Public relations consultancy destination Staffordshire
Destination Staffordshire is a public and private sector cooperative venture, whose area of concern and activity is the promotion and coordination of the Staffordshire visitor economy for the benefit of its private sector members, businesses operating in the various parts of the tourism industry in Staffordshire, i.e. accommodation providers, attractions, food & drink providers.
UK-Stafford: public relations services
Section I: Contracting authority
Staffordshire County Council
Wedgwood Building, Tipping Street
For the attention of: Darren Langley
ST16 2DH Stafford
Telephone: +44 1785854643
Fax: +44 1785854660
General address of the contracting authority: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/business/procurement
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)
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Section II: Object of the contract
Service category No 11: Management consulting services  and related services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Staffordshire.
NUTS code UKG2
The local authority partners are: Cannock Chase District Council, Lichfield District Council, Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Stafford Borough Council, Tamworth Borough Council, East Staffordshire Borough Council, South Staffordshire Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire County Council.
Staffordshire County Council is acting as the lead and sole authority for this procurement.
The partnership, with the County Council as the accountable body, is looking to recruit the services of a single agency with relevant experience and skills to provide public relations support at competitive rates but with a quality and expertise demanded by the membership, providing the maximum consumer exposure for the destination and for our members services.
79416000, 79416100, 79416200
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 150 000 and 300 000 GBP
Description of these options: The contract may be extended for a further 12 month period at the end of the 3 year term at the discretion of the County Council.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Any tender may be rejected from a company/organisation who interalia:
(a) Is bankrupt or is being wound up, where his affairs are being administered by the court, where he has entered into an arrangement with creditors, where he has suspended business activities or is in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure under national laws and regulations;
(b) Is the subject of proceedings for a declaration of bankruptcy, for an order for compulsory winding up or administration by the court or of an arrangement with creditors or of any other similar proceedings under national laws and regulations;
(c) Has been convicted by a judgment which has the force of res judicata in accordance with the legal provisions of the country of any offence concerning his professional conduct;
(d) Has been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means which the contracting authorities can demonstrate;
(e) Has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or with those of the country of the contracting authority;
(f) Has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or with those of the country of the contracting authority;
(g) Is guilty of serious misrepresentation in supplying the information required under this Section or has not supplied such information;
(h) Has been the subject of a conviction for participation in a criminal organisation, as defined in Article 2(1) of Council Joint Action 98/733/JHA;
(i) Has been the subject of a conviction for corruption, as defined in Article 3 of the Council Act of 26 May 1997 and Article 3(1) of Council Joint Action 98/742/JHA respectively;
(j) Has been the subject of a conviction for fraud within the meaning of Article 1 of the Convention relating to the protection of the financial interests of the European Communities;
(k) Has been the subject of a conviction for money laundering, as defined in Article 1 of Council Directive 91/308/EEC of 10 June 1991 on prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering.
Please refer to Regulation no 23 of the Public Procurement Regulations 2006 (SI No 5) for additional rejection criteria (see link).
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Financial checks will be undertaken for economic operators using the Councils current financial assessors n2check (www.n2check.com). Economic operators will be assessed according to the level of risk stipulated by n2check. Any Economic Operator being given an Above Average Risk rating or poorer may be rejected.
The organisation should hold as a minimum the following insurance levels or be able to provide with their response, a written statement advising that should they be awarded the contract they will have the required levels of insurance in place for the commencement of the contract.
Public liability 5 000 000 GBP.
Employers liability 10 000 000 GBP.
Professional indemnity 2 000 000 GBP.
Section IV: Procedure
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: The 5 highest scoring submissions at PQQ stage will be invited to proceed to the ITT stage, subject to the conditions and criteria set out in the PQQ documents.
Payable documents: no
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no
Section VI: Complementary information
Estimated timing for further notices to be published: 4.1.2015, 4.1.2016.
1. Instructions at http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/business/procurement/etendering/;
2. Follow the link to Proactis ETendering (http://www.staffordshire.alito.co.uk). On the main page click Suppliers then (new user) Register links;
3. Complete the self registration questions and click the Register button;
4. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with an authentication link (this e-mail may find its way to your trash/junk email account, so please check);
5. Confirm the authentication and then login into Proactis Suppliers side;
6. Search the bulletin board for the tender(s) using key words, search criteria etc;
7. Once found, click on the (blue) contract title to register interest against an active tender;
8. Click the Register button and then Continue;
9. The tender will now be in the My Tenders profile area on the main menu;
10. Find the Read Me First document and continue with managing the tender.
If you require urgent assistance regarding the initial usage of the eTendering package please contact the Contracting Authority point of contact in Section I.1 of this notice. On failure to reach this contact, please immediately e-mail the nature of the difficulty to email@example.com.
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:3.2.2012