OFCOM Market Research Contract

OFCOM Market Research Contract

Ofcom is tendering for the provision of longitudinal ethnographic-style video-based qualitative research services amongst children and young people.

United Kingdom-London: Market research services

2019/S 214-525565

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: OFCOM
Postal address: Riverside House, 2a Southwark Bridge Road
Town: London
NUTS code: UK
Postal code: SE1 9HA
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Mark Lundy
E-mail: mark.lundy@ofcom.org.uk
Telephone: +44 2079813000
Internet address(es):Main address: https://ofcom.bravosolution.co.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://ofcom.bravosolution.co.uk

I.2)Information about joint procurement


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

Other activity: UK Communications Regulator

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Provision of Research into Child Media Lives

Reference number: Ofcom Reference C20190175

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Ofcom is tendering for the provision of longitudinal ethnographic-style video-based qualitative research services amongst children and young people.

Ofcom is looking to partner with a supplier who has experience of designing, implementing, managing and reporting ethnographic-style longitudinal qualitative studies with a strong emphasis on film and other techniques for capturing and reporting children’s digital media attitudes and behaviours.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKI
Main site or place of performance:

Ofcom’s office at Riverside House, Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 9HA.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The requirement is to provide longitudinal ethnographic-style video-based qualitative research services for up to 10 years, with a strong emphasis on film and other techniques for capturing and reporting children’s digital media attitudes and behaviours.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value

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

Duration in months: 60
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The proposed contract is expected to commence in April 2020, and will continue for up to 10 years, such period comprising an initial contract period of 5 years, with subsequent optional extension periods that can be exercised at Ofcom’s sole discretion, up to a maximum contract period of 10 years.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged number of candidates: 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

Are set out in the selection questionnaire that can be obtained from https://ofcom.bravosolution.co.uk

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

There are options to extend the contract at Ofcom’s sole discretion up to a maximum contract period of 5 years.

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

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

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
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

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted 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: 02/12/2019
Local time: 12:00

IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

Date: 18/12/2019

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:


IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 4 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: High Court of Justice of England and Wales
Postal address: The Strand
Town: London
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

Ofcom will incorporate a standstill period of 10 days between the communication of the award decision to tenderers and entering into a contract with the successful tenderer.

Tenderers wishing to obtain further debriefing a minimum of 3 working days before the end of the standstill period must request it within 2 working days of the award decision being communicated to them.

This should be requested from the contact point indicated in Section I.1).

Where issues regarding the award cannot be resolved between Ofcom and the tenderer, the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 allow for appeals to be brought before the High Court of England and Wales.

Any such appeal must be brought promptly and in any event within 3 months.

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: