Tender for Trade Advisory Services in the European Union

Tender for Trade Advisory Services in the European Union

10 Lots. Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) – Lot No: 1.

United Kingdom-Belfast: Financial markets administration services

2019/S 247-609652

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Invest NI
Postal address: Bedford Street
Town: Belfast
NUTS code: UK
Postal code: BT2 7FD
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: ssdadmin.cpd@finance-ni.gov.uk
Internet address(es):Main address: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps

Address of the buyer profile: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps

I.2)Information about joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

Economic and financial affairs

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

DfE — Invest NI – Provision of Trade Advisory Services (TAS) in the European Union

II.1.2)Main CPV code

66150000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

DfE — Invest NI – provision of trade advisory services (TAS) in the European Union.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 2 800 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for maximum number of lots: 10
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg)

Lot No: 1

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

75110000
75000000
75111100
75111200
75120000
75130000
75211110
66100000
73000000
73100000
73200000
73300000
73400000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

UK.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

DfE — Invest NI – Provision of Trade Advisory Services (TAS) in the European Union.

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: 2 800 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 12
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The contract will be established for an initial period of 1 year, with the option to extend the contract for another 2 further periods of 2 years. The maximum length of the contract will be a 5-year period.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

The contract will be established for an initial period of 1 year, with the option to extend the contract for another 2 further periods of 2 years. The maximum length of the contract will be a 5-year period.

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Nordics (Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark)

Lot No: 2

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

75110000
75000000
75111100
75111200
75120000
75130000
75211110
66100000
73000000
73100000
73200000
73300000
73400000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

DfE — Invest NI – Provision of Trade Advisory Services (TAS) in the European Union.

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: 2 800 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 12
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The contract will be established for an initial period of 1 year, with the option to extend the contract for another 2 further periods of 2 years. The maximum length of the contract will be a 5-year period.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

The contract will be established for an initial period of 1 year, with the option to extend the contract for another 2 further periods of 2 years. The maximum length of the contract will be a 5-year period.

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Central and Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary)

Lot No: 3

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

75110000
75000000
75111100
75111200
75120000
75130000
75211110
66100000
73000000
73100000
73200000
73300000
73400000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

DfE — Invest NI – Provision of Trade Advisory Services (TAS) in the European Union

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: 2 800 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 12
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The contract will be established for an initial period of 1 year, with the option to extend the contract for another 2 further periods of 2 years. The maximum length of the contract will be a 5-year period.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

The contract will be established for an initial period of 1 year, with the option to extend the contract for another 2 further periods of 2 years. The maximum length of the contract will be a 5-year period.

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

German Speaking Markets (Germany, Austria and Switzerland)

Lot No: 4

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

75110000
75000000
75111100
75111200
75120000
75130000
75211110
66100000
73000000
73100000
73200000
73300000
73400000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

DfE — Invest NI – Provision of Trade Advisory Services (TAS) in the European Union

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: 2 800 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 12
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The contract will be established for an initial period of 1 year, with the option to extend the contract for another 2 further periods of 2 years. The maximum length of the contract will be a 5-year period.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

The contract will be established for an initial period of 1 year, with the option to extend the contract for another 2 further periods of 2 years. The maximum length of the contract will be a 5-year period.

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

France

Lot No: 5

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

75110000
75000000
75111100
75111200
75120000
75130000
75211110
66100000
73000000
73100000
73200000
73300000
73400000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

DfE — Invest NI – Provision of Trade Advisory Services (TAS) in the European Union

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: 2 800 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 12
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The contract will be established for an initial period of 1 year, with the option to extend the contract for another 2 further periods of 2 years. The maximum length of the contract will be a 5-year period.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

The contract will be established for an initial period of 1 year, with the option to extend the contract for another 2 further periods of 2 years. The maximum length of the contract will be a 5-year period.

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Italy

Lot No: 6

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

75110000
75000000
75111100
75111200
75120000
75130000
75211110
66100000
73000000
73100000
73200000
73300000
73400000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

DfE — Invest NI – Provision of Trade Advisory Services (TAS) in the European Union

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: 2 800 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 12
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The contract will be established for an initial period of 1 year, with the option to extend the contract for another 2 further periods of 2 years. The maximum length of the contract will be a 5-year period.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

The contract will be established for an initial period of 1 year, with the option to extend the contract for another 2 further periods of 2 years. The maximum length of the contract will be a 5-year period.

