisms required will vary between programmes and projects and will be advised by the client at the point of procurement. However, to illustrate and give an indication of the type and nature of these requirements, those most commonly required to date, (which may not materialise in the future) are referred to within this scope as the Core Disciplines:
— policy formulation,
— strategic advice and implementation,
— programme and project management delivery,
— organisational and change management,
— ICT client side advice,
— human resources,
— procurement,
— finance.
Additionally, there may be other skills and disciplines that may be required to support these programmes or projects that will be further specified at the point of procurement.

 

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot title: Lot 2.1 Management Consultancy: Policy Development and Advice

1)Short description

Provides consultancy advice on development of high-level business policies and strategies which might include presentation to senior-level decision makers.
Advice may include but is not limited to such aspects as:
— the formulation of the most efficient and cost effective policy and or strategy to achieve organisational aims,
— policies and strategies concerned with internal organisation and operations; or those concerned with the delivery of outward-facing core organisational activities / public services,
— organisation-wide policies / strategies, or those within a particular functional area e.g. IT; HR; Procurement; Finance; Estates and Property.

 

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79411100, 98200000, 79400000, 79411100, 79996000, 66170000, 79410000, 79419000, 71241000, 79414000, 79411000, 90700000, 72221000, 72220000, 73210000, 79418000

 

3)Quantity or scope

The scope will include but not be limited to:
— development or review of government policy, objectives, programmes and initiatives,
— business policy / strategy appraisal, development and formulation,
— sustainability and sustainable development policies and strategies,
— identification and development of new services / programmes / initiatives,
— conducting “value for money” (VfM) reviews, in support of policy and or strategy development,
— business sourcing strategies e.g. outsourcing, shared services, etc.,
— Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances, Mergers, Investments and Acquisitions,
— business case advice and development including strategic fit, options appraisal, commercial aspects, affordability and achievability,
— policy and strategic knowledge and information management.

 

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot title: Lot 2.2 Management Consultancy: Organisational Strategy

1)Short description

Provides consultancy advice on the organisational strategy and design of structural and/or operational changes within an organisation in delivering its policies, strategies, purposes and objectives.
Supporting and driving organisational change through advising on structure and job role design to meet future strategic and functional needs.
Developing performance management systems and cultures to build organisation, team and individual learning and performance.
Developing organisational effectiveness through securing staff commitment and engagement.

 

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79996000, 79411000, 79414000, 98200000, 79400000, 79313000, 79421200, 79411100, 72221000, 73210000, 79410000

 

3)Quantity or scope

Organisational Strategy includes but is not limited to:
— organisational (re) design and change management,
— diagnosis of the current situation in order to determine both the need and the capability to change,
— structural reviews, organisational diagnosis, job role design and re-organisation,
— skills analysis, audit and capability management,
— business case including performance metrics for measurable achievement of benefits and alignment to stakeholder aims,
— rationalisation and efficiency, to include transformation solutions,
— business process reengineering to achieve step change in performance,
— appraising business structures, business architecture, operating models and business performance measurement,
— development of change management plans,
— performance management and appraisal,
— pay and reward reviews and strategies,
— communication strategies.

 

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot title: Lot 3.1 Functional Advice and Support: Change Management (PPM)

1)Short description

Provides Change Management / PPM expertise for the management, implementation and client side delivery of business critical programmes / projects relating to change, transformation and or transition.

 

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72224000, 79411000, 79400000, 79996000, 79411100, 72221000, 79421000, 73210000, 79410000, 71241000

 

3)Quantity or scope

Change Management includes but is not limited to:
— development of change management policies, strategies and or programmes or projects,
— implementation of change management plans including the managing programmes and projects utilising best proactive tools and techniques to ensure successful delivery of objectives,
— application of best practice tools and techniques, (such as business process reengineering or LEAN thinking), to achieve step change in performance and or to access efficiency savings,
— planning, execution, monitoring control and closure of a project,
— managing the project scope, project stakeholders, project team, project risks, project schedule, project budget, the project conflicts and benefits,
— plan and manage programme resources and budget,
— skills and Knowledge transfer to the satisfaction of the client post programme or project.

