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Supply and Development of A Information, Advice and Guidance Tool, including an Area Prospectus (AP) and An Individual Learning Plan (ILP).

CONTRACT NOTICE

Services

SECTION I: CONTRACTING AUTHORITY

I.1)NAME, ADDRESSES AND CONTACT POINT(S)

Essex County Council
County Hall, Market Road
Contact: www.essex.bravosolution.co.uk
Attn: David Applin
CM1 1LX Chelmsford
UNITED KINGDOM

Internet address(es)

General address of the contracting authority www.essex.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile www.essex.bravosolution.co.uk

Further information can be obtained at: As in above-mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained at: As in above-mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: As in above-mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)TYPE OF THE CONTRACTING AUTHORITY AND MAIN ACTIVITY OR ACTIVITIES
Regional or local authority
General public services
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities No

SECTION II: OBJECT OF THE CONTRACT

II.1)DESCRIPTION
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority
Supply and Development of A Information, Advice and Guidance Tool, including an Area Prospectus (AP) and An Individual Learning Plan (ILP).
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category: No 7
Main place of performance Chelmsford.
Essex.
CM1 1JZ.

NUTS code UKH33

II.1.3)The notice involves
A public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
N/A.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72600000, 72600000, 72200000, 72500000

II.1.7)Contract covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
Yes
II.1.8)Division into lots
No
II.1.9)Variants will be accepted
No
II.2)QUANTITY OR SCOPE OF THE CONTRACT
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope
The contract will be for the duration of 3 years, with an option for two extentions for an additional 12 months.
This shall be the sole discretion of the Essex County Council.
Excluding VAT
Range between 200 000 and 270 000 GBP
II.2.2)Options
No
II.3)DURATION OF THE CONTRACT OR TIME-LIMIT FOR COMPLETION
Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)

SECTION III: LEGAL, ECONOMIC, FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION

III.1)CONDITIONS RELATING TO THE CONTRACT
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required
The Contracting Authority reserves the right to require deposits, guarantees, bonds or other forms of appropriate security.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions regulating them
The Contracting Authority reserves the right to require deposits, guarantees, bonds or other forms of appropriate security.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded
Not applicable.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions to which the performance of the contract is subject
No
III.2)CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if requirements are met: Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender:
1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once):

- browse to the eSourcing Portal: https://essex.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register,

- accept the terms and conditions and click 'continue',
- enter your correct business and user details,
- note the username you chose and click 'Save' when complete,
- you will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure).
2. Express an Interest in the tender:
- login to the portal with the username/password,
- click the 'PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers' link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier),
- click on the relevant PQQ / ITT to access the content,
- click the 'Express Interest' button at the top of the page,
- this will move the PQQ / ITT into your 'My PQQs / My ITTs' page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only),
- you can now access any attachments by clicking 'Buyer Attachments' in the 'PQQ/ ITT Details' box.
3. Responding to the tender,
- click 'My Response' under 'PQQ / ITT Details', you can choose to 'Create Response' or to 'Decline to Respond' (please give a reason if declining),
- you can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification,
- note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ / ITT,
- there may be a mixture of online & offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available).
You must then submit your reply using the 'Submit Response' button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.
III.2.2)Economic and financial capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if requirements are met: As set out in the pre-qualification questionnaire. Essex County Council reserves the right to exclude any economic operator who does not score a 'D', 'C' or 'B+' risk rating as set out in the prequalification questionnaire.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required Please refer to the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document.
III.2.3)Technical capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if requirements are met:
Please refer to the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required
Please refer to the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document.
III.2.4)Reserved contracts
III.3)CONDITIONS SPECIFIC TO SERVICES CONTRACTS
III.3.1)Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession
III.3.2)Legal entities should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service

SECTION IV: PROCEDURE

IV.1)TYPE OF PROCEDURE
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Accelerated restricted
Justification for the choice of accelerated procedure: This contract will be awarded using the accelerated restricted procedure for the purpose of delivering an economic benefit through a rapid execution of this project in accordance with European Commission measure IP/08/2040 19.12.2008.
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
Envisaged minimum number 3 maximum number 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: The criteria set out in the PQQ shall take forward the highest scoring suppliers to participate in a tender exercise.
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)AWARD CRITERIA
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)An electronic auction will be used
No
IV.3)ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority
IS5847
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Notice number in OJ: 2010/S 62-092396 of 3.3.2010

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents
IV.3.4)Time-limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
12.7.2011 - 09:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
22.7.2011
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

SECTION VI: COMPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

VI.1)THIS IS A RECURRENT PROCUREMENT
No
VI.2)CONTRACT RELATED TO A PROJECT AND/OR PROGRAMME FINANCED BY EU FUNDS
No
VI.3)ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender:
1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once):

- browse to the eSourcing Portal: https://essex.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register,

- accept the terms and conditions and click 'continue',
- enter your correct business and user details,
- note the username you chose and click 'Save' when complete,
- you will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure).
2. Express an Interest in the tender:
- login to the portal with the username/password,
- click the 'PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers' link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier),
- click on the relevant PQQ / ITT to access the content,
- click the 'Express Interest' button at the top of the page,
- this will move the PQQ / ITT into your 'My PQQs / My ITTs' page (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only),
- you can now access any attachments by clicking 'Buyer Attachments' in the 'PQQ / ITT Details' box.
3. Responding to the tender:
- click 'My Response' under 'PQQ / ITT Details', you can choose to 'Create Response' or to 'Decline to Respond' (please give a reason if declining),
- you can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer Powered by BravoSolution eSourcing Technology 14 / 18 and seek any clarification,
- note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ / ITT,
- there may be a mixture of online & offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available).
You must then submit your reply using the 'Submit Response' button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.
Essex County Council reserves the right to amend timescales and change the evaluation criteria if there are genuine omissions or mistakes.
VI.4)PROCEDURES FOR APPEAL
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Royal Courts of Justice
Strand
WC2A 2LL London
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel. +44 2079476000

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Essex County Council will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the contracting authority before the contract is entered into. Applicants have 2 working days from the notification of the award decision to request additional debriefing and that information has to be provided a minimum of 3 working days before the expiry of the standstill period. Such additional information should be requested initially from the contact at Section 1.1. If an appeal regarding the award of a contract has not been successfully resolved the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought promptly (generally within 3 months). Where a contract has not been entered into the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the Court may make an order of ineffectiveness, materially curtail the contract and award damages.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Royal Courts of Justice
Strand
WC2A 2LL London
UNITED KINGDOM

VI.5)DATE OF DISPATCH OF THIS NOTICE:
27.6.2011