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United Kingdom-Edinburgh: Occupational clothing, special workwear and accessories
Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Workwear and PPE
The Forestry Commission requires a contract or framework for the provision of work wear and personal protective clothing for its staff. By April 2019 forestry will be devolved in Scotland and 2 new executive agencies with new branding will be created. Forestry and Land Scotland (formally Forest Enterprise Scotland agency of Forestry Commission) and Scottish Forestry (formally Forestry Commission Scotland).
The next executive agencies required a contract or framework for the purpose of purchasing workwear and personal protective clothing to be worn by staff during working hours. This PIN notices is to engage the market and gather information to inform the procurement process and specification(s).
Selection of personal protective equipment for staff. Staff roles range from wildlife rangers to work with chainsaws and customer service. PPE must meet required industry standards, be fit for purpose, comfortable and of quality.
We are currently investigating the branding potential of PPE and invite the market to provide feedback on this.
Work wear for staff with a range of duties. May include products such as branded polo shirts, fleeces, gilets and a range of weather/ waterproof clothing including jackets and trousers.
We are currently looking into the option of specific dyed Pantone fabrics versus off the shelf products and are inviting the market to provide information on this.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
We are at the strategy stage of this procurement and are investigating different routes to market including supported businesses, open tenders and competitive procedure with negotiation.
We are also looking into our requirements to coincide with the new branding and would like to engage with the market to discuss and gain insight into areas including:
— the difference in price, lead times and any minimum order quantities when purchasing “off the shelf" products vs specific dyed pantone products,
— new technologies and fabrics available with regards to water and weather proof, breathability and comfort,
— sustainability practices including recycling and reuse of fabrics and the use of recycled fabrics,
— tick proof products,
— new advancements in PPE.
Note: to register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=560631.