Supply of Library Subscription Services to AHDB

AHDB are looking to appoint a sole supplier to provide a reliable and effective Subscription Agent Service that would cater for our needs in library service at AHDB.

Supply of Library Subscription Services

Contract summary



  • Printed matter and related products – 22000000

Location of contract


Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

19 October 2022

Closing date

6 December 2022

Closing time


Contract start date

1 March 2023

Contract end date

31 March 2028

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (above threshold)

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?




AHDB are looking to appoint a sole supplier to provide a reliable and effective Subscription Agent Service that would cater for our needs in library service at AHDB. The Library and Information Service supports all divisions across at AHDB and provides stakeholders with current books (Print and e-books), journal subscriptions (both online and print), document supply, British Library and Legal Deposit Libraries requests and other materials. In addition, it funds the development and maintenance of a digital repository and archive collection.

The Library and Information Service saves AHDB staff time and money, centralising resources and helping keep staff up to date with new developments in the industry. The purpose is to provide a relevant and cost-effective information service to AHDB divisions to support them in making our industry more competitive and sustainable, by promulgating factual, evidence-based advice and information. Subscriptions can be online, print copies or both, and delivered by either Royal Mail or other equivalent delivery methods to AHDB HQ or other specified addresses.
AHDB require an assigned Account Manager and access to an online portal. All details are provided within the Specification. Please follow instructions on how to access.


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Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender and respond to the opportunity

1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once)
Browse to the eSourcing Portal: and click the link to register Accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’
Enter your correct business and user details – Note the username you chose and click ‘Save’ when complete
You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure)

2. Express an Interest in the tender
Login to the portal with the username/password
Click the ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier) – Click on the relevant ITT to access the content.
Click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page.
This will move the ITT into your ‘My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only) You can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘ITT Details’ box

3. Responding to the tender
Click ‘My Response’ under ‘ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining)
You can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification – Note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the ITT
There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available) You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help.


How to apply


Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.


About the buyer



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