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213. Core Terms. 4.6An Agency invoice is only valid if it: (a)includes all appropriate references including the Contract reference number and other details reasonably requested by the Client; (b)includes a detailed breakdown of Delivered Goods or Services and Milestone(s) (if any); and (c)does not include the Management Charge (the Agency must not charge the Client in any way for the Management Charge) but, for the avoidance of doubt, may include the GCS Management Charge where applicable.. What is the difference between the Management Charge and the GCS Management Charge? And is each worked out on a % of what is invoiced? and what is this %? thanks
RM6124 has 2 management fees associated to it - 1) 1% CCS Management fee. This fee is applicable to all contracts via the agreement and should be paid by the supplier.This will be invoiced by CCS to the supplier each month. This should not be passed on directly to the customer 2) 1% GCS Levy - This fee is applicable to Central Government customers only. Suppliers should add this as a separate line on all invoices.The customer will pay the supplier the 1%, CCS will then invoice the supplier and the 1% is passed on. Therefore, suppliers that hold contracts with Central Government departments via RM6124 should expect to receive an invoice for 2% each month
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08/02/2024 14:23
212. With regards to clarification question 201. We're on the 'SQ Evidence Submission