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Please could you confirm whether 29/05/20 is the final deadline for submissions to the DPS, and what must be submitted by then?
CCS can confirm that the deadline for applications to the Spark DPS is Monday 1st of June 2020 at 23:59:59. All that is required for submission in this instance is your application on the Supplier Registration System. Kind regards, CCS
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May-29-2020 12:18
For the avoidance of doubt, please could commissioners confirm that the 1% Management Levy only applies if a provider is successful at securing a contract/income via the DPS. Thank you.
I can confirm your understanding is correct. Kind regards, CCS
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May-28-2020 10:51
Hi , Completed the CCS questionnaire and guess I have answered a question incorrectly and when going to complete the SPARK questionnaire I am unable to go back and edit the Answers in the general CCS submitted questionaire . Could someone help . We are a new company and doing this for the first time .
NQC have notified CCS they will be in touch directly in regards to your issue. Kind regards, CCS
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May-28-2020 10:45
Can you please provide a checklist of documents which need returning for this SPARK Framework.
As documents required may change during assessment, please refer to the Read Me First document within the associated Bid Pack. This will include any documentation needed to be returned as well as future documentation which may be needed for further assesment. Kind regards, CCS
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May-28-2020 10:41
Please can the commissioners answer the following question: Point 38 of the READ ME FIRST notes say a response is not required for questions 157-161, however, the system insists an answer must be provided. Should suppliers select NO and will the commissioner ignore the enforced responses?
Any sections that have been indicated as "Not Applicable" in the Read Me First document can be left as "No" in this instance. Kind regards, CCS
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May-28-2020 10:37
DPS Question 52 asks suppliers to fill in "Attachment 1 - Letter of Works Confirmation". Please can the commissioner confirm that it should read "Attachment 8 - Letter of Works Confirmation".
We can confirm that this should indeed read as "Attachment 8" as there is no "Attachment 1" for the DPS in question. Kind regards, CCS
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May-28-2020 10:28
Hello. In the 'Guidance for Contract Example' document, bullet point 2 under 'Compliance Criteria' states 'Example provided must relate to contracts preformed during the past 18 months, from obtaining DPS appointed status to be valid as evidence for this procurement'. Does this mean that we already need to be registered on the DPS framework and have delivered our Contract example since obtaining DPS appointed status? We are registered on G-Cloud and DOS but not DPS as yet. Thank you.
In this instance we require a contract example of works carried out 18 months prior to the submission of your application and not your appointment to any particular DPS. Kind regards, CCS
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May-28-2020 10:27
DPS Question 52 asks suppliers to fill in "Attachment 1 - Letter of Works Confirmation". Please can the commissioner confirm that it should read "Attachment 8 - Letter of Works Confirmation". Thank you.
We can confirm that this should indeed read as "Attachment 8" as there is no "Attachment 1" for the DPS in question. Kind regards, CCS
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May-28-2020 10:25
Hi There We will submit an application to get onto the Spark DPS framework by this Friday 29th May. We were only made aware of the opportunity last Friday. Given the current environment we will not be able to get a wet signature on our Letter of Confirmation of Works. Please can you confirm if we can provide a wet signature on the Letter of Confirmation of Works at a later date?
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic CCS are accepting Letters of Confirmation of Work without the "wet" signature of the customer. CCS will issue an email to the customer requesting validation of the letter. Wet signatures are however a requirement and this should be sourced at your earliest convenience. Kind regards, CCS
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May-27-2020 11:55
We are Independent Testings Services company, We would like to understand if we can apply only for "Testing" only services for the Spark DPS?
As per section 1.2 of the Spark Customer Needs document, contained within the Spark Bid Pack, bidders are required to indicate which categories and services they are able to bid for. It is therefore essential that Bidders select the exact elements relevant to their service offering in order to be invited to the relevant Competitions.
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Dec-12-2019 08:47
With regards to the request for a contract example, if an organisation has no such contract at this stage, but has contracted proof of concept trials in public / private sector, would this be sufficient to meet the requirements?
As per Attachment READ FIRST RM6094 DPS Needs V1.PDF Quality Assessment - Technical & Professional capability (Q133) of the Standard Selection Questionnaire and Question 48 to 50 of the Dynamic Purchasing Questionnaire (DPSQ): 31. You are required to provide one (1) contract example in accordance with the response guidance provided in Attachment 7 - Response Guidance for Contract Example which form part of RM6094 Spark DPS bid pack.
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Nov-27-2019 11:31
In attachment 7 response guidance for contract example, the guidance states that a wet signature is required and that only 1 contract example is required. Is there a template document for completing the contract example on and where are we to upload this content on the Supplier Registration Portal? Also, is 1 a maximum or can more than one example be provided?
