United Kingdom-Edinburgh: Research services
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: http://www.scotland.gov.uk
Address of the buyer profile: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA10482
Section II: Object
Market Research Framework Agreement.
The Scottish Ministers wish to award a Framework Agreement for the provision of Market Research Services. The Framework will be multi-supplier with up to five suppliers appointed.
Market Research Services require research specialists to advise and implement a range of market and customer research activities covering many aspects of communications work. This will include the development, creation and delivery of effective and measurable marketing communications programmes as well as elements of wider activities, either individually or a combination of strategic planning, field marketing, direct marketing and partnership marketing.
To access PCS-Tender, record your interest in this notice and access the tender documentation please visit:
https://www.publictendersscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk and search for project code 6789 under ITTs Open to All Suppliers.
The Framework Agreement will be available for use by the Scottish Ministers (including Agencies), Scottish Non-Departmental Public Bodies, offices in the Scottish Administration which are not ministerial offices, cross- border public authorities within the meaning of section 88(5) of the Scotland Act 1998, the Scotland Office, the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, councils constituted under section 2 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, the Scottish Police Authority, Scottish health boards or special health boards, all NHS Scotland, The Integrated Joint Boards established further to the Public Bodies (Joint Working) Act 2014, bodies registered as social landlords under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001, Student Loans Company Limited, the Forestry Commission, the Commissioner of Northern Lighthouse operating as the Northern Lighthouse Board, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Business Stream Ltd, the Business Gateway National Unit at the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, further or higher education institutions being fundable bodies within the meaning of section 6 of the further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005, any public body established by or under the Scotland Act 1998 or any Act of the Scottish Parliament, any association of or formed by one or more of the foregoing, bodies financed wholly or mainly by one or more of the foregoing, bodies subject to management supervision by one or more of the foregoing and bodies more than half of the board of directors or members of which, or, in the case of a group of individuals, more than half of those individuals, being appointed by one or more of the foregoing. In addition to the contracting authorities listed, the framework agreement will be available to charities entered on the Scottish Charity Register and voluntary organisations entered on the Membership Database of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.
Information about Scottish Public Bodies is available at:
Information about the Review of Public Procurement in Scotland and links to the other Centres of Expertise are available at:
The Marketing Services requirements have been divided into 5 separate frameworks rather than a single framework with separate lots.
Detailed award criteria are stated in the procurement documents.
Work to renew the Framework will commence within the 4 year period.
Economic operators may be excluded from this competition if they are in any of the situations referred to in Regulation 58 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
This section refers to Section B of Part IV of the ESPD (Scotland) and covers question 4B.5.
4B.5.1 to 4B.5.3. It is a requirement of this framework/contract that bidders hold or can commit to obtain prior to the commencement of any subsequently awarded framework/contract the types and levels of insurance indicated below:
Employer's (Compulsory) Liability Insurance = 5 000 000 GBP
Public Liability Insurance = 1 000 000 GBP per incident
Professional Indemnity Insurance = 1 000 000 GBP per incident.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
Within 4 years.
The buyer is using PCS-Tender to conduct this ITT exercise. The Project code is Project_6789. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2343
A sub-contract clause has been included in this contract. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2363
Community benefits are included in this requirement. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2361
A summary of the expected community benefits has been provided as follows:
The Authority requires the Contractor to work proactively to support the Scottish Government's sustainability objectives. Tenderers must confirm that, where appropriate, they will support the Scottish Ministers policies on Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility in delivering the service required.
An economic operator that suffers or risks suffering loss or damage attributable to a breach of duty under the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 may bring proceedings in the Sheriff Court of Session.