 

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot title: Lot 3.2 Functional Advice and Support: Human Resource Management

1)Short description

Provides HR expertise for the management, implementation and client side delivery of HR policies and programmes in support of the organisations HR and Corporate strategies.

 

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79414000, 98200000, 79400000, 79313000, 79411100, 79996000, 85312320, 79410000, 79414000, 79411000, 71317210, 72221000, 79421000, 73210000

 

3)Quantity or scope

Human Resource Management includes but is not limited to:
— providing HR leadership for the organisation and act as a source of advice and client side delivery on all HR matters including:
—— staffing and recruitment policy and strategy (not delivery of staffing and recruitment services as these will be dealt with under a different arrangement),
—— organisational development,
—— performance management,
—— absence management,
—— training and development,
—— employee counselling services,
— leading on the employment issues supporting the organisation change redesign,
— leading on the resource related elements of transition and the integration of new workforces,
— ensuring organisational conformation with applicable HR related regulations and statutes,
— developing resource strategies and implementing programs and plans,
— creating employee training and organisational development programmes,
— developing and implementing health and safety programmes,
— skills and Knowledge transfer to the satisfaction of the client post programme or project.

 

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot title: Lot 3.3 Functional Advice and Support: Procurement

1)Short description

Provides commercial / procurement expertise for the management, implementation and client side delivery of strategic sourcing initiatives and strategic procurement projects.

 

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79418000, 79411000, 79400000, 79996000, 72224000, 79411100, 73210000, 79410000, 79419000, 71241000

 

3)Quantity or scope

Procurement includes but is not limited to:
— devising, developing and implementing tailored procurement strategies and procedures,
— implementing and delivering procurement initiatives to deliver savings, added value benefits and improved value for money (VfM),
— providing support on a procurement project (at any stage of the lifecycle) for goods / services including high level outsourcing and PPP/PFI projects,
— benchmarking of functional specialisms based on performance metrics and characteristics defined by the client,
— skills and knowledge transfer to the satisfaction of the client post programme or project.

 

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot title: Lot 3.4 Functional Advice and Support: Information and Communications Technology

1)Short description

Provides ICT expertise for the development and pre design solutions for a wide range of ICT projects to deliver business improvement.

 

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72222100, 72227000, 79411100, 72222300, 72222100, 72222000, 72000000, 71241000, 72224000, 72222200, 79700000, 72221000, 79421000, 72223000, 72220000, 72246000

 

3)Quantity or scope

Information and Communications Technology includes but is not limited to:
— providing ICT leadership for the organisation and act as a source of advice during the pre-design and feasibility stage of ICT projects including:
—— development of vision and strategic brief,
—— analysis of current systems and problem / opportunity definition,
—— options analysis,
—— conceptualisation / inception and viability studies,
—— technical analysis,
—— economic analysis,
—— operational analysis,
—— cost v benefit analysis,
—— recommendation of preferred solution,
—— requirements specification,
— provide technical expertise to support ongoing ICT projects.

 

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot title: Lot 4.1 Finance: Corporate Finance and Financial Strategy

1)Short description

Provides advice on all aspects of complex project development, financing and procurement. Advice may relate to establishment of suitable strategies, policies, processes and organisation of departments to improve the financial efficiency of its project delivery.

 

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

66171000, 72224000, 72221000, 79421000, 66519310, 66517300, 79412000, 71241000

 

3)Quantity or scope

Corporate Finance and Financial Strategy includes but is not limited to:
— project financial advice for complex projects (e.g. PPP, PFI, outsourcing, shared services):
—— option appraisal,
—— developing project proposals,
—— financial advice on project or infrastructure finance,
—— risk, payment structures and accounting treatment,
—— assessing project proposals,
—— preparing project procurement,
—— assessing bidding proposals and contract negotiations,
—— post award implementation (including refinancing advice).

 

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot title: Lot 4.2 Finance: Investment and Banking Services

1)Short description

Provides specialist investment and financial market advisory services, capital raising, financing and risk management services and solutions to the public sector.

 

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

66100000, 66121000, 66523000, 66171000, 66120000, 79221000, 79410000, 66517300, 66000000, 79412000

 

3)Quantity or scope

Investment and Banking Services includes but is not limited to:
— public sector finance policy and strategy advice,
— financing public infrastructure projects and negotiations, including:
—— refinancing advice and solutions,
—— asset and structured finance,
—— mergers and acquisitions,
—— acquisition finance solutions,
— corporate asset financial management,
— corporate restructuring and floatations,
— corporate and asset valuation and asset sales / disposals,
— banking, pensions and investment advice,
— investment and financial market services,
— financial market conditions, their operation and issues material to structuring financing,
— industry and financial analysis, preparation,
— private finance structures and financial products,
— capital fund raising,
— derivatives and hedging,
— debt restructuring,
— risk management,
— financial modelling,
— due diligence.

 

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot title: Lot 4.3 Finance: Finance Operations Support

1)Short description

Provides consultancy advice on all aspects of specialised financial management within an organisation. Advice may relate to establishment of suitable strategies, policies, processes and organisation of financial responsibilities within an organisation.

 

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

66171000, 66519600, 66600000, 79412000, 71241000

 

3)Quantity or scope

Finance Operations Support includes but is not limited to:
— financial performance review and viability studies,
— financial analysis and reporting,
— financial options,
— financial modelling,
— financial model reviews,
— costing review and evaluation,
— investment advice,
— actuarial consultancy services,
— treasury and risk management,
— debt advisory.

 

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot title: Lot 4.4 Finance: Economic Analysis

1)Short description

Provides Micro-economic advice, statistical, econometric, quantitative expertise and analytical thinking to generate expert advice and recommendations to develop policy, strategy and address regulatory issues.

 

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79311400, 79311410, 79330000, 73210000, 79300000, 71241000

 

3)Quantity or scope

Economic Analysis includes but is not limited to:
— economic appraisal and analysis,
— policy impact assessments,
— complex cost benefit studies and analysis,
— competition policy,
— market studies and analysis,
— regulation benchmarking and statistical analysis.

 

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot title: Lot 5.1 Audit: Internal Audit and Advice

1)Short description

Provides services and advice on all aspects of internal audit assurance and consultancy requiring objective examination of evidence for the purpose of providing an assessment or opinion on governance, risk management and internal control systems for the contracting bodies in line with Government Internal Audit Standards.

 

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79212200, 79212000, 79212100, 79212110

 

3)Quantity or scope

Internal Audit and Advice includes but is not limited to:
— outsourced or co-outsourced internal audit services,
— development of internal audit strategy and/or methodologies,
— advice on governance, risk management and internal control,
— bench marking and quality assurance of internal audit performance,
— specialist internal audit assurance and advisory services e.g. IT/ IS audit.

 

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot title: Lot 5.2 Audit: Other Assurance and Advice

1)Short description

Provides services and advice on a range of assurance aspects requiring objective examination and assessments to be made of financial, performance, security, anti-fraud, quality and compliance processes.

 

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79212000, 90714200, 79313000, 79212400, 90714000, 72225000

 

3)Quantity or scope

Other Assurance and Advice includes but is not limited to:
— other special purpose reviews and investigations,
— compliance and quality audit,
— corporate social responsibility review,
— sustainability assurance – and related activities,
— fraud investigations, forensic assessments and advice foreign corrupt practices act / anti-bribery compliance investigations and advice,
— supplier audit and supply chain assurance.

 

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot title: Lot 5.3 Audit: Financial Audit and Investigation

1)Short description

Provides services and advice in relation to financial audit work.

 

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

66171000, 79212400

 

3)Quantity or scope

Financial Audit and Investigation includes but is not limited to:
— financial irregularity investigations and advice,
— forensic accounting investigations and advice.

 

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot title: Lot 5.4 Audit: External Audit and Advice

1)Short description

Provides services and advice on all aspects of auditing the annual financial statements.

 

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79212300, 79212100, 79212000, 79212500

 

3)Quantity or scope

External Audit and Advice includes but is not limited to:
— audit and advice on financial statements and related published documents,
— grant audit and certification.

