Welsh-English Translation Framework Agreement

Welsh-English Translation Framework Agreement

S4C invites applicants to form part of a panel to supply Welsh/English translation services.

Cytundeb Fframwaith Cyfieithu / Translation Framework Agreement


1 Authority Details


Authority Name and Address


Y Wasg, Parc Ty Glas, Llanishen,


CF14 5DU


Sioned Williams

+44 2920741227


Address from which documentation may be obtained


Parc Ty Glas, Llanishen,


CF14 5DU


+44 2920741227


Completed documents must be returned to:


Parc Ty Glas, Llanishen,


CF14 5DU


+44 2920741227


2 Contract Details



Cytundeb Fframwaith Cyfieithu / Translation Framework Agreement


Description of the goods or services required

1. S4C is the only Welsh language television channel in the world and one of the UK’s five public service television broadcasters. It is an independent broadcasting authority established under the Broadcasting Act 1981, and regulated by the Communications Act 2003 and the Broadcasting Act 1990.

S4C provides a broad range of high quality and diverse programming. The channel airs over 115 hours of Welsh language programming each week. In addition to the above the S4C programme content is available to watch live on the S4C website via broadband and the on-demand service on the s4c.cymru website, via the BBC iPlayer and on YouView, Smart TVs, Sky, Freeview and many other platforms.

S4C is uniquely funded through a mixture of grant in aid, commercial revenue and licence fee contribution from the BBC. In addition the BBC supplies 10 hours a week of programming funded from the licence fee.

2. S4C invites applicants to form part of a panel to supply Welsh/English translation services. S4C is tendering for framework agreements for translation services for letters, documents, reports, marketing materials, guidelines and policies, the Annual Report and Accounts and simultaneous translation. From time to time, S4C will also require the translation of legal documents. Translation from Welsh to English and also from English to Welsh will be required. Translation to other languages will not be required.

We are looking for a limited number of suppliers (a maximum of 6) to form a framework of suppliers. Tenderers will be required to show extensive and successful experience in the field of Welsh/English translation.

Suppliers may tender for the translation of documentation only and may note specialisms e.g. legal documents, or for live simultaneous translation only (if they have expertise in these fields).

Suppliers who form part of this framework will be offered translation work by S4C as the need arises. The work will be on a project or projects basis as required.

S4C intends to offer individual agreements to successful applicants in order to form the framework of suppliers. However, please note that being part of the framework does not guarantee that the successful tenderer will be offered any work. As the work under the contract is as required, the total work available to the suppliers is dependent upon S4C’s internal workload and human and financial resources from time to time.

NOTE: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Sell2Wales Web Site at http://www.sell2wales.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=28431.


Notice Coding and Classification

79530000 Translation services

100 UK – All
1000 WALES
1010 West Wales and The Valleys
1011 Isle of Anglesey
1012 Gwynedd
1013 Conwy and Denbighshire
1014 South West Wales (Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion)
1015 Central Valleys (Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf)
1016 Gwent Valleys (Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly)
1017 Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot
1018 Swansea
1020 East Wales
1021 Monmouthshire and Newport
1022 Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan
1023 Flintshire and Wrexham
1024 Powys


Total quantity or scope of tender

The contract will be for a period of three years with the option to extend for a further 12 months.

3 Conditions for Participation


Minimum standards and qualification required

Tenders are invited from economic operators which are able to demonstrate experience of successfully providing translation services.

4 Administrative Information


Type of Procedure

Single stage – Any candidate may submit a tender.


Reference number attributed to the notice by the contracting authority



Time Limits

a) Time-limit for obtaining documentation

b) Time-limit for receipt of completed tenders
07-07-2015  Time  12:00

c) Estimated award date 10-07-2015


Language or languages in which tenders or requests to participate can be drawn up



Tender Submission Postbox

5 Other Information


Additional Information

S4C shall not be bound to accept any tender and reserves the right: a) to withdraw from and/or abandon and/or defer this procurement at any time; and/or b) not to award any contract as a result of this procurement.

For further information concerning S4C’s requirements and this tender process please refer to the Invitation to Tender and the Draft Contract attached thereto, a copy of which can be obtained via the S4C website ( www.S4C.co.uk) by clicking on “tenders” and following the link.

Economic operators wishing to participate in this tender must obtain and complete the Invitation to Tender. Applications not submitted in accordance with the Invitation to Tender will not be considered.

S4C reserves the right not to proceed with the award of this contract at any stage of the tendering process and not to accept any tenders submitted.

Within the framework agreement S4C will retain the right to undertake the work intended to be let pursuant to the contract in-house. S4C will not guarantee to any contractor a minimum spend with that contractor if appointed under the framework agreement.

Freedom of Information

S4C is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOI Act”). Information supplied by any economic operator to S4C may be disclosable by S4C under the provisions of the FOI Act. If any economic operator considers that any information supplied by it to S4C pursuant to this contract notice is commercially sensitive or confidential in nature, this should be highlighted explicitly and the reasons for sensitivity set out in full in the expression of interest. This will enable S4C to take account of such sensitivity or confidentiality in deciding whether to release the information in response to freedom of information requests. However, economic operators accept that S4C may disclose such information in response to any request under the FOI Act if S4C determines that it is appropriate to do so.

Data Protection

Economic operators authorise S4C to process all information provided as part of their application and confirm that they have obtained all necessary third party consents to enable S4C to do so.

(WA Ref:28431)


Additional Documentation

GID Cyfieithu Cymraeg
GID Cyfieithu English


Publication date of this notice


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