Attachment 8 - Letter of Confirmation of Works - Contract Example is the document that needs to be completed this then should be uploaded in the DPS questionnaire -question 52. You would only be able to upload one Contract Example for your application.
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Nov-25-2019 11:47
Can CCS clarify how the contract example will be assessed?
Your contract example needs to relate to at least one of the technologies listed in the Customer Needs document, pages 10 to 24.The contract example will also be assessed to determine that it is an example of innovation that was delivered within the last 18 months and that it falls within the scope of the DPS and shows a supplier's ability to deliver either radical or disruptive innovation. The contract example must demonstrate the novelty, delivery, impact and control. Please see Attachment 7 of the Spark DPS Bid Pack - Response Guidance for Contract Example.
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Nov-19-2019 09:09
Hi - we asked a follow up clarification question to our one of 08:58 this morning - is this being answered please?
For this agreement we are interested in the secondary exploitation of the innovation and unfortunately we do need both a contract example and supporting letter of confirmation of works from someone (it doesn't matter who) saying that they have worked with your company on the relevant technology/technologies. The size of the contract does not matter and it can be public or private sector, as long as you can demonstrate how it will be beneficial to the public sector in future.
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Nov-19-2019 09:08
Can CCS confirm whether a case study is necessary for this. we have a number of clients with new technology that is being looked at by gov but don't have case studies at the moment. As per Attachment READ FIRST RM6094 DPS Needs V1.PDF Quality Assessment - Technical & Professional capability (Q133) of the Standard Selection Questionnaire and Question 48 to 50 of the Dynamic Purchasing Questionnaire (DPSQ): 31. You are required to provide one (1) contract example in accordance with the response guidance provided in Attachment 7 - Response Guidance for Contract Example which form part of RM6094 Spark DPS bid pack Thanks for answering the above. In the RM6095 GB Connectivity DPS Framework suppliers (especially start ups) are allowed to provide details of their service rather than a contract example. Why is RM6094 different when its clearly for more innovative tech?
For this agreement we are interested in the secondary exploitation of the innovation and unfortunately we do need both a contract example and supporting letter of confirmation of works from someone (it doesn't matter who) saying that they have worked with your company on the relevant technology/technologies. The size of the contract does not matter and it can be public or private sector, as long as you can demonstrate how it will be beneficial to the public sector in future.
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Nov-19-2019 09:08
Hello CCS, Please can you confirm if questions 147 and 148 on page 124 of the SQ_DPSQ are correct? Given that the Spark Framework is for innovative and disruptive technologies, it appears somewhat strange that these questions appear to be related to managing supply chains for the deliver of steel. Please can you confirm if these questions are correct?
There are questions in the Selection Questionnaire that are not applicable for this RM6094 - Spark DPS procurement. Part 3: (Supply Chain Management) - Q147 - Q149 are listed within the 'READ FIRST RM6094 DPS Needs v1' document within the Bid Pack as non applicable questions therefore you would not need to provide a response to those questions.
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Nov-11-2019 11:57
Can CCS confirm whether a case study is necessary for this. we have a number of clients with new technology that is being looked at by gov but don't have case studies at the moment.
As per Attachment READ FIRST RM6094 DPS Needs V1.PDF Quality Assessment - Technical & Professional capability (Q133) of the Standard Selection Questionnaire and Question 48 to 50 of the Dynamic Purchasing Questionnaire (DPSQ): 31. You are required to provide one (1) contract example in accordance with the response guidance provided in Attachment 7 - Response Guidance for Contract Example which form part of RM6094 Spark DPS bid pack.
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Oct-15-2019 08:58
How is a principal contract for goods and/or services defined (Q180)
Question 150 (Q180) of the standard SQ does NOT require a response from the supplier as stated in the DPS Needs document as para 38. These questions are not applicable as the standard SQ is for use across all government departments and these questions do not require a response as we ask for a contract example as part of the DPSQ.
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Aug-22-2019 09:50
You clarified that -CCS can confirm that there is a character count limit on Q51 of the DPSQ, the contract example. The character limit is 4,000 characters. But while answering the Contract Example Description for Selection Questionnaire "137. If you cannot provide at least one example customer contract, in no more than 500 words please" so this means the description should be 500 words.
correct, the word limit is 500 words.
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Aug-19-2019 16:39
To whom it may concern, We note that paragraph 2 of PPN 14/15 states that "Public procurement of contracts with a full life value of £10 million and above and duration of 12 months and above should be used to support skills development and delivery of the apprenticeship commitment. " This is a framework contract and the CCS has highlighted that there is no committed spend associated with it. With this in mind, will we still pass through the selection process even if we tick "No" in response to question 146? Yours sincerely,
You will still pass the selection process, even if you tick "no" in response to question 146.
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Aug-19-2019 16:38
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