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UK-Victoria: Business and management consultancy and related services.

Section I: Contracting Authority
Title: UK-Victoria: Business and management consultancy and related services.
I.1)Name, Addresses And Contact Point(s)
National Audit Office
157-197 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 9SP, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 2077987343, Email:, URL:, URL: :

I.2)Type Of Purchasing Body
Not Provided

Section II: Object Of The Contract
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority/entity: External Quality Reviews
II.1.2)Short description of the contract or purchase:
Business and management consultancy and related services. The NAO currently publishes around 60 value for money (VFM) products each year, which examine the economy, efficiency and effectiveness with which UK central government departments and agencies use public funds.

As part of its quality assurance arrangements for VFM work, the NAO commissions independent quality assurance reviews of the technical rigour, methodological robustness, quality of argumentation and presentation of evidence in its VFM products. These reviews generate a written report, commenting against an agreed set of criteria.

The NAO also commissions broader thematic reviews covering issues of relevance to the NAOs VFM work in general.

The NAO intends to award two contracts for quality assurance work. The exact allocation of which reports will be at the discretion of the NAO.

Each contract will consist of:
VFM product reviews comprising a minimum of 6, with 8 expected, and a maximum of 10; each to be delivered within four weeks of electronic receipt of the product to be reviewed; and

Thematic reviews comprising a minimum of 1, with 2 expected; each to be delivered to a timetable agreed with the NAO.

The range and variety of types of VFM products are changing and the NAOs quality assurance arrangements may need to develop at the same time to ensure they remain fit for purpose. The successful providers will, therefore, need to take a flexible approach to fulfilling the requirements of the contracts.

The successful providers will need to be able to draw on a pool of suitably qualified reviewers to carry out the advertised services. It is expected that reviewers will be qualified at doctoral level (or have equivalent experience and expertise) in a relevant area such as Public Policy, Public/Business Administration, Social Sciences, Economics, Statistics, or Engineering, and/or have extensive research experience and proven levels of expertise in these areas, established by refereed academic and/or professional publications. The two contracts are entirely separate although both sets of reviewers will be applying the same criteria.

II.1.3)Common procurement vocabulary:
79400000 - Business and management consultancy and related services.

Section IV: Procedure
IV.1) Type of Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure (as stated in the original notice): Open
IV.2)Administrative Information
IV.2.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority/entity: GEN/12/33
IV.2.2)Notice reference for electronically submitted notice
Original Notice sent via: OJS eSender

Notice Reference: 2013 - 100500
IV.2.3)Notice to which this publication refers: Not Provided
IV.2.4)Date of dispatch of the original Notice: 26/02/2013

Section VI: Complementary Information
1: Complementary Information
VI.1)This notice involves: Correction
Additional Information

VI.3)Information to be corrected or added
VI.3.1) Modification of original information submitted by the contracting authority
VI.3.2) In the original Notice

VI.3.3)Text to be corrected in the original notice:

Place of text to be modified: Section II.2 Quantity Or Scope of the Contract Estimated value excluding VAT:

Instead of: 495,000

Read: 411,000

VI.3.4)Dates to be corrected in the original notice: Not Provided

VI.3.5)Addresses and contact points to be corrected:
Not Provided

VI.3.6)Text to be added in the original notice: Not Provided
VI.4)Other additional information:
The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender.

The value of each 3 year contract is 205,500 (excluding VAT) and 246,600 (including VAT). This is based on 8 (expected) individual product reviews and 2 (expected) thematic reviews per annum.
To view this notice, please click here:
GO-201334-PRO-4628893 TKR-201334-PRO-4628892

VI.5)Date of dispatch: 04/03/2013

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