Spend Analysis and Recovery Services Framework Agreement

Spend Analysis and Recovery Services Framework Agreement

Government Procurement Service as the Contracting Authority is putting in place a pan Government collaborative framework agreement for use by UK public sector bodies.

UK-Liverpool: Auditing services

2013/S 030-047376

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Government Procurement Service
9th Floor The Capital Old Hall Street
L3 9PP Liverpool
Telephone: +44 3450103503
E-mail: supplier@gps.gsi.gov.ukeenablement@gps.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

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)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity

Other: Public Procurement
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

RM1037 Spend Analysis and Recovery Services Framework Agreement.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 9: Accounting, auditing and bookkeeping services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Primarily in the UK with some limited requirements overseas.
NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Framework agreement with several operators
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 5
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 4
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT: 28 000 000 GBP

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

Government Procurement Service as the Contracting Authority is putting in place a pan Government collaborative framework agreement for use by UK public sector bodies identified at VI.3 (and any future successors to these organisations), which include Central Government Departments and their Arm’s Length Bodies and Agencies, Non Departmental Public Bodies, NHS bodies and Local Authorities.
The above public sector bodies have a need for a framework agreement of suppliers who can provide the following services:
— Contract compliance audit based on Contracting Bodies contracts,
— Data analytics on Contracting Bodies spend processes,
— Data analysis of accounts payable systems or other data as requested by a Contracting Body; and
— Spend recovery on behalf of the Contracting Body.
Government Procurement Service reserves the right for an electronic auction to be held by public sector bodies during further competition among the parties to the framework agreement(s).
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79212000, 66171000, 71621000, 72225000, 72300000, 72314000, 79200000, 79210000, 79212100, 79212200, 79313000, 79940000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

This framework agreement is for Spend Analysis and Recovery Services.
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

Participants will be advised if this is necessary during the procurement. Parent company and/or other guarantees of performance and financial liability may be [required by Government Procurement Service] [proposed by participants] if considered appropriate.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

No special legal form is required but if a contract is awarded to a consortium, the Contracting Authority may require the consortium to form a legal entity before entering into the Framework Agreement.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Candidates will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter V11, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to an Invitation to Tender (“ITT”).
The ITT documents will be available for Potential Providers to download from 2.2.2013 via the Government Procurement Service’s website at:

Potential Providers are to note these documents are for information only and are not to be populated or submitted to the Government Procurement Service. To participate in this procurement the Potential Provider is to follow the instructions below.
This procurement will be managed electronically via the Government Procurement Service’s e-Sourcing Suite. To participate in this procurement, participants must first be registered on the e-Sourcing Suite.
If you have not yet registered on the eSourcing Suite, this can be done online at https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk by following the link ‘Register for GPS eSourcing’. Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so. Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at


Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, a registered user can express an interest for a specific procurement. This is done by emailing ExpressionOfInterest@gps.gsi.gov.uk.

Your email must clearly state: the name and reference for the procurement you wish to register for; the name of the registered supplier; and the name and contact details for the registered individual sending the email. Government Procurement Service will process the email and then enable the supplier to access the procurement online via the e-Sourcing Suite. The registered user will receive a notification email to alert them once this has been done.
As a user of the e-Sourcing Suite you will have access to Emptoris email messaging service which facilitates all messages sent to you and from you in relation to any specific RFX event. Please note it is your responsibility to access these emails on a regular basis to ensure you have sight of all relevant information.
For technical assistance on use of the e-Sourcing Suite please contact Government Procurement Service Helpdesk : Freephone: 0345 010 3503
email: supplier@gps.gsi.gov.uk

Responses must be published by the date in IV.3.4.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Candidates will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter V11, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to an ITT.
The ITT can be accessed at: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk using the instructions detailed in III.2.1

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Candidates will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter V11, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to an ITT.
The ITT can be accessed at: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk using the instructions detailed in III.2.1

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Potential Providers will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter VII, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to an ITT.

III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: yes
Additional information about electronic auction: eAuctions may be used to complete a further competition on the Framework Agreement.
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

25.3.2013 – 15:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

in days: 120 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 25.3.2013 – 15:00

Electronically, via web-based portal.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information

It is anticipated that the duration of the framework agreement will be for a period of 2 years (24 months) with the Government Procurement Service reserving the right to extend the framework agreement for two further consecutive periods of up to 12 months each from the date of expiry of the initial 2 year and subsequently from the date of the first extension period.
Each Potential Provider that participates in the procurement exercise shall bear the costs of responding to the ITT and participation in the procurement process generally.
Any date given in Section IV above is a best estimate at the time of despatch of this contract notice.
Potential suppliers should note that, in accordance with the UK Government’s policies on transparency, Government Procurement Service intends to publish the Invitation to Tender (ITT) document and the text of any framework agreement awarded, subject to possible redactions at the discretion of Government Procurement Service. The terms of the proposed framework agreement will also permit a public sector contracting authority, awarding a contract under this framework agreement, to publish the text of that contract, subject to possible redactions at the discretion of the Contracting Authority. Further information on transparency can be found at:

