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United Kingdom-Leicester: Disposable catering supplies
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: http://www.espo.org/
Section II: Object
45_19 Catering Consumables (Recyclable, Compostable, Biodegradable and Disposable)
ESPO is seeking to establish a multi-supplier framework for the direct supply of a wide range of catering consumables and associated products, covering items such as disposable cutlery, tableware and cups, food packaging, cling film and foil, and kitchen hygiene products.
It is envisaged that customers will require some of these products to be environmentally sustainable (recyclable, biodegradable, compostable, etc.) and to include premium and standard product ranges to reflect changes in consumer demand.
(a) Go to www.eastmidstenders.org;
(c) Search for tender opportunity “45_19”;
(d) Express an interest;
(e) Download the tender from the website.
It is envisaged that customers will require some of these products to be environmentally sustainable (recyclable, biodegradable, compostable, etc.) and to include premium and standard product ranges to reflect changes in consumer demand. The framework has not been divided into lots as the requirement is for suppliers who are able to deliver a wide range of catering consumables and associated products. Suppliers will be able to select which geographical regions they are able to deliver to.
As a Central Purchasing Body as defined by the EU Procurement Directive 2014/24/EU, the Framework Agreement is open for use by Public Bodies (defined at https://www.espo.org/ESPO/media/Documents/FAQs/ESPO-s_powers_to_trade__website_-2016-12-22.pdf) that also fall into one of the following classifications of user throughout all administrative regions of the UK: Local Authorities; Educational Establishments (including Academies); Central Government Departments and Agencies; Police, Fire and Rescue and Coastguard Emergency Services; NHS and HSC Bodies, including Ambulance Services; Registered Charities; Registered Social Landlords; or any public body established by or under the Scotland Act 1998 or any Act of the Scottish Parliament. Details of the classification of end user establishments and geographical areas are available at: http://www.espo.org/About-us-%281%29/FAQs/Legal.
ESPO has established a commercial trading company, ESPO Trading Limited, whose target clients are third sector organisations such as national and local charities, public sector mutual organisations and other organisations involved in the delivery of services to or for the public sector. The successful Supplier may be asked to enter into an additional separate Framework Agreement (the Second Framework) with ESPO Trading Limited on materially similar terms to that found in the tender pack to be entered into by ESPO itself. Any Second Framework agreement will be a purely commercial agreement and will, for the avoidance of doubt, not be governed by the Public Contract Regulations 2015 or other public procurement legislation. ESPO Trading Limited may enter into the second Framework Agreement with the successful supplier and make it available to third sector clients who themselves are not required to follow the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 or other public procurement legislation. Accordingly, this is provided for bidders' information only.
The Framework Agreement has the option to extend for up to a further 24 months. The total estimated value stated in Section II.1.5 includes the option period.
An eAuction process may be used to award subsequent call off contracts following the reopening of competition among the parties to the Framework Agreement.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
This contract will operate on-going contract monitoring procedures following award, to ensure financial stability requirements are maintained.
Credit rating checks will be carried out on a regular basis, using the credit rating agency, Creditsafe Business Solutions Ltd.
Any changes will be assessed (compared with a baseline credit rating score obtained at contract award stage) and significant changes or sustained degradation will be investigated.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
Internet address: www.espo.org
ESPO will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. Applicants who are unsuccessful shall be informed by ESPO as soon as possible after the decision has been made as to the reasons why the applicant was unsuccessful. If an appeal regarding the award of the contract has not been successfully resolved, The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2105 No. 102) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take legal action. Any such action must be brought within the applicable limitation period. Where a contract has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order for any document to be amended and may award damages, make a declaration of ineffectiveness, order for a fine to be paid, and/or order the duration of the contract be shortened. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow the parties to apply to the Courts to set aside the award decision before the contract is entered into.