Services - 393510-2016

09/11/2016    S216    - - Services - Contract notice - Open procedure 

United Kingdom-Edinburgh: Research services

2016/S 216-393510

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Scottish Government
Victoria Quay, Leith
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ
United Kingdom
Contact person: Lynda Collin
Telephone: +44 1312440434
E-mail: lynda.collin@gov.scot
NUTS code: UKM

Internet address(es):

Main address: http://www.scotland.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA10482

I.2)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://www.publictenderscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://www.publictenderscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at: https://www.publictenderscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
I.5)Main activity
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

Market Research Framework Agreement.

Reference number: SP-16-011
II.1.2)Main CPV code
73110000
II.1.3)Type of contract
Services
II.1.4)Short description:

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.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 5 000 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKM
Main site or place of performance:

Scotland.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

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:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Government/public-bodies/about

Information about the Review of Public Procurement in Scotland and links to the other Centres of Expertise are available at:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Government/Procurement

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.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Criteria below
Quality criterion - Name: Quality / Weighting: 60
Price - Weighting: 40
II.2.6)Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 5 000 000.00 GBP
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Work to renew the Framework will commence within the 4 year period.

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

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

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:

This section refers to Section B of Part IV of the ESPD (Scotland) and covers question 4B.5.

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

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.

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
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:
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
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement: 5
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
Notice number in the OJ S: 2011/S 231-374985
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 14/12/2016
Local time: 12:00
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
Duration in months: 9 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 14/12/2016
Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published:

Within 4 years.

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 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.

(SC Ref:461592).

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Scottish Procurement and Commercial Directorate
Victoria Quay, Leith
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ
United Kingdom

Internet address:http://www.scotland.gov.uk

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

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.

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
07/11/2016