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Contract award notice
Results of the procurement procedure
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Neutral Vendor Managed Service for Specialist Professional Services (‘NEPRO3’)
NEPO have established a framework contract for specialist professional services (‘NEPRO3’). NEPRO3 will operate as a neutral vendor managed service for the delivery of specialist professional services and consultancy only. The neutral vendor managed service will not provide specialist professional services or consultancy in its own right and must maintain neutrality at all times when selecting suitable specialist professional service providers to deliver services under the framework contract. NEPRO3 is a single provider solution to manage a perpetual supply chain, capable of delivering the full spectrum of specialist professional services and consultancy requirements.
NEPO used a 2-stage competitive procedure with negotiation for the procurement of this framework contract. The first stage was a selection questionnaire which was used to shortlist suppliers. Shortlisted suppliers were then invited to tender and evaluated in accordance with the award criteria contained within the invitation to tender documents. NEPO reserved the right to enter into negotiations with tenderers in line with the requirements of the competition with negotiation procedure. NEPO also reserved the right not to enter into negotiations and award the framework contract on the basis of initial tender.
The most economically advantageous tenderer was awarded the framework contract. NEPO does not give any guarantee and/or warrant the actual value of the services (if any) which will be placed with the successful supplier by any Contracting Authority using the framework contract pursuant to this process and accepts no liability thereof. In accordance with the framework contract, each Contracting Authority will enter into a call-off contract. The call-off contract is to be entered into by both the Contracting Authority and awarded supplier and will be based on the terms and conditions of the framework contract.
The framework contract is for a period of 48 months with the options to extend for up to a further 2 x 24 month periods. This is due to the commercial and contractual complexity of the framework contract combined with the cost of administrating the procurement for NEPO, Contracting Authorities, tenderers and impacted supply chains.
It is anticipated that this Framework Contract may be utilised by Contracting Authorities, as part of a Call-Off Contract, for externally funded projects including European Funding bodies. Contracting Authorities are wholly responsible for the Call-Off Contract meeting the requirements of the applicable funding body.
Section IV: Procedure
Section V: Award of contract
Section VI: Complementary information
NEPO is a central purchasing body as defined in the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (PCR15). This means that NEPO may provide central purchasing activity on behalf of Contracting Authorities.
The agreement is available for use by all NEPO Members. A list of member organisations is available in the About section of the NEPO website at: www.nepo.org
This agreement is also made available to all current and future NEPO Associate Members. Current Associate Members are listed in the Associate Member section of the NEPO website at: www.nepo.org/associate-membership/list
NEPO has made the resulting agreement available for use by all Contracting Authorities throughout all administrative regions of the UK (as defined by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015) including but not limited to Government Departments and their Agencies, Non-Departmental Public Bodies, Central Government, NHS Bodies, local authorities, emergency services, coastguard emergency services, educational establishments, registered social landlords and registered charities who have a need to purchase services.
Please see the following websites for further details:
A complete list of permissible users is shown on the NEPO website below:
Further information can be found at: www.nepo.org