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Services - 416263-2018

25/09/2018    S184

United Kingdom-Newcastle upon Tyne: Business and management consultancy and related services

2018/S 184-416263

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: NEPO (Central Purchasing Body)
Postal address: Guildhall, Quayside
Town: Newcastle upon Tyne
Postal code: NE1 3AF
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Mr Adam Smith
Telephone: +44 7976775015
Internet address(es):
Main address:
Address of the buyer profile:
I.2)Information about joint procurement
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.5)Main activity
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Neutral Vendor Managed Service for Specialist Professional Services (NEPRO3).

Reference number: NEPO503
II.1.2)Main CPV code
79400000 Business and management consultancy and related services
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

NEPO seeks to establish a Framework Agreement for Specialist Professional Services ("NEPRO3"). It is envisaged NEPRO3 will operate as a Neutral Vendor Managed Service vehicle for the delivery of Specialist Professional Services and Consultancy only. The Neutral Vendor will not provide Specialist Professional Services or Consultancy in its own right and must maintain neutrality at all times when selecting suitable suppliers to deliver services under the Framework Agreement. NEPRO3 will replace the existing Specialist Professional Services (NEPRO2) Framework Agreement, expiring 30.11.2019. For avoidance of doubt, NEPO seeks to procure a single provider solution to manage a perpetual supply chain, capable of delivering a full spectrum of Specialist Professional Services and Consultancy requirements. The scope of services covered under NEPRO3 will not include Temporary or Permanent Recruitment.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 1 740 000 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
79400000 Business and management consultancy and related services
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The purpose of this Prior Information Notice (PIN) is to provide advance notice to the marketplace for the future opportunity and the intentions of NEPO to hold market consultation meetings with suppliers to help shape the future Framework Agreement. NEPO are not advertising this PIN as a mechanism to reduce future procurement timescales. The market consultation meetings are advertised openly via this PIN but are to be limited to a practical number.

Market Consultation meetings are to take place across the 25.10.2018 and 26.10.2018. Suppliers wishing to register attendance must do so in writing to Laura Blanchard ( by no later than 16:00pm on the 5.10.2018. Each appointment will be no longer than 90 minutes and the time and location of each appointment will be confirmed following the registration deadline. Places will be secured on a first come first served basis and are limited to three representatives per supplier only.

Suppliers wishing to attend the Market Consultation meetings should be capable of delivering the full scope of services as required and detailed within section 2.1.4 above. NEPO reserves the right to seek assurances from interested suppliers prior to allocating a place. Attendance at the Market Consultation meetings is optional and does not provide suppliers with an advantage in any future related procurement. Attendance also does not constitute as an intention to tender for any future related procurement.

In addition to the market consultation meetings, NEPO also intend to publish a soft market testing questionnaire via the NEPO eTendering portal. The Questionnaire will allow a further opportunity for those suppliers unable to attend the market consultation meetings to contribute towards shaping the future NEPRO3 Framework Agreement design. The soft market testing questionnaire will be made accessible via the NEPO eTender portal. Suppliers wishing to access and complete must first register on the portal using the following link

II.2.14)Additional information

The estimated value included in this Prior Information Notice is based on current volumes per annum and extrapolated across the future Framework Agreement period. The value may however be subject to change on the basis of design development between publication of the PIN and Contract Notice.

II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

NEPO is a Central Purchasing Body as defined in the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (PCR15). As a Central Purchasing Body NEPO may provide central purchasing activity on behalf of Contracting Authorities (as defined by PCR15).

NEPO intends to make the future Framework Agreement available for use by all Contracting Authorities throughout all administrative regions of the UK including but not limited to:

Central Government Departments and their Agencies, Local Government Departments and their Agencies, Non-Departmental Public Bodies, Central Government, NHS and HSC Bodies (including Ambulance Services), Local Authorities, Emergency Services (including Police and Fire Rescue), Coastguard Emergency Services, Educational Establishments (including Academies), Registered Social Landlords, Registered Charities and any Public Body established by or under the Scotland Act 1998 or any Act of the Scottish Parliament.

Please see the following websites for further details:

A complete list of permissible users is shown on the NEPO website below:

Organisations wishing to access the NEPO agreement will be required to register as a NEPO Associate Member in the first instance. Further information can be found at:

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: