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There are 246 clarifications for this DPS

Is there an estimation on the value of work that is to be expected under this DPS please?
There is no estimation of the value of work that may, or may not, be awarded under the Research Marketplace DPS agreement. Once you are appointed as a supplier to the Research Marketplace DPS agreement it allows you to be invited to participate in call-off competitions as published by public sector customers, however you will only be invited to bid if your service offering (as selected by you) matches the filters the customers choose. Being shortlisted and invited to bid does not guarantee you a contract, you will have to participate in the competition and score as the most advantageous tender in order to be awarded the work.
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09/06/2021 13:37
Do you meet the minimum level of economic and financial standing and/or minimum financial threshold specified within the evaluation criteria for this procurement? What document do you need to complete to find your credit score above 51?
Suppliers are not required to complete a document to find your credit score. CCS use the score as listed against your DUNS number on the Dun & Bradstreet website to determine if you meet the financial threshold. Please note that if an organisation happens to fail the financial threshold we follow the processes specified in the DPS Needs document at Part 3 - Economic & Financial Standing which may involve a request for a guarantor.
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05/05/2021 11:00
In reference to the question: Do you meet the minimum level of economic and financial standing and/or minimum financial threshold specified within the evaluation criteria for this procurement? What is the minimum level? Many thanks.
CCS can confirm the minimum financial threshold credit score is 51 or above, as detailed in the DPS Need document at point 24.
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02/03/2021 11:58
Can I confirm that a wet signature is now not compulsory for the contract examples?
During the current Covid-19 pandemic situation it has been agreed that CCS will progress an application to join the RM6018 Research Marketplace DPS without a wet signature being held on the Letters of Confirmation of Work (LoCoW). We will accept it as a true example and request an email from the customer when possible as validation.
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09/12/2020 15:53
I have a question regarding the parent company guarantee I am being asked to upload to the portal. Who should I enter as the 'customer' in such a document? Should it be 'Crown Commercial Service', with the service we provide being the 'Research Marketplace framework'?
Please refer to the RM6018 Research Marketplace DPS Needs document held within the Bid Pack. Section 36 details questions which are not applicable to this DPS and states as follows: Selection Questionnaire - Not Applicable questions: 36. There are questions in the Selection Questionnaire and corresponding Evidence Submission' stage that are not applicable for this RM6018 Research Marketplace procurement, therefore bidders must please note, a response is NOT required to the questions as detailed below: • Part 2: (Contract Example 3) - Q135 • Part 3: (Steel) Q147 - Q149 • Part 3: (Supply Chain) Q150 - Q154 • Part 3 (NHS Requirements) Q158 - Q161 Evidence Submission stage for the following questions: • Q166 - Q172, Q176 and Q179 - Q185.
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09/12/2020 15:53
When using the above framework, can sole traders apply to be part of it, in particular sole traders who don't have a company name?
Yes, they can still apply for the DPS absolutely. However, they should be aware of the questions that will be asked of them during the application process. For instance, they will have their financial stability checked using Dun and Bradstreet and if (due to being a sole trader) their risk score falls below the necessary threshold they will be asked to produce their latest full year accounts for our commercial finance team to review. Also, they should be mindful that we ask for examples of previous work and those examples must be backed up by letters of confirmation signed by the named customer, so would be prudent to choose examples that have available customers to sign off on them.
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10/11/2020 15:00
Good afternoon, Q5. (Confirm any registered numbers against your organisation) asks for our Registered Company Number, however as a privately owned partnership we do not have a registered number, nor do we have a date of registration (although we can provide the year we were founded instead). Please can you confirm how we can answer these questions to allow us to proceed, as currently I receive a message stating that 'the field does not match the required format' when I enter 'N/A'? Many thanks.
Where the customer organisation does not have a company number or date of registration, please input N/A or 00000001 in the fields that aren't applicable.
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10/11/2020 14:41
Can you please confirm how long it takes to receive the result after submitting an application?
CCS can confirm that, providing no issues arise during the assessment process, in which CCS and the bidder have a maximum of fifteen (15) working days to resolve said issues, a decision can be reached the same day application is submitted
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20/08/2020 11:46
Please could we clarify the time period within which contract example must have taken place. Attachment 5 states: "Examples provided must relate to contracts performed during the past three (3) years, prior to publication of the OJEU Contract notice to be valid as evidence for this procurement". We find this confusing. We understand the OJEU Contract notice was published in January 2018. Are the examples supposed to be within three years prior to Jan 2018 (i.e., to Jan 2015) or do you mean three years from today's date? If the latter, can they also be after January 2018?
Evidenced examples must not be older than 3 years prior to the OJEU publication date, i.e. from no earlier than January 2015, but more recent than the publication date would be fine, as suppliers can join at any time in the life of the agreement.
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18/08/2020 11:17
In response to the clarification question on May 18 2020, can you please confirm that we are able to submit the Letters of Confirmation of Work without a wet signature, and can instead request an email from the customer when possible as validation without impacting the evaluation timeline?
If in light of the current situation, you cannot obtain a wet signature then if you pass on the customer contact details for each example to our DPS team (who review your application) they will contact the customer directly to get confirmation that your example is accurate
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18/08/2020 11:15
Good morning. We are in the process of finalising our DPSQ application to the Research Marketplace. We have to provide two contract examples. Given the current climate we are unable to provide wet signatures on the documents given the current climate. It may take some time to even acquire an e-signature given our customers other priorities at this time. How do you suggest we proceed as we are keen to submit our application ASAP. Many thanks.