The Contracting Authority expressly reserves the right (i) not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and (ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition; and in no circumstances will the Contracting Authority be liable for any costs incurred by the candidates. If the Contracting Authority decides to enter into a framework agreement with the successful supplier, this does not mean that there is any guarantee of subsequent contracts being awarded. Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to contract award is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgement of potential suppliers. Any orders placed under this framework agreement will form a separate contract under the scope of this framework between the supplier and the specific requesting other contracting body. The Contracting Authority and other contracting bodies utilising the framework reserve the right to use any electronic portal during the life of the agreement.
The duration referenced in Section II.1.4 is for the placing of orders.
The value provided in Section II.1.4 is only an estimate. We cannot guarantee to suppliers any business through this framework agreement.
Government Procurement Service wishes to establish a framework agreement for use by the following UK public sector bodies (and any future successors to these organisations):
– Central Government Departments, Executive Agencies and NDPBs

– Public Corporations
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
BNFL plc
Export Credits Guarantee Department
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
Royal Mail Group plc
United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
Partnerships UK
Royal Mint
Defence Aviation Repair Agency (DARA)
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
Met Office
UK Hydrographic Office
Forensic Science Service
Actis Capital LLP
CDC Group plc
Working Links Limited
British Waterways Authority
Covent Garden Market Authority
Channel 4
The Tote
Ordnance Survey
QEII Conference Centre
Northern Ireland Water
Scottish Water
For the avoidance of doubt, all other organisations listed in Schedule 1 to the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended) shall be entitled to access this Framework.
– Local Authorities

any commercial, not-for-profit, or other charitable entity created, controlled and financed by a local authority or authorities with regard to provision of services captured by this framework


– National Parks Authorities

– Educational Establishments in England and Wales, maintained by the Department for Children, Schools and Families including Schools, Universities and Colleges but NOT
Independent Schools

– Police Forces in the United Kingdom

– Fire and Rescue Services (including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)

– NHS Bodies England including Acute Trusts, Ambulance Trusts, Primary Care trusts, Care Trusts, NHS Hospital Trusts, Foundation Trusts, Strategic Health Authorities, Mental Health Trusts, Special Health Authorities, Community Health Councils, Local Health Boards, NHS Trusts, including Ambulance Trusts.



– Hospices
Hospices in UK including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

– Registered Social Landlords (Housing Associations)


– Third Sector and Charities



– Citizens Advice

– Scottish Public Bodies
Scottish Government

Scottish Local Authorities

Scottish Agencies, NDPBs

Scottish NHS Bodies

Scottish Further and Higher Education Bodies

Scottish Police

Scottish Fire and Rescue

Scottish Housing Associations

Scottish Parliament

The Scotland Office

Scotland Citizens Advice

Scottish Schools
Primary Schools

Secondary Schools

Special Schools

– Welsh Public Bodies National Assembly for Wales, Welsh Assembly Government and Welsh Local Authorities



NHS Wales

NHS Wales GP Practices

NI Public Bodies
Northern Ireland Government Departments

Northern Ireland Public Sector Bodies and Local Authorities

Schools in Northern Ireland

Further and Higher Education in Northern Ireland

Health and Social care in Northern Ireland





Police Service of Northern Ireland

Citizens Advice Northern Ireland


VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Government Procurement Service
9th Floor The Capital Old Hall Street
L3 9PP Liverpool
E-mail: supplier@gps.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 3450103503
Internet address: http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Centre for Effective Dispute Resolutions
International Dispute Resolution Centre, 70 Fleet Street
EC4Y 1EU London
E-mail: info@cedr.com
Telephone: +44 2075366000
Internet address: http://www.cedr.com
Fax: +44 2075366001

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. Applicants who are unsuccessful shall be informed by the Authority as soon as possible after the decision has been made as to the reasons why the Applicant was unsuccessful. If an appeal regarding the award of the contract has not been successfully resolved, The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No. 5) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take legal action. Any such action must be brought within the applicable limitation period. Where a contract has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the Court may, depending on the circumstances, award damages, make a declaration of ineffectiveness, order the Authority to pay a fine, and/or order that the duration of the contract be shortened. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow the parties to apply to the Courts to set aside the award decision before the contract is entered into.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Government Procurement Service
9th Floor, The Capital, Old Hall Street
L3 9PP Liverpool
E-mail: supplier@gps.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 3450103503
Internet address: http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:7.2.2013