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United Kingdom-Leicester: Canteen and catering services
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
704_18 Catering Services
ESPO is seeking to establish a multi-supplier Framework Agreement for customers to outsource their education, social care (e.g. meals on wheels), workplace (including healthcare, leisure and other catering requirements), visitor attractions and event catering service requirements. An eAuction process may be used to award subsequent call off contracts following the reopening of competition among the parties to the Framework Agreement. To tender:
(a) Go to www.eastmidstenders.org
(c) Search for tender opportunity “704_18”;
(d) Express an interest;
(e) Download the tender from the website.
Provision of outsourced catering services for education establishments including different stages of education (primary, secondary, further and higher) and any other learning institutions within the administrative regions of the UK.
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.
Social Care Catering
Provision of outsourced social care catering and community meals services including meals on wheels, delivered-in meals for lunch clubs and day centres within the administrative regions of the UK.
Provision of outsourced catering services for workplaces including establishments/locations in which staff are working (e.g. local authority workplaces, art galleries, leisure centres) and any venues and events which are owned and operated by or on behalf of a public body, central government or an agency of the government or a local authority, or by any eligible not-for-profit organisation. This Lot includes requirements for healthcare, residential care, prisons, etc. within the administrative regions of the UK.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
As part of the on-going contract management process, during the period of the Framework Agreement, ESPO shall monitor the financial stability of the awarded Service Providers during the period of the Framework Agreement by reference to credit ratings agency reports. ESPO shall obtain a credit score for the Service Provider on or before the framework start date as a base score and where a significant change in the credit score is identified over the life of the Framework Agreement, ESPO reserves the right to investigate the reasons for this significant change. Depending on the severity of the changes, it will be at the sole discretion of ESPO to suspend or even permanently remove the Service Provider from the Framework Agreement.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
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 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 is available on: http://www.espo.org/About-us-%281 %29/FAQs/Legal
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.