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Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Crown Commercial Service as the authority intends to put in place a pan government collaborative agreement for the provision of creative and marketing services to be utilised by Central Government Departments and all other UK public sector bodies, including local authorities, health, police, fire and rescue, education, charities and devolved administrations. It is intended that this commercial agreement will be the recommended vehicle for all creative and marketing services required by UK Central Government Departments.
The aim of the communications marketplace agreement is to provide public sector customers with access to an innovative, quality and value for money approach to buying communications that takes advantage of dynamic changes within the marketplace.
The agreement will be an active marketplace (2 + 1 + 1) with filters for customers to pick the relevant services they require. Suppliers will be able to add themselves to the marketplace throughout the lifetime of the agreement.
Crown Commercial Service (CCS) plans to introduce a procurement for communication/creative services. Crown Commercial Service and the government communication service have been working extensively with the market and customers in order to develop a fit-for-purpose procurement strategy.
The communications marketplace will build on the successes of the current communication services agreement, however will have enhancements and improvements incorporated gained by our extensive pre-market engagement with the market and feedback from current suppliers on the framework, the wider market, trade bodies and clients.
The current communications services framework will be adapted to become an actively managed marketplace where the specialist capabilities needed now and in the future can be accessed. This will build on proven existing services and add new services in. It will allow compliant access to new agencies and specialist capabilities as both markets and needs develop, irrespective of size and location.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
This prior information notice is to make the market aware of our upcoming requirement and opportunity for agencies in the creative and marketing area.
Crown Commercial Service intends to hold a series of market engagement events between November 2020 to April 2021 with industry experts and agencies interested in registering for a position on our marketplace. If you are interested in attending a market engagement event please see instructions to register on our webpage — https://www.crowncommercial.gov.uk/agreements/RM6124
Crown Commercial Service (CCS) will use an eSourcing system for this competition and reserves the right to use an electronic auction. The eSourcing system we will use is (https://crowncommercialservice.bravosolution.co.uk).
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.
The value in II.1.5) is an indicative value over 4 years.
The date in II.3) is the estimated date of publication, please refer to the CCS website page https://www.crowncommercial.gov.uk/agreements/upcoming for updates.
This PIN is for information only.
Please note that for this and all new UK procurement opportunities which are launched after 23.00 on 31 December 2020, CCS will be required to publish notices relating to those procurements on the new UK Find a Tender Service (FTS). Notices will not be published on Tenders Electronic Daily (TED)/OJEU.
You are therefore advised to monitor FTS and contracts finder for the notification of the release of the ITT documents for this procurement.
FTS will be available for public use from 23.00 on 31 December 2020.
Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/public-sector-procurement-from-1-january-2021
The cyber essentials scheme is mandatory for Central Government Contracts which involve handling personal information and providing certain ICT products and services. The Government is taking steps to further reduce the levels of cyber security risk in its supply chain through the cyber essentials scheme. The scheme defines a set of controls which, when properly implemented, will provide organisations with basic protection from the most prevalent forms of threat coming from the internet.
To participate in this procurement, bidders will be required to demonstrate that they are cyber essentials certified for the services under and in connection with the procurement.
The service that arise from this commercial agreement will involve the supplier holding material that has been assigned a protective marking under the Government Security Classifications Scheme (April 2014) of Official/Sensitive.