During the current Covid-19 pandemic situation it has been agreed that CCS will progress an application to join the RM6018 Research Marketplace DPS without a wet signature being held on the Letters of Confirmation of Work (LoCoW). We will accept it as a true example and request an email from the customer when possible as validation.
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18/05/2020 09:13
Am I understanding this correctly? Is this DPS purely for companies offering research? Our Lean Consultants design & implement a Continuous Improvement Operating System, which encompasses lean/business transformation, supply chain excellence, focussing on continuous improvement, leadership and culture. Is this DPS relevant to us?
The CPV codes for the agreement include "Business services: law, marketing, consulting, recruitment, printing and security", and within the marketplace filters, there is an option for customers to select Consultancy as a Research Method. You may wish to register to be included in any opportunities that customers issue for consultancy services within the Research Marketplace, then consider whether you can meet the specific customer's requirement.
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24/12/2019 08:36
We are a supplier ad well as being part of the larger Government organisational structure. With regard to Employer's Liability, our organisation is part of the Government and in exempt by law from having to hold this insurance. As indeed is the rest of the Government. How are we best to put this on the DPS ?
Can you please confirm if you have a copy of proof of your exemption e.g. exemption certificate? Additionally and in response to the appropriate Employers liability insurance questions in the selection questionnaire, please select 'No' to this question and CCS will retain your confirmation below and a proof of your exemption.
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15/11/2019 08:07
With reference to the Research supplier supporting documents 1a and 1b, letters of confirmation; do the letters have to come from UK organisations we've worked for, or can they be international? Our larger projects have been international.
CCS can confirm that the Customer organisation can be an overseas company but the supporting Attachments 1a and 1b - Letters of Confirmation of Works must be signed (wet signature) by the customer organisation.
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12/11/2019 09:12
With reference to Attachment 1a ; 1b: Letter of confirmation of works. Can the 'Customer Organisation' (ie our reference of previous research) be an overseas customer, or does it have to be a UK company? Thanks.
CCS can confirm that the Customer organisation can be an overseas company but the supporting Attachments 1a and 1b - Letters of Confirmation of Works must be signed (wet signature) by the customer organisation.
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12/11/2019 09:11
140. Employer's (Compulsory) Liability Insurance It is a legal requirement that all companies hold Employer's (Compulsory) Liability Insurance of £5 million as a minimum. Please note this requirement is not applicable to Sole Traders. If we do not have employees do we still need employer's liability insurance in order to be accepted as a supplier on this DPS?
CCS can confirm organisations who don't hold Employers Liability Insurance as they don't have any employees, will be expected to provide a self cleaning response to CCS if selecting 'No' to this question as part of their DPS submission, which will then be retained for audit and contractual purposes.
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08/11/2019 11:24
129. Do you meet the minimum level of economic and financial standing and/or minimum financial threshold specified within the evaluation criteria for this procurement? As the financial threshold is not specified within the evaluation criteria, should we tick 'yes' on our SQ?
Please refer to the RM6018 Research Marketplace DPS Needs Bid Back Part 3 - Economic and Financial Standing section 23 where the financial threshold score of 51 is referenced. CCS undertake the financial checks when the application is submitted as detailed in the DPS Needs document at Part 3 - Economic & Financial Standing. Please note that if an organisation happens to fail the financial threshold we follow the processes specified in the DPS Needs document at Part 3 - Economic & Financial Standing which may involve a request for a guarantor.
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08/11/2019 10:29
Could you please clarify the following: Q129: Do you meet the minimum level of economic and financial standing and/or minimum financial threshold specified within the evaluation criteria for this procurement? Query: Could you advise me where I can access the evaluation criteria for this question. 130. Are you able to provide parent company accounts if requested at a later stage? Query: We do not have a parent company but there are only options Yes or No to answer there is no N/A - should I indicate Y or N? 131. Would the parent company be willing to provide a guarantee if necessary? Query: We do not have a parent company but there are only options Yes or No to answer there is no N/A - again should I answer Y or N
Q129 - CCS undertake the financial checks when the application is submitted as detailed in the DPS Needs document at Part 3 - Economic & Financial Standing. Please note that if an organisation happens to fail the financial threshold we follow the processes specified in the DPS Needs document at Part 3 - Economic & Financial Standing which may involve a request for a guarantor. Q130 - If you do not have a parent company then you can select No to this question. Q131 - If you do not have a parent company then you should answer No to this question.
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31/10/2019 09:52
Is this DPS suitable for management consultancies?
CCS can confirm that the RM6018 DPS is suitable for management consultancies, if the management consultancy organisation is contracting for research and not consultancy services.
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10/07/2019 07:39
We would like to change our answers to questions 177 and 178 to 'no' as these were answered in error. Also, we would like to understand what is meant by 'Principal Contract' in question 179 and what type of 'certificate' is sought in question 180. We support a wide range of clients and do not, typically seek a certificate of completion for the work we undertake.
As you are unable to go back and amend your application please leave the responses to Q177 and 178 as blank and confirm by message that you don't meet the requirements of Policy Procurement Notice (PPN 14/15). Following a review of the DPS Needs v2.0 in the Research Marketplace DPS bid pack, there are questions in the Selection Questionnaire that are not applicable for this RM6018 Research Marketplace DPS procurement. Questions 179 and 180 are not applicable as these questions are linked to Part 3: (Past Performance) Q150 - Q154. No response was required for question 150 to 154. Therefore, these questions can be disregarded.
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10/06/2019 11:01
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