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Spain and Portugal

Lot No: 7

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

75110000
75000000
75111100
75111200
75120000
75130000
75211110
66100000
73000000
73100000
73200000
73300000
73400000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

DfE — Invest NI – Provision of Trade Advisory Services (TAS) in the European Union

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: 2 800 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 12
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The contract will be established for an initial period of 1 year, with the option to extend the contract for another 2 further periods of 2 years. The maximum length of the contract will be a 5-year period.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

The contract will be established for an initial period of 1 year, with the option to extend the contract for another 2 further periods of 2 years. The maximum length of the contract will be a 5-year period.

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Turkey

Lot No: 8

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

75110000
75000000
75111100
75111200
75120000
75130000
75211110
66100000
73000000
73100000
73200000
73300000
73400000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

DfE — Invest NI – Provision of Trade Advisory Services (TAS) in the European Union

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: 2 800 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 12
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The contract will be established for an initial period of 1 year, with the option to extend the contract for another 2 further periods of 2 years. The maximum length of the contract will be a 5-year period.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

The contract will be established for an initial period of 1 year, with the option to extend the contract for another 2 further periods of 2 years. The maximum length of the contract will be a 5-year period.

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Russia

Lot No: 9

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

75110000
75000000
75111100
75111200
75120000
75130000
75211110
66100000
73000000
73100000
73200000
73300000
73400000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

DfE — Invest NI – Provision of Trade Advisory Services (TAS) in the European Union

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: 2 800 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 12
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The contract will be established for an initial period of 1 year, with the option to extend the contract for another 2 further periods of 2 years. The maximum length of the contract will be a 5-year period.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

The contract will be established for an initial period of 1 year, with the option to extend the contract for another 2 further periods of 2 years. The maximum length of the contract will be a 5-year period.

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland

Lot No: 10

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

75110000
75000000
75111100
75111200
75120000
75130000
75211110
66100000
73000000
73100000
73200000
73300000
73400000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

DfE — Invest NI – Provision of Trade Advisory Services (TAS) in the European Union

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: 2 800 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 12
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The contract will be established for an initial period of 1 year, with the option to extend the contract for another 2 further periods of 2 years. The maximum length of the contract will be a 5-year period.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

The contract will be established for an initial period of 1 year, with the option to extend the contract for another 2 further periods of 2 years. The maximum length of the contract will be a 5-year period.

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

List and brief description of selection criteria:

As per tender documentation.

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

As per tender documentation.

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

List and brief description of selection criteria:

As per tender documentation.

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

As per tender documentation.

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:

As per tender documentation.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
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
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: 20/01/2020
Local time: 15:00
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:

English

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

Tender must be valid until: 19/04/2020

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 20/01/2020
Local time: 15:30

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

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:

The successful contractor’s performance on the contract will be regularly monitored. Contractors not delivering on contract requirements is a serious matter. It means the public purse is not getting what it is paying for. If a contractor fails to reach satisfactory levels of contract performance they will be given a specified time to improve. If, after the specified time, they still fail to reach satisfactory levels of contract performance, the matter will be escalated to senior management in CPD for further action. If this occurs and their performance still does not improve to satisfactory levels within the specified period, it may be regarded as an act of grave professional misconduct and they may be issued with a certificate of unsatisfactory performance and the contract may be terminated. The issue of a certificate of unsatisfactory performance will result in the contractor being excluded from all procurement competitions being undertaken by Centres of Procurement Expertise on behalf of bodies covered by the Northern Ireland Procurement Policy for a period of twelve months from the date of issue of the certificate.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: The UK does not have any special review body with responsibility for appeal/mediation procedures in public procurement competitions. Instead, any challenges are dealt with by the High Court, Commercial Division to which proceedings may be issued regarding alleged breaches of the Public Contracts.
Town: Belfast
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

CPD will comply with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and, where appropriate, will incorporate a standstill period (i.e. a minimum of 10 calendar days) at the point information on the award of contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. This provides time for the unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into.

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

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

18/12/2019