Services - 296509-2014

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30/08/2014    S166

United Kingdom-Swindon: Research and development consultancy services

2014/S 166-296509

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Official name: UK Shared Business Services Limited
Postal address: North Star House, North Star Avenue
Town: Swindon
Postal code: SN2 1FF
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Email or Telephone
For the attention of: Joshua Papp
Telephone: +44 7824373370

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

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

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity
Other: Consultancy and business development
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
PS140102 — ESRC-DFID Strategic Partnership Evidence and Policy Directorate.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
At winning bidders premises.
II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DFID) are seeking to secure an Evidence and Policy Directorate (EPD) to drive forward their ambition to maximise the impact of the research they jointly fund on policy and practice relevant to developing countries.
The EPD will design and be responsible for the delivery of a strategic programme of work to support and enhance the uptake and impact on policy and practice of research funded through three research programmes within ESRC and DFID's strategic partnership: the Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation Research, the China-Africa Research Programme, and the Education and Development: Raising Learning Outcomes Programme. Further information about the programmes is available at
The EPD may be delivered by a single organisation that has sufficient institutional capacity to support the EPD's strategic and delivery requirements, or through an alternative composition model, including partnerships, consortium approaches and other collaborations.
The contract will be for an initial duration of four years, with the option for further extension for a period of one year subject to interest by both ESRC/DFID and the contract holder. The annual budget for the EPD is expected to be in the region of GBP 560 000 GBP 620 000: this includes both strategic and delivery activities, and all associated costs.
Further information about the call and details about a potential bidders conference is available: please contact or call +44 7824373370 to receive more information.
Estimated cost excluding VAT:
Range: between 2 000 000 and 2 500 000 GBP


This contract is divided into lots: yes
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73200000 Research and development consultancy services, 79411100 Business development consultancy services, 79419000 Evaluation consultancy services, 73220000 Development consultancy services, 73210000 Research consultancy services, 79000000 Business services: law, marketing, consulting, recruitment, printing and security, 79410000 Business and management consultancy services, 79413000 Marketing management consultancy services

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:
The purpose of this PIN is to engage with suppliers and to understand the level of interest.
The intention is to hold a supplier conference where more detail regarding the call can be provided and any queries can be addressed.

Please contact or on +44 7824373370 to be provided with more information regarding the call.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
Bidders Conference.

Please email or call +44 7824373370 to obtain further details about the potential bidders conference which is intended to take place on Thursday 9.10.2014 in London and is aimed at providing more information and to address any questions that you may have.

VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: