Take It Away Credit Services Provider Contract

Take It Away Credit Services Provider Contract

Provision of consumer credit services for the purchase of musical instruments and associated goods and services.

United Kingdom-London: Financial and insurance services

2017/S 042-076828

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Creative Sector Services CIC (trading as Creative United)
Somerset House, Strand
United Kingdom
Contact person: Mary-Alice Stack
Telephone: +44 2077591111
E-mail: mary-alice.stack@creativeunited.org.uk
NUTS code: UK
Internet address(es):Main address: www.creativeunited.org.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.mytenders.org/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA39150

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:http://www.creativeunited.org.uk/about-us/news/tender-opportunity-take-it-away-credit-provider-contract/
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Other type: publicly funded Community Interest Company

I.5)Main activity

Recreation, culture and religion

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Take It Away Credit Provider Contract.

Reference number: CU/TIA/2017

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Provision of consumer credit services for the purchase of musical instruments and associated goods and services.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 1 380 000.00 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: UK
Main site or place of performance:


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

A tender opportunity is offered by Creative Sector Services CIC (trading as Creative United), for the provision of consumer credit services for the Take it away scheme commencing 1.8.2017 for a period of 24 months, with provision for Creative United to extend the contract for 2 further 12 month periods (subject to performance review in accordance with the terms and conditions of contract).

Take it away is a publicly funded initiative designed to make it more affordable for people to get involved in learning and playing music by providing interest free loans of between 100 GBP and 5 000 GBP for the purchase of a musical instrument plus any associated goods or services they may need (such as a block of tuition) in order to get started.

The Scheme is primarily focused on assisting parents over the age of 18 with the purchase an instrument for a child under the age of 18 (‘Under 18s scheme’), and young musicians aged 18-25 who can apply to use the scheme in their own right (‘18-25s scheme’).

Take it away is operated by Creative United using public funds received under a grant agreement with Arts Council England. The scheme is open to all qualifying UK residents over the age of 18 and made available via a network of approved musical instrument retailers in England. Creative United also operates a variation of the scheme in partnership with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland which is available exclusively to Northern Ireland Residents over the age of 18.

The awarded contract would cover the provision of the Scheme through the network of retailers in England and in Northern Ireland. The opportunity may also exist for the Scheme to be extended to include a network of retailers in Wales and/or Scotland subject to the agreement and financial support of their respective Arts Councils.

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: 1 380 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

2 further periods of 12 months, subject to performance review in accordance with the terms and conditions of contract.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged minimum number: 3

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

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession
Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision:

Candidates must be authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority in order to perform the services required.

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

Competitive procedure with negotiation
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated

IV.1.5)Information about negotiation

The contracting authority reserves the right to award the contract on the basis of the initial tenders without conducting negotiations
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

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

Date: 29/03/2017
Local time: 12:00

IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

Date: 31/03/2017

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: 2 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

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

Further notice to be published in February 2021 at the latest.

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used

VI.3)Additional information:

Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the myTenders Web Site at http://www.myTenders.org/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=194033

(MT Ref: 194033).

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Creative Sector Services CIC (trading as Creative United)
Somerset House, Strand
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2077591111Internet address:www.creativeunited.org.uk
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
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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