 

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

Participants will be advised if this is necessary during the procurement. Parent company and/or other guarantees of performance and financial liability may be required by the Contracting Authority if considered appropriate.

 

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:

No special legal form is required but if a contract is awarded to a consortium, the Contracting Authority may require the consortium to form a legal entity before entering into the Framework Agreement.

 

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: Any other condition as specified in the tender documentation.

 

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: Participants will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter VII, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ).
Participants must express interest and submit completed Pre-Qualification Questionnaires using the Government Procurement Service eSourcing portal that can be accessed at https://governmentprocurementservice.bravosolution.co.ukusing the following instructions:1. Navigate to the Portal: https://governmentprocurementservice.bravosolution.co.uk.2. Select the ‘Click here to register!’ link.
3. Read, accept the terms and conditions and select ‘continue‘.
4. Enter the correct business and user details.
5. Note the username you chose and select [Save] when complete, then [Close Window].
6. You will be sent an email with a unique password (keep this secure).
7. Login to the Portal with your username/password.
8. Select the link ‘PQQs Open to All Suppliers’.
9. Select the name of the PQQ to access information about the procurement.
10. Select the ‘Express Interest’ button (NOTE: This will move the PQQ from the open area into the ‘My PQQs’ section).
11. You can now access the published documents from the ‘Buyer Attachments’ area.
For assistance please contact the Helpdesk operated by BravoSolution: Freephone: +44 8003684850 eMail: help@bravosolution.co.uk.

Responses must be published by the date in IV.3.4.

 

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Participants will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter VII, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ).
The PQQ can be accessed at https://governmentprocurementservice.bravosolution.co.ukusing the instructions detailed in III.2.1.The Contracting Authority may take into account any of the following information:
(a) appropriate statements from banks or, where appropriate, evidence of relevant professional risk indemnity insurance;
(b) the presentation of balance-sheets or extracts from the balance-sheets, where publication of the balance-sheet is required under the law of the country in which the economic operator is established;
(c) a statement of the undertaking’s overall turnover and, where appropriate, of turnover in the area covered by the contract for a maximum of the last 3 financial years available, depending on the date on which the economic operator was set up or the economic operator started trading, as far as the information on these turnovers is available.

 

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Participants will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter V11, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ).
The PQQ can be accessed at https://governmentprocurementservice.bravosolution.co.uk using the instructions detailed in III.2.1.

 

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

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted

 

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: As stated in section 10 of the PQQ.

 

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:

RM 1502

 

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

no

 

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

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

3.1.2012 – 15:00

 

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 tenders

Place:

Electronically via e-tendering tool.

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

 

Section VI: Complementary information

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

VI.3)Additional information

The Framework Agreement will be awarded for an initial term of 2 years with the option to extend for 2 further terms each of up to 12 months duration, to be exercised at the discretion of the Contracting Authority.
Participants should note that, in accordance with the UK Government’s policies on transparency, the Contracting Authority intends to publish the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ), the Invitation to Tender (ITT) document, and the text of any Framework Agreement awarded, subject to possible redactions at the discretion of the Contracting Authority. The terms of the proposed Framework Agreement will also permit a public sector contracting body, awarding a contract under this Framework Agreement, to publish the text of that contract, subject to possible redactions at the discretion of the contracting body. Further information on transparency can be found at: http://www.buyingsolutions.gov.uk/aboutus/transparency/.The Contracting Authority expressly reserves the right (i) not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and (ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition; and in no circumstances will the Contracting Authority be liable for any costs incurred by the participants. If the Contracting Authority decides to enter into a Framework Agreement with the successful Supplier, this does not mean that there is any guarantee of subsequent contracts being awarded. Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to contract award is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgement of participants. Any orders placed under this Framework Agreement will form a separate contract under the scope of this Framework Agreement between the Supplier and the specific requesting other contracting body. The Contracting Authority and other contracting bodies utilising the Framework Agreement reserve the right to use any electronic portal during the life of the agreement.
The duration referenced in Section II.1.4 is for the placing of orders.
This new “consultancyONE” Framework Agreement will form part of a joined up and coherent supply strategy for the procurement of business and management consultancy and related services that will include, for central government contracts valued at 100 000 GBP and below – other than by exception, being procured individually on an ad-hoc basis via the Government eMarketplace. Please see the following link for further details: https://buyers.procserveonline.com/otis/preregistration/splash_page.htmlThis will open up competition to all Potential Providers and allow transparent, fair and equal opportunity to bid for and win government work.
It is the current intention that for contracts valued between 100 000 GBP and 2 000 000 GBP, other than by exception, this “consultancyONE” Framework Agreement will become the single procurement route for central government departments (the wider public sector will also be eligible to use the Framework Agreement). It is the Contracting Authority’s intention to replace the majority of current central government business and management consultancy frameworks with this “consultancyONE” Framework Agreement; the future use and/or termination of existing frameworks will be considered on a case by case basis.
It is the Contracting Authority’s intention that all central government procurements valued at more than 100 000 GBP for business and management consultancy and related services will be channelled via the Home Office Procurement Centre of Excellence based in Newport who will, on behalf of government departments, undertake all “further competitions” pursuant to this Framework Agreement in order to maximise spot-buying efficiencies and unit price savings. Requirements above £2m will be procured via stand alone procurements outside this Framework Agreement.
Notwithstanding the comments above, Potential Providers should note that there will be no guaranteed volumes under any Framework Agreement awarded. In particular, given the ever-changing wider economic context, Potential Providers should be aware that the Contracting Authority is currently reviewing other options for procuring consultancy services which may result in alternative routes to market being introduced for specified categories and/or values of spend. Consequently the value of work channelled via this Framework Agreement may be lower than the estimate stated within the OJEU Contract Notice.
The Contracting Authority will be transparent about any proposed changes and when such changes are likely to take effect.
The Contracting Authority is putting in place a Framework Agreement which is accessible for use by the following contracting bodies (and any future successors to these organisations): http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Dl1/Directories/A-ZOfCentralGovernment/index.htm

Public Corporations.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
BNFL plc.
Export Credits Guarantee Department.
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
Royal Mail Group plc.
United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority.
Urenco.
Partnerships UK.
Royal Mint.
ABRO.
Defence Aviation Repair Agency (DARA).
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).
Met Office.
UK Hydrographic Office.
Forensic Science Service.
NATS.
CDC Group plc.
Working Links Limited.
British Waterways Authority.
Covent Garden Market Authority.
Ordnance Survey.
QEII Conference Centre.
Northern Ireland Water.
Scottish Water.
Local Authorities http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Dl1/Directories/Localcouncils/AToZOfLocalCouncils/DG_A-Z_LG).

NDPBs http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/Assets/PublicBodies2009_tcm6-35808.pdf http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/jobs/Departments-NDPBs-AtoL/A-toF.aspx.

National Parks Authorities http://www.nationalparks.gov.uk/.

Educational Establishments in England and Wales, maintained by the Department for Children, Schools and Families including Schools, Universities and Colleges but not Independent Schools http://www.edubase.gov.uk/search.xhtml;jsessionid=4767F89630A039E98FE593093D577013?clear=true.

Police Forces in the United Kingdom http://www.police.uk/.

Fire and Rescue Services (including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) http://www.fireservice.co.uk/information/ukfrs

NHS Bodies England including Acute Trusts, Ambulance Trusts, Primary Care trusts, Care Trusts, NHS Hospital Trusts, Foundation Trusts, Strategic Health Authorities, Mental Health Trusts, Special Health Authorities, Community Health Councils, Local Health Boards, NHS Trusts, including Ambulance Trusts. http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Aboutus/OrganisationsthatworkwithDH/Armslengthbodies/Categorisationofarmslengthbodies/index.htm http://www.nhs.uk/servicedirectories/Pages/PrimaryCareTrustListing.aspx http://www.general-practitioners-uk.co.uk/

Hospices.
Hospices in UK including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland http://www.hauraki.co.uk/hospice_uk/.

Registered Social Landlords (Housing Associations) http://portal.tenantservicesauthority.org/ https://www.rsrsurvey.co.uk/RSRDocuments

Third Sector and Charities http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/ http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/charities/charities-search.htm http://www.oscr.org.uk/.

Citizens Advice http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/index/aboutus/citizens_advice_offices.htm.

Scottish Public Bodies.
Scottish Government http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Home.

Scottish Local Authorities http://www.scotland-excel.org.uk/customers/index.asp.

Scottish Agencies, NDPBs http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Government/public-bodies/executive-ndpbs.

Scottish NHS Bodies http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Health/NHS-Scotland/Boards.

Scottish Further and Higher Education Bodies http://www.sfc.ac.uk/about_the_council/council_funded_institutions/council_funded_institutions.aspx.

Scottish Police http://www.scottish.police.uk/.

Scottish Fire and Rescue http://www.dontgivefireahome.com/fire_safety/1347.html.

Scottish Housing Associations http://www.sfha.co.uk/component/option,com_membersdir/Itemid,149/view,membersdir/.

Scottish Parliament http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/corporate/spcb/index.htm.

The Scotland Office http://www.scotlandoffice.gov.uk/scotlandoffice/10786.html.

Scotland Citizens Advice http://www.cas.org.uk/find-a-bureau/all-scottish-bureaux.

Scottish Schools.
Primary Schools http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/scottishschoolsonline/index.asp?schoolsearchstring=&addresssearchstring=&authority=&strTypes=isprimaryschool&bSubmit=1&Submit=Search.

Secondary Schools http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/scottishschoolsonline/index.asp?schoolsearchstring=&addresssearchstring=&authority=&strTypes=issecondaryschool&bSubmit=1&Submit=Search.

Special Schools http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/scottishschoolsonline/index.asp?schoolsearchstring=&addresssearchstring=&authority=&strTypes=isspecial&bSubmit=1&Submit=Search.

Welsh Public Bodies National Assembly for Wales, Welsh Assembly Government and Welsh Local Authorities http://www.assemblywales.org/abthome/abt-links.htm http://new.wales.gov.uk/?lang=en http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/dl1/directories/localcouncils/dg_065241.

NHS Wales http://www.wales.nhs.uk/ourservices/directory.

NHS Wales GP Practices http://www.wales.nhs.uk/ourservices/directory.

NI Public Bodies.
Northern Ireland Government Departments http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/gov.htm.

Northern Ireland Public Sector Bodies and Local Authorities http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/az2.htm.

Schools in Northern Ireland http://www.denidata.nics.gov.uk/appinstitutes/instmain.aspx.

Further and Higher Education in Northern Ireland http://www.unixl.com/info/northern-ireland.htm.

Health and Social care in Northern Ireland http://www.hscni.net/index.php?link=hospitals http://www.hscni.net/index.php?link=boards http://www.hscni.net/index.php?link=agencies http://www.hscni.net/index.php?link=councils http://www.centralservicesagency.com/files/currentmedicallists/file/Northern%20Ireland%20Practice%20List.xls.

Police Service of Northern Ireland http://www.police-information.co.uk/police-directory/view.php?id=31&page=0&cat=6&subcat=31&subsubcat=0.

Citizens Advice Northern Ireland http://www.citizensadvice.co.uk/en/Where-We-Are/Bureaus/ http://www.citizensadvice.co.uk/en/About-Us/Contact/.

 

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Government Procurement Service
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: Supplier@buyingsolutions.gsi.gov.uk
Internet address: www.buyingsolutions.gov.uk

Body responsible for mediation procedures

DRS-CIArb, on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
12 Bloomsbury Square
WC1A 2LP London
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: padre@drs-ciarb.com
Telephone: +44 8452707055
Internet address: www.padre.org.uk

 

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Contracting Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. Participants who are unsuccessful shall be informed by the Contracting Authority as soon as possible after the decision has been made as to the reasons why the participant was unsuccessful. If an appeal regarding the award of the contract has not been successfully resolved, The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No. 5), as amended, provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take legal action. Any such action must be brought within the applicable limitation period. Where a contract has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the Contracting Authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the Court may, depending on the circumstances, award damages, make a declaration of ineffectiveness, order the Contracting Authority to pay a fine, and/or order that the duration of the contract be shortened. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow the parties to apply to the Courts to set aside the award decision before the contract is entered into.

 

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

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:23.11.2011