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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
To whom it may concern, PPN 14/15 clearly states: "Do not" Use selection criteria requiring a bidder to have a general policy on apprenticeships in order to participate in the competition. Selection criteria addressing apprenticeship policy should instead invite bidders to demonstrate how their current skills policy, including any policy on apprenticeships, would support developing and maintaining skills required under the contract." With this in mind, please would the Authority consider replacing the yes/no question 146 with a text box that will enable us to provide a more nuanced answer to the question of skills development? Yours sincerely,
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Aug-19-2019 16:36
You clarified that - 'You must then describe the contract example at question number 133 of the Standard Selection Questionnaire OR at question 50 of the Dynamic Purchasing System section of the Selection Questionnaire. If you choose to complete question number 133, your response will automatically transpose to question 50'. Therefore the contract example you used at Q133 of the standard Selection Questionnaire has pulled through to Q50 of the DPSQ. But in my case, I had to fill all the contract example details again for Q50.
This sounds like a platform related issue. If you are having technical issues, please contact NQC who should be able to answer any queries. Their contact number is 0845 299 2994.
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Aug-19-2019 16:35
Can you please clarify if the Parent Company Guarantee is not a Mandatory requirement? Can we progress with the Framework if we answer "No" to question "Would the parent company be willing to provide a guarantee if necessary?".
The parent guarantee isn't mandatory and would be picked up during the finance checks if needed but you can preemptively propose one if needed.
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Aug-16-2019 13:36
Hi, Please may we be issued a Word version of the framework agreement? Thanks
No a word version is not available but a non watermarked pdf version will be made available on you being successfully appointed as a Supplier on the DPS. This version will be presented when your application is placed in the 'Agreeing' stage (this is the stage were you will electronically agree to the DPS Terms and Conditions), as a DPS is a wholly electronic process you will be presented with a non watermarked version of the DPS Agreement at this stage, and this should be downloaded by the Supplier and will be your DPS Agreement.
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Aug-07-2019 14:21
Could you please confirm if the contract example word limit is 500 words?
CCS can confirm that there is a character count limit on Q51 of the DPSQ, the contract eample. The character limit is 4,000 characters.
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Aug-07-2019 14:20
For contract example, we need to provide 'Estimated contract value' which is sensitive information. Is it Mandatory to provide these details?
CCS can confirm that a figure does need to be input into the 'estimated contract value' box to enable you to progress with the application. This information will only be available to view by CCS and to customer organisations who wish to appoint you as a supplier for any call off competitions that they hold.
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Aug-07-2019 14:20
For the Contract example, we need to provide the email address of the Customer Contact person, is this mandatory ?
Yes as per 'Attachment 7 - Response Guidance for Contract Example', which can be found in the Bid pack, the third bullet point in the compliance criteria states that CCS may wish to contact the Customer in order to validate the contract example.
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Aug-07-2019 14:20
Regarding the reference case, will the company name, point of contact details etc. be listed on the portal, or will they be confidential?
The contract example details will not be listed on the portal, but they will be able to be viewed by Customer organiations who select you as a successful Supplier on any Competition they hold as confirmation of your ability to deliver the required services.
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Aug-07-2019 14:19
I have answered the Q133 of the Selection Questionnaire and also described the Contract example as per the guidelines provided in Attachment 7. Now I have progressed and reached the 'Registered2' stage and it's again asking the same details about the Contract example. Can I here use the same 500 words description of Contract example as I had used in Q133 of 'Selection Questionnaire'
Please refer to the 'READ FIRST RM6094 DPS Needs' document which is located within the Bid Pack, as per paragraph 33 on page 12 it states 'You must then describe the contract example at question number 133 of the Standard Selection Questionnaire OR at question 50 of the Dynamic Purchasing System section of the Selection Questionnaire. If you choose to complete question number 133, your response will automatically transpose to question 50'. Therefore the contract example you used at Q133 of the standard Selection Questionnaire has pulled through to Q50 of the DPSQ.
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Aug-07-2019 14:18
For the Contract example, we need to provide the Start and End Date but if the project is still ongoing what should we enter in the End Date field.
CCS can confirm you input the expected end date of the contract (ie a date in advance).
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Aug-07-2019 14:18
When using the Case Study Template, is there a maximum number of pages or word count limit for the submitted case study?
CCS can confirm that there is no maximum word count or number of pages for the Suppliers Case Study as this will not be uploaded onto the SRS system, which has limits on the numbers of characters in the response boxes.
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Aug-07-2019 14:17
If we have Cyber Essentials Plus, when filling out the questionnaire, should we select "yes" or "no" to whether we have Cyber Essentials? In other words, should we select "yes" for both Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus, or "no" for Cyber Essentials and then "yes" for Cyber Essentials Plus?
You will need to answer "no" to Cyber Essentials and "yes" to Cyber Essentials Plus.
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Aug-06-2019 10:53
Can I use a US deployment of Intelligent Voice as my disruptive or radical innovation? Or does it have to be UK / EEA based?
The US is fine as its a GPA country.
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Jul-19-2019 14:37
In the READ FIRST Document its mentioned that we do not need to answer Part 3: (Dept of Health Questions) - Q157 - Q161. But I cannot see Q157, after Q156 there is directly Q158. Also since the application was not allowing me to save and proceed without answering Q158 - Q161 I had to answer it and its not allowing to deselect it. Could you please guide on this.
The website should allow you to do this. However, if you are having technical issues please contact NQC who should be able to answer any queries. Their contact number is 0845 299 2994.
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Jul-18-2019 09:48
For the bit about PSCs, does this count the original founders? Or just outside investors?
It's just whoever has more than the 25% stake in the company.
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Jul-18-2019 09:29
As mentioned in the 'RM6094 Customer Needs v1' document- 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. Bidders need to specify the services as per in the Attachment 1 - Matrix. Request to clarify where we need to select these services as we could not see these services while completing the Selection Questionnaire.
CCS can see that you have started to complete the standard Selection Questionnaire, but this has not yet been completed, once this is completed and submitted you will then be presented with the DPSQ (the DPS specific Selection Questionnaire) were you will then be presented with the service offerings available, which you will select all the services that you can deliver. For clarity, the services are not shown as questions in the standard Selection Questionnaire, but this (the Standard SQ) must be completed before you are presented with the DPSQ questions, which will include questions on the service offering.
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Jul-17-2019 16:06
Can you please clarify if we need to create separate Selection Questionnaire for each service offering. e.g Artificial Intelligence and Automation-Machine Learning a separate Selection Questionnaire and for Artificial Intelligence and Automation-Robotic Process Automation a separate Selection Questionnaire
CCS can confirm that you are not required to complete a separate Selection Questionnaire for each service offering.
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Jul-17-2019 16:04
If we provide three contract examples do we need to provide the signed 'Letter of Confirmation of Works' for all three examples or only one
Bidders are only required to provide one contract example with a Letter of Confirmation of Works.
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Jul-16-2019 12:25
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