Services - 111177-2015

31/03/2015    S63    - - Services - Contract notice - Restricted procedure 

United Kingdom-Swindon: Social research services

2015/S 063-111177

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

UK Shared Business Services Ltd
North Star House, North Star Avenue
Contact point(s): Research Team
SN2 1FF Swindon
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1793867005
E-mail: research@uksbs.co.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.uksbs.co.uk

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: UK Shared Business Services Ltd
E-mail: expressionofinterest@ccs.gsi.gov.uk
Internet address: http://ccs.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/i-am-supplier/respondtender

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: UK Shared Business Services Ltd
E-mail: expressionofinterest@ccs.gsi.gov.uk
Internet address: http://ccs.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/i-am-supplier/respondtender

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity
Other: Public Procurement
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

See VI.3

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
UK SBS BIS Research and Evaluation Framework.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 8: Research and development services

NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 4

Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 40 000 000 and 90 000 000 GBP
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
Services for the provision of Research and Evaluation in the following areas:
Lot 1: Commercial, Economic and Social Impact Assessment and Analysis
— Large scale economic and social impact assessments and surveys;
— Analysis at national, regional and local levels;
— International comparisons;
— Research into economic and social impact on various groups and communities;
— Shareholder rights, employee engagement and executive pay;
— Diversity on Boards;
— Business and Human Rights;
— Attitude/opinion polling.
Lot 2: Financial, Regulatory Economic and Econometric Forecasting Analysis
— Design, production and population of econometric and statistical models;
— Value added analysis;
— Benchmarking;
— Company law and corporate governance;
— Debt and Equity finance analysis;
— Supply and demand in individual finance markets;
— Costs and benefits of regulation and its compliance;
Lot 3: Programme and Pilot Evaluation
Reviews of individual programmes and pilots to evaluate:
— The design, planning and implementation of the programme;
— The impact of the programme on the target group;
— Value for money analysis;
— Cost benefit analysis;
— How well it meets the policy and priorities;
— Formative evaluation of policy context and process.
Lot 4: Comparative Evaluation
Reviews aimed at providing a more strategic view of performance;
— Reviewing the appropriateness of programmes, policies and priorities in providing the services required by Government, target groups and other stakeholders;
— Reviewing the efficiency and effectiveness of processes in designing, planning and implementing programmes, policies and priorities;
— Evaluation of all or a number of programmes aimed at a particular group;
— Meta-analysis of evaluations;
— Systematic Reviews and Rapid Evidence Assessments;
— Developing the evaluation and monitoring framework for a project or programme.
Lot 5: Thematic Analysis
— Short term projects focussing on specific policy areas;
— Literature reviews;
— Horizon scanning/exploratory research;
— Bespoke think pieces;
— Developing theories to respond to a strategic question with a clear evidence base.
Lot 6: Behavioural and Experimental Research
— Random control trials and experimental methods;
— Quasi-experimental methods;
— Behavioural and/or decision making research and analysis;
— Synthesis of behavioural science evidence.
Lot 7: Specialist research and advice in the remuneration area
— Valuation and benchmarking of pay and other benefits;
— Job evaluation and pay structure design;
— Assessing and responding to recruitment and retention and staff motivation issues;
— Case studies, surveys and literature reviews in the remuneration area;
— UK private sector practice on labour market and reward issues.
Lot 8: Pensions
— Actuarial pension scheme valuation and assessment;
— Comparison of pensions scheme benefits and reward packages;
— Pension trends and policy in the UK public and private sectors.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79315000, 79315000, 79311000, 79311100, 79311200, 79311300, 79311400, 79311410, 79311210, 79312000, 79314000, 79313000, 73430000, 79300000, 79330000, 79342311

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.8)Lots
This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots
II.1.9)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
Services for the provision of Research and Evaluation in the following areas:
Commercial, Economic and Social Impact Assessment and Analysis.
Financial, Regulatory Economic and Econometric Forecasting Analysis.
Programme and Pilot Evaluation
Comparative Evaluation
Thematic Analysis
Behavioural and Experimental Research
Specialist research and advice in the remuneration area
Pensions
About UK Shared Business Services
Putting the business into shared services
UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS) brings a commercial attitude to the public sector; helping our customers improve efficiency, generate savings and modernise.
It is our vision to become the leading provider for our customers of shared business services in the UK public sector, continuously reducing cost and
improving quality of business services for Government and the public sector.
Our broad range of expert services is shared by our
customers. This allows our customers the freedom to focus resources on core activities; innovating and
transforming their own organisations. Core services include Procurement, Finance, Grants
Admissions, Human Resources, Payroll, ISS, and
Property Asset Management all underpinned by our
Service Delivery and Contact Centre teams.
UK SBS is a people rather than task focused
business. It's what makes us different to the traditional transactional shared services centre. What is more,being a not-for-profit organisation owned by its customers, UK SBS' goals are aligned with the public sector and delivering best value for the UK taxpayer. UK Shared Business Services Ltd changed its name from RCUK Shared Services Centre Ltd in March 2013.
Our Customers Growing from a foundation of supporting the Research Councils, 2012/13 saw Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) transition their procurement to UK SBS and Crown Commercial Service (CCS) agree a Memorandum of Understanding with UK SBS to deliver two major procurement categories (construction and research) across Government. UK SBS currently manages GBP 700 000 000 expenditure for its Customers, our growth projections anticipate this will rise to GBP 1 000 000 000 in 2013/14.
UK SBS is procuring the Contract as a central purchasing body for itself and Customers who are Other Public Bodies (OPB's). This means that OPB's referred to in the OJEU Notice may also participate in the Contract.

Detailed on the UK SBS Ltd website is a list of all organisations, institutes, centres and bodies (Authorised Entities) that may also use any appropriately advertised Contract let by UK Shared Business Services Ltd The full list can be accessed from the following link: http://www.uksbs.co.uk/services/procure/contracts/Pages/default.aspx

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 40 000 000 and 90 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of these options: The Contract duration shall be for a period of 4 years from commencement of the Contract.
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Commercial, Economic and Social Impact Assessment and Analysis
1)Short description
Lot 1 will cover but not limited to:
— Large scale economic and social impact assessments and surveys
— Analysis at national, regional and local levels
— International comparisons
— Research into economic and social impact on various groups and communities
— Shareholder rights, employee engagement and executive pay
— Diversity on Boards
— Business and Human Rights
—Attitude/opinion polling
Please note: We do not expect all potential contractors to have the knowledge and expertise to cover all lot descriptions as these reflect the wide ranging scope of BIS, as a Department, and the potential projects we would be expect to go through lots of this nature.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79315000, 79315000, 79311000, 79311100, 79311200, 79311300, 79311400, 79311410, 79311210, 79312000, 79314000, 79313000, 73430000, 79300000, 79330000, 79342311

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 2 Lot title: Financial, Regulatory Economic and Econometric Forecasting Analysis
1)Short description
Lot 2 will cover but not limited to
— Design, production and population of econometric and statistical models
— Value added analysis
— Benchmarking
— Company law and corporate governance
— Debt and Equity finance analysis
— Supply and demand in individual finance markets
— Costs and benefits of regulation and its compliance
Please note: We do not expect all potential contractors to have the knowledge and expertise to cover all lot descriptions as these reflect the wide ranging scope of BIS, as a Department, and the potential projects we would be expect to go through lots of this nature.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79315000, 79315000, 79311000, 79311100, 79311200, 79311300, 79311400, 79311410, 79311210, 79312000, 79314000, 79313000, 73430000, 79300000, 79330000, 79342311

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 3 Lot title: Programme and Pilot Evaluation
1)Short description
Lot 3 will cover but not limited to
Reviews of individual programmes and pilots to evaluate:
— The design, planning and implementation of the programme
— The impact of the programme on the target group
— Value for money analysis
— Cost benefit analysis
— How well it meets the policy and priorities
— Formative evaluation of policy context and process
Please note: We do not expect all potential contractors to have the knowledge and expertise to cover all lot descriptions as these reflect the wide ranging scope of BIS, as a Department, and the potential projects we would be expect to go through lots of this nature.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79315000, 79315000, 79311000, 79311100, 79311200, 79311300, 79311400, 79311410, 79311210, 79312000, 79314000, 79313000, 73430000, 79300000, 79330000, 79342311

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 4 Lot title: Comparative Evaluation
1)Short description
Lot 4 will cover but not limited to
Reviews aimed at providing a more strategic view of performance;
— Reviewing the appropriateness of programmes, policies and priorities in providing the services required by Government, target groups and other stakeholders
— Reviewing the efficiency and effectiveness of processes in designing, planning and implementing programmes, policies and priorities
— Evaluation of all or a number of programmes aimed at a particular group
— Meta-analysis of evaluations
— Systematic Reviews and Rapid Evidence Assessments
— Developing the evaluation and monitoring framework for a project or programme
Please note: We do not expect all potential contractors to have the knowledge and expertise to cover all lot descriptions as these reflect the wide ranging scope of BIS, as a Department, and the potential projects we would be expect to go through lots of this nature.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79315000, 79315000, 79311000, 79311100, 79311200, 79311300, 79311400, 79311410, 79311210, 79312000, 79314000, 79313000, 73430000, 79300000, 79330000, 79342311

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 5 Lot title: Thematic Analysis
1)Short description
Lot 5 will cover but not limited to
— Short term projects focussing on specific policy areas
— Literature reviews
— Horizon scanning / exploratory research
— Bespoke think pieces
— Developing theories to respond to a strategic question with a clear evidence base
Please note: We do not expect all potential contractors to have the knowledge and expertise to cover all lot descriptions as these reflect the wide ranging scope of BIS, as a Department, and the potential projects we would be expect to go through lots of this nature.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79315000, 79315000, 79311000, 79311100, 79311200, 79311300, 79311400, 79311410, 79311210, 79312000, 79314000, 79313000, 73430000, 79300000, 79330000, 79342311

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 6 Lot title: Behavioural and Experimental Research
1)Short description
Lot 6 will cover but not limited to
— Random control trials and experimental methods
— Quasi-experimental methods
— Behavioural and/or decision making research and analysis
— Synthesis of behavioural science evidence
Please note: We do not expect all potential contractors to have the knowledge and expertise to cover all lot descriptions as these reflect the wide ranging scope of BIS, as a Department, and the potential projects we would be expect to go through lots of this nature.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79315000, 79315000, 79311000, 79311100, 79311200, 79311300, 79311410, 79311210, 79312000, 79314000, 79313000, 73430000, 79300000, 79330000, 79342311

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 7 Lot title: Specialist research and advice in the remuneration area
1)Short description
Lot 7 will cover but not limited to
— Valuation and benchmarking of pay and other benefits
— Job evaluation and pay structure design
— Assessing and responding to recruitment and retention and staff motivation issues
— Case studies, surveys and literature reviews in the remuneration area
— UK private sector practice on labour market and reward issues
Please note: We do not expect all potential contractors to have the knowledge and expertise to cover all lot descriptions as these reflect the wide ranging scope of BIS, as a Department, and the potential projects we would be expect to go through lots of this nature.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79315000, 79315000, 79311000, 79311100, 79311200, 79311300, 79311400, 79311410, 79311210, 79312000, 79314000, 79313000, 73430000, 79330000, 79342311

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 8 Lot title: Pensions
1)Short description
Lot 8 will cover but not limited to
— Actuarial pension scheme valuation and assessment
— Comparison of pensions scheme benefits and reward packages
— Pension trends and policy in the UK public and private sectors
Please note: We do not expect all potential contractors to have the knowledge and expertise to cover all lot descriptions as these reflect the wide ranging scope of BIS, as a Department, and the potential projects we would be expect to go through lots of this nature.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79315000, 79315000, 79311000, 79311100, 79311200, 79311300, 79311400, 79311410, 79311210, 79312000, 79314000, 79313000, 73430000, 79300000, 79330000, 79342311

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
Participants will be advised if this is necessary during the procurement. Parent company and/or other guarantees of performance and financial liability may be required in considered appropriate.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
Bids to be priced in £ GBP.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
Any consortium to have a designated lead service provider, all members will have joint and several liability in respect of the obligations and liabilities to the framework agreement and any subsequent contracts.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: The government has set out the need for greater transparency across its operations to enable the public to hold public bodies and politicians to account.
This includes commitments relating to public expenditure, intended to help achieve better value for money.
As part of the transparency agenda, government has made the following commitments with regard to procurement and contracting:
All new central government ICT contracts over the value of 10 000 GBP to be published in full online from July 2010
All new central government sourcing documents for contracts over 10 000 GBP to be published on a single website from September 2010, with this information to be made available to the public free of charge.
New items of central government spending over 25 000 GBP to be published online from November 2010.
All new central government contracts to be published in full from January 2011.
Suppliers and those organisations looking to bid for public sector contracts should be aware that if they are awarded a new government contract, the resulting contract between the supplier and government will be published. In some circumstances, limited redactions will be made to some contracts before they are published in order to comply with existing law and for the protection of national security.
Service providers must clearly demonstrate recent successful experience in similar projects and environments.
Potential suppliers will be excluded if one of the following applies, the supplier is in a state of bankruptcy, insolvency, compulsory winding up, administration, receivership, composition with creditors or any analogous state or subject to relevant proceedings, has been convicted of a criminal offence related to the business of professional misconduct, has committed an act of grave misconduct in the course of business has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes is guilty of serious misrepresentation in supplying information required by the authority, is not in the possession of a licence or not a member of the appropriate trade or other organisation where the law requires it.
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Candidates will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter V11, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to a [Request for Information / Request for Proposal].
This procurement will be managed electronically via the Crown Commercial Service's e-Sourcing Suite.
To participate in this procurement, participants must first be registered on the e-Sourcing Suite.

If Bidders have not yet registered on the eSourcing Suite, this can be done online at https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk by following the link ‘Register for CCS eSourcing'.

Please note that, to register, Bidders must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so. Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at http://ccs.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/i-am-supplier/respondtender

Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, a registered user can express an interest for a specific procurement. This is done by emailing expressionofinterest@ccs.gsi.gov.uk.

Your email must clearly state: the name and reference for the procurement you wish to register for; the name of the registered supplier; the name and contact details for the registered individual sending the email.
Crown Commercial Service (CCS) will process the email and then enable the Bidder to access the procurement online via the e-Sourcing Suite.
The registered user will receive a notification email to alert them once this has been done.
As a user of the e-Sourcing Suite you will have access to Emptoris email messaging service which facilitates all messages sent to you and from you in relation to any specific RFX event.
Please note it is your responsibility to access these emails on a regular basis to ensure you have sight of all relevant information.

For technical assistance on use of the e-Sourcing Suite please contact Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Helpdesk: Freephone: +44 3450103503 email: supplier@ccs.gsi.gov.uk

Training support to respond to a requirement is available to bidders at http://www.uksbs.co.uk/services/procure/Pages/supplier.aspx

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Candidates will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter V11, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to Request for Information .The sourcing documents can be accessed at: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk using the instructions detailed in III.2.1

We will also require to see at least one of the following documents. Note — if you have been trading for more than 3 years we will require you to produce
Document 1 Document 1 — A copy of your audited accounts for the most recent 2 years.
Document 2 — A statement of your turnover, profit & loss account and cash flow for the most recent year of trading
Document 3 — A statement of your cash flow forecast for the current year and a bank letter outlining the current cash and credit position
Document 4 — Alternative means of demonstrating financial status if trading for less than a year
Document 5 — Parent Company accounts (if applicable)
Document 6 — Deeds or guarantee
Document 7 — Accountants references
Document 8 — Management accounts
Document 9 — Financial projections including cash flow forecasts
Document 10 — Details and evidence of previous contracts.
III.2.3)Technical capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:

Candidates will be assessed in accordance with Part 4 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as amended (implementing Title II, Chapter V11, Section 2 of Directive 2004/18/EC), on the basis of information provided in response to Request for Information. The sourcing documents can be accessed at: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk using the instructions detailed in III.2.1 The Contracting Authority may have regard to any of the following means in its assessment:

(a) a list of the works carried out over the past 5 years or goods and services carried out in the past 3 years, accompanied by certificates of satisfactory execution for the most important works.
These certificates shall indicate the value, date and site of the works and shall specify whether they were carried out according to the rules of the trade and properly completed. Where appropriate, the competent authority shall submit these certificates to the contracting authority direct;
(b) a list of the principal deliveries effected or the main services provided in the past 3 years, with the sums, dates and recipients, whether public or private,involved. Evidence of delivery and services provided shall be given: — where the recipient was a contracting authority, in the form of certificates issued or countersigned by the competent authority, — where the recipient was a private purchaser, by the purchaser's certification or, failing this, simply by a declaration by the economic operator;
(c) an indication of the technicians or technical bodies involved, whether or not belonging directly to the economic operator's undertaking, especially those responsible for quality control and, in the case of public works contracts, those upon whom the contractor can call in order to carry out the work;
(d) a description of the technical facilities and measures used by the supplier or service provider for ensuring quality and the undertaking's study and research facilities;
(e) where the products or services to be supplied are complex or, exceptionally, are required for a special purpose, a check carried out by the contracting authorities or on their behalf by a competent official body of the country in which the Bidder or service provider is established, subject to that body's agreement, on the production capacities of the supplier or the technical capacity of the service provider and, if necessary, on the means of study and research which are available to it and the quality control measures it will operate;
(f) the educational and professional qualifications of the service provider or contractor and/or those of the undertaking's managerial staff and, in particular, those of the person or persons responsible for providing the services or managing the work;
(g) for public works contracts and public services contracts, and only in appropriate cases, an indication of the environmental management measures that the economic operator will be able to apply when performing the contract;
(h) a statement of the average annual manpower of the service provider or contractor and the number of managerial staff for the last 3 years;
(i) a statement of the tools, plant or technical equipment available to the service provider or contractor for carrying out the contract;
(j) an indication of the proportion of the contract which the services provider intends possibly to subcontract;
(k) with regard to the products to be supplied: (i) samples, descriptions and/or photographs, the authenticity of which must be certified if the contracting authority so requests;
(ii) certificates drawn up by official quality control institutes or agencies of recognised competence attesting the conformity of products clearly identified by references to specifications or standards.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Restricted
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
Envisaged minimum number 5
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
CR150025BIS
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
8.5.2015 - 14:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Place:

Electronically, via web-based portal

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: Electronically, via web-based portal.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information
The Contracting Authority expressly reserves the right (i) not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and (ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the procurement; and in no circumstances will the Contracting Authority be liable for any costs incurred by the candidates.
If the Contracting Authority decides to enter into a Framework Agreement with the successful supplier, this does not mean that there is any guarantee of subsequent contracts being awarded.
Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to contract award is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgement of Bidders.
Any orders placed under this Framework Agreement will form a separate contract under the scope of this Framework between the supplier and the specific requesting other contracting body. The Contracting Authority and other contracting bodies utilising the Framework reserve the right to use any electronic portal during the life of the agreement.
The value provided in Section II.1.4 is only an estimate. We cannot guarantee to Bidders any business through this framework agreement.
UK Shared Business Services Ltd wishes to establish a Framework Agreement for use by the following UK public sector bodies (and any future successors to these organisations):
Authorised Entities for UK SBS
Core Customers: Associated Bodies
The Contract will be open for use by all the Research
Councils:
— The Science and Technology Facilities Council;
— The Medical Research Council;
— The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council;
— The Economic and Social Research Council;
— The Natural Environment Research Council;
— The Arts and Humanities Research Council;
— The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; and
— UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS).

Any Research Council institute, research facility, centre or unit may also use the Contract. A complete list of such institutes can be accessed from the following link: www.uksbs.co.uk

Other Organisations:
The following organisations may also access the Contract:
Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS);
Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
Audit Commission
Better Regulation Delivery Office
Big Lottery Fund
British Business Bank
British Council
Cabinet Office
College of policing
Competition and Markets Authority
Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Department for Communities and Local Government
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Education
Department for Transport
Department for Work and Pensions
Department of Energy and Climate Change
Department of Health
Education Funding Agency
Engineering Construction Industry Training Board
Environment Agency
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Food Standards Agency
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Government Equalities Office
Government Office for Science
Health and Safety Executive
Higher Education Funding Council
HM Revenue and Customs
HM Treasury
Home Office
Innovate UK
Innovate UK
Low Pay Commission
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Justice
Office for National Statistics
Office of Manpower Economics
Office of the Children's Commissioner
Skills Funding Agency
UK Commission for Employment and Skills
UK Trade and Investment
NHS Bodies (i.e. Acute Trusts, Ambulance Trusts, Primary Care Trusts, Care Trusts, NHS Hospital Trusts,Strategic Health Authorities, Mental Health Trusts, Special Health Authorities) may also use the Contract. A full list of such Authorities and Trusts can be found at:

http://www.nhs.uk/servicedirectories/pages/primarycaretrustlisting.aspx

NHS Bodies England

http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/AcuteTrustListing.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/servicedirectories/Pages/PrimaryCareTrustListing.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/MentalHealthTrustListing.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/CareTrustListing.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/AmbulanceTrustListing.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/StrategicHealthAuthorityListing.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/SpecialHealthAuthorityListing.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/OtherListing.aspx

Welsh Public Bodies National Assembly for Wales,
Welsh Assembly Government and Welsh Local Authorities, and all bodies covered by:

www.buy4wales.co.uk/UsefulResources/contractsframeworks/organisationlist/poaplist.html?cat=14318

http://www.assemblywales.org/abthome/abt-links.htm

http://new.wales.gov.uk/about/civilservice/directorates/?lang=enNHS Wales

http://www.wales.nhs.uk/ourservices/directory

https://www.buy4wales.co.uk/UsefulResources/contractsframeworks/organisationlist/poaplist.html?cat=14318

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

UK Shared Business Services Ltd
North Star House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1FF Swindon
United Kingdom
E-mail: policy@uksbs.co.uk
Internet address: www.uksbs.co.uk

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
26.3.2015