Scottish Government Interpreting, Translation and Transcription Services Framework

Scottish Government Interpreting, Translation and Transcription Services Framework

The Framework will comprise of one Lot with a 1st and 2nd ranked Supplier being appointed.

United Kingdom-Glasgow: Interpretation services

2017/S 101-201501

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Scottish Government
5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw
G2 8LU
United Kingdom
Contact person: Kath Cowan
Telephone: +44 1412420129
NUTS code: UKM

I.2)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

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Interpreting, Translation and Transcription Services Framework Agreement.

Reference number: SP-16-016

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The Scottish Ministers wish to award a Framework Agreement for the provision of Interpreting, Translation and Transcription services. The Framework will comprise of one Lot with a 1st and 2nd ranked Supplier being appointed. Interpreting, Translation and Transcription services includes face to face interpreting, telephone spoken language interpreting and document translation and transcription services to fulfil the current and evolving needs of the Framework Public Bodies.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 12 000 000.00 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
Main site or place of performance:


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

1.4 The framework agreement will be available for use by the Scottish Ministers (including Agencies), Scottish Non-Departmental Public Bodies, offices in the Scottish Administration which are not ministerial offices, cross-border public authorities within the meaning of section 88(5) of the Scotland Act 1998, the Scotland Office, the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Scottish Police Authority, Scottish health boards or special health boards, all NHS Scotland, Student Loans Company Limited, the Forestry Commission, the Commissioner of Northern Lighthouse operating as the Northern Lighthouse Board, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Business Stream Ltd, any public body established by or under the Scotland Act 1998 or any Act of the Scottish Parliament, any association of or formed by one or more of the foregoing, bodies financed wholly or mainly by one or more of the foregoing, bodies subject to management supervision by one or more of the foregoing and bodies more than half of the board of directors or members of which, or, in the case of a group of individuals, more than half of those individuals, being appointed by one or more of the foregoing.

Information about Scottish Public Bodies is available at:

Information about the Review of Public Procurement in Scotland and links to the other Centres of Expertise are available at:

Detailed award criteria are stated in the procurement documents.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Quality Criterion / Weighting: 70
Price – Weighting: 30

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 12 000 000.00 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:

Work to renew the Framework will commence within the 4 year period.

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

Economic Operators may be excluded from this competition if they are in any of the situations referred to in Regulation 58 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015.

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

List and brief description of selection criteria:

This section refers to section B of Part IV of the ESPD (Scotland) and covers questions 4B.4, 4B.5.1, and 4B.5.2 of the ESPD (Scotland):

Statement for 4B4:

Bidders must demonstrate a Current Ratio of greater than 1.

Current Ratio will be calculated as follows: net current assets divided by net current liabilities.

There must be no qualification or contra-indication from any evidence provided in support of the bidders economic and financial standing.

In the event that any tenderer does not meet the financial criteria for consideration but has a parent company that does, the tenderer may still be eligible for consideration where their Tender Submission is supported by a Parent Company Guarantee.

Statement for 4B.5.1 and 4B.5.2:

It is a requirement of this contract that bidders hold or can commit to obtain prior to the commencement of any subsequently awarded contract, the types of insurance indicated below:

Employer’s (Compulsory) Liability Insurance = 5 000 000 GBP.

Public Liability Insurance = 1 000 000 GBP.

Professional Indemnity Insurance = 1 000 000 GBP.

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.1.1)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 several operators
Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement: 2
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: 2016/S 248-454305

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

Date: 07/07/2017
Local time: 12:00
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: 9 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 07/07/2017
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:

Within 4 years.

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic ordering will be used
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used

VI.3)Additional information:

This section refers to Section D of Part II of the ESPD (Scotland)and covers question 2.D.1:

If the Bidder intends to subcontract any share of the contract to third parties, they will be required to list, in so far as known, the proposed subcontractors.

The buyer is using PCS-Tender to conduct this ITT exercise. The Project code is 18408. For more information see:

A sub-contract clause has been included in this contract. For more information see:

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

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

While the following community benefit objectives will not be scored as part of the tender process, tenderers are required to present a community benefit proposal with their tender detailing how, in the event that they should be successful in winning the contract, they will address the following Community Benefit themes:

— targeted recruitment & and training for ‘disadvantaged’ persons unemployed for over 6 months;

— generate employment and training opportunities for priority groups;

— up-skill the existing workforce;

— equality and diversity initiatives;

— make any proposed sub-contracting opportunities available to SMEs, the third sector and supported businesses;

— build capacity in community organisations.

If successful the winning bidder(s) will discuss the content of their Community Benefit proposal and agree a plan for the delivery of the agreed community benefits which will become a condition of the contract.

The Authority requires the Contractor to work proactively to support the Scottish Government’s sustainability objectives. Tenderers must confirm that, where appropriate, they will support the Scottish Ministers policies on Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility in delivering the service required.

(SC Ref:496011).

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Scottish Procurement and Commercial Directorate
5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw
G2 8LU
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1412420129Internet address:
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

An economic operator that suffers or risks suffering loss or damage attributable to a breach under the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 may bring proceedings in the Sheriff Court or Court of Session.

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

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



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