Scottish Enterprise Content Development Tender

Scottish Enterprise Content Development Tender

Content development, SEO, analytics, social media and content maintenance.

United Kingdom-Glasgow: Business and management consultancy services

2020/S 013-026259

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Scottish Enterprise
Postal address: Atrium Court, 50 Waterloo Street
Town: Glasgow
NUTS code: UK
Postal code: G2 6HQ
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1412482700
Fax: +44 1412481600

I.2)Information about joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at:

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local agency/office

I.5)Main activity

Economic and financial affairs

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Flexible Content Design Resource Framework

Reference number: P20-0108

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Scottish Enterprise (SE) requires the provision of a single supplier framework for a flexible content design resource to undertake content development, SEO, analytics, social media and content maintenance and strategy support across our own and partner digital channels.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 1 000 000.00 GBP

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: UKM

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Scottish Enterprise requires a flexible content design resource to undertake content development, SEO, analytics, social media and content maintenance and strategy support across our own and partner digital channels. Content includes written copy for online and offline channels.

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

Value excluding VAT: 1 000 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

This contract is for 3 years with a 1-year optional extension. Re-procurement will take place either in either December 2022 or December 2023 depending on whether the 1-year optional extension is utilised.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
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

Open procedure

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with a single operator
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

Notice number in the OJ S: 2018/S 030-065257

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 24/02/2020
Local time: 11:00
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:


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

Duration in months: 1 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 24/02/2020
Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

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

December 2023.

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

Suppliers must submit their tender responses through the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) procurement portal – The invitation to tender documentation is available for download from there.

Suppliers should submit their completed tender responses through the secure postbox on Public Contracts Scotland no later than the deadline indicated. An automated email will be sent to suppliers by Public Contracts Scotland to confirm the submission has been despatched. If the supplier does not receive this email they should confirm the status of their submission with Public Contracts Scotland before the deadline and allow time to arrange despatch.

Dates and other information contained in this notice are communicated as being indicative only and may be subject to change.

The contracting authority does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any offer.

The contracting authority reserves the right to accept part of 1 or more offers.

The contracting authority will not be liable for any costs incurred by those expressing an interest in or tendering for this contract.

Compliance with all relevant legislation is required during the tendering process and the terms of any resulting contract.

Bidders may be required to attend for interview.

Any contract awarded will be subject to the law of Scotland.

The contracting authority reserves the right to source the services through existing framework agreements.

The contracting authority reserves the right to assign all or part of any contracts resulting from this process.

Note: to register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland website at

The buyer has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the postbox facility. A user guide is available at

Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems.

Community benefits are included in this requirement. For more information see:

A summary of the expected community benefits has been provided as follows:

It is considered that community benefit activities suggested in the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (see link above) under the following National Outcomes would be applicable to this contract:

National Outcome 2 — we realise our full economic potential with more and better employment opportunities for our people;

National Outcome 3 — we are better educated, more skilled and more successful, renowned for our research and innovation;

National Outcome 4 — our young people are successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens

(SC Ref:606524)

Download the ESPD document here:

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Glasgow Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court
Postal address: Sheriff Clerk’s Office, PO Box 23, 1 Carlton Place
Town: Glasgow
Postal code: G5 9DA
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1414298888Internet address:

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

Official name: Scottish Procurement
Postal address: 5 Atlantic Quay
Town: Glasgow
Postal code: G2 8LU
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1412425466Internet address:

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

In the first instance, contact the senior director of facilities management and procurement at Scottish Enterprise, with any concerns or enquiries.


An economic operator that suffers, or risks suffering, loss or damage attributable to a breach of duty under the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/88) (as amended) may bring proceedings in the Sheriff Court or the Court of Session.

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

Official name: Scottish Procurement
Postal address: 5 Atlantic Quay
Town: Glasgow
Postal code: G2 8LU
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1412425466Internet address:

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: