Services - 317651-2014

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19/09/2014    S180    - - Services - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

United Kingdom-Liverpool: Miscellaneous services

2014/S 180-317651

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

The Minister for the Cabinet Office acting through Crown Commercial Service
9th Floor The Capital Old Hall Street
L3 9PP Liverpool
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3450103503

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

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

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
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

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

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Employee Benefits Services.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 27: Other services
Services will be provided throughout the UK and abroad.

NUTS code UK

II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
Crown Commercial Service, as the Contracting Authority, intends to put in place a pan government framework agreement for the administration and provision of Employee Benefits for use by Central Government and UK public sector bodies. The aim is to appoint a single managed service provider (or a consortium with a lead supplier), to provide employee benefits across UK public sector bodies on a ‘one stop shop fully managed service' basis. CCS will appoint a single managed service provider to work in partnership with customers to deliver the entire range of employee benefits required across central government departments and UK public sector bodies which will include:
— Discount Scheme;
— Recognition Voucher Scheme;
— Childcare Voucher Scheme;
— Cycle to Work Scheme;
— Eye care;
— Payroll giving and built in flexibility for additional services as required.
For the Civil Service a branded platform will be created with a customised departmental front end to host the services, the platform will be available to all Civil Servants, and will have secure single sign on functionality, so as to enable staff to sign in to their benefits using a single user name and password.
Customers will not be required to take the full suite of benefits, instead selecting those elements of the contract which suit their own business requirements and reward strategy. The key requirements include:
— A web-enabled on-line platform, providing single sign on access to systems fully hosted by the provider with proven data security provision.
— The development, implementation, promotion, delivery, management, administration and maintenance of a suite of flexible, voluntary and salary sacrifice benefits.
— Provision of a range of employee benefits which appeals to a wide demographic employee base that will include but will not be limited to Childcare Voucher Scheme, Discount Scheme, Eye Care, Reward vouchers, Cycle to Work Scheme and Payroll Giving. It is intended that the range of employee benefits will expand to meet customer business needs and as they develop their reward strategies.
— Scalable provision to enable the development of a benefits package over time and future proofing to ensure the continued provision of the agreed package and the development of new offerings.
— The ability to brand the platforms to individual Department / customer requirements.
— The provision of a fully managed scheme which enables employees to interface directly with the supplier and an employee help-line to resolve queries and provide assistance.
— The ability to effectively communicate the package of benefits to employees to encourage wide uptake.
— The ability to on-board additional wider public sector customers along with any specific requirements that those customers may have.
— The provision of detailed management information regarding employee usage on a regular basis.
Estimated cost excluding VAT:
Range: between 180 000 000 and 220 000 000 GBP


This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

98300000, 18530000, 30200000, 34000000, 75310000, 75340000, 79342321, 79400000, 79631000, 79633000, 85160000, 92000000

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 Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.

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:
The scope and structure of this procurement will be further developed following market and stakeholder engagement and may change as a result of this ongoing activity. Crown Commercial Service will host a Supplier/Industry Day event, known as a 'Boot Camp' in order to gain supplier awareness, engagement and opinion on the proposed agreement. It is intended that this will be held before the end of October 2014.

Please register your interest in this event by emailing and include the following information:

Name of contact;
Name of organisation;
Email address;
Telephone contact.

Suppliers who wish to ask questions in relation to the procurement please send them to

This Market Engagement will be managed electronically via the Crown Commercial Service's e-Sourcing Suite. To participate in this Market Engagement, participants must first be registered on the e-Sourcing Suite.

If you have not yet registered on the eSourcing Suite, this can be done online at by following the link ‘Register for CCS eSourcing'. Please note that, to register, you 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:

Note that, by registering for the eSourcing Suite in this way, you will then be in a position to express an interest in any future procurements run by Crown Commercial Service.

Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, a registered user can request access to the Market Engagement. This is done by emailing:

Your email must clearly state: the name and reference for the Market Engagement; the name of the registered supplier; and the name and contact details for the registered individual sending the email. Crown Commercial Service will process the email and then enable the supplier to access the Market Engagement 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 the Crown Commercial Service Support Desk email: eEnablement

VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
Relevant governmental Internet sites where information can be obtained

Tax legislation

Environmental protection legislation

Employment protection and working conditions

VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: