Internal Audit Services for Colleges in Northern Ireland

Internal Audit Services for Colleges in Northern Ireland

Northern Regional College on behalf of the following six Regional Colleges in Northern Ireland wishes to appoint a single contractor for the provision of internal audit services.

United Kingdom-Ballymena: Business services: law, marketing, consulting, recruitment, printing and security

2020/S 095-228342

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: FE Northern Regional College
Postal address: Farm Lodge Buildings
Town: Ballymena
NUTS code: UK
Postal code: BT43 7DF
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: SSDAdmin.CPD@finance-ni.gov.uk
Internet address(es):Main address: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps

Address of the buyer profile: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps

I.2)Information about joint procurement

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

ID 2819350 DfE — Internal Audit Services — FE Colleges

Reference number: 2819350

II.1.2)Main CPV code

79000000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

Northern Regional College (NRC) on behalf of the following six Regional Colleges in Northern Ireland wishes to appoint a single contractor for the provision of internal audit services:

• Northern Regional College (NRC),

• Southern Regional College (SRC),

• North West Regional College (NWRC),

• South West College (SWC),

• Belfast Metropolitan College (BMC),

• South Eastern Regional College (SERC).

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 550 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79200000
79210000
79212200

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKN

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Northern Regional College (NRC) on behalf of the following six Regional Colleges in Northern Ireland wishes to appoint a single contractor for the provision of Internal Audit Services:

• Northern Regional College (NRC),

• Southern Regional College (SRC),

• North West Regional College (NWRC),

• South West College (SWC),

• Belfast Metropolitan College (BMC),

• South Eastern Regional College (SERC).

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Qualitative criteria / Weighting: 70
Cost criterion – Name: Quantitative criteria / Weighting: 30
II.2.6)Estimated value

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

Duration in months: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The contract may be extended up to 2 period of 12 months each from end of initial 3-year period.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

The contract may be extended up to 2 period of 12 months each from end of initial 3-year period.

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

The estimated total contract value is GBP 550 000 for the total contract period including all possible extensions. This reflects the potential scale of the contract and takes into account such changes to the scope/and or scale which may result from future operational requirements.

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

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
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: 19/06/2020
Local time: 15:00
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

Tender must be valid until: 17/09/2020

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 19/06/2020
Local time: 15:30

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

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

April 2025.

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

The pricing schedule applied and the setting of cost/profit margins is a commercial decision for economic operators when submitting a bid. Neither CPD or the authority can provide any guarantee of the level of business under this contract. The successful contractor’s performance on the contract will be regularly monitored. Contractors not delivering on contract requirements is a serious matter. It means the public purse is not getting what it is paying for. If a contractor fails to reach satisfactory levels of contract performance they will be given a specified time to improve. If, after the specified time, they still fail to reach satisfactory levels of contract performance, the matter will be escalated to senior management in CPD for further action. If this occurs and their performance still does not improve to satisfactory levels within the specified period, it may be regarded as an act of grave professional misconduct and they may be issued with a certificate of unsatisfactory performance and the contract may be terminated.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: The UK does not have any special review body with responsibility for appeal/mediationprocedures in publicprocurement competitions. Instead; any challenges are dealt with by the High Court,Commercial Division, towhich proceedings may be issued regarding alleged breaches of the Public ContractsRegs
Town: UK
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

CPD will comply with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and, where appropriate, will incorporate a standstill period (i.e. a minimum of 10 calendar days) at the point information on the award of contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. This provides time for the unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the 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:

13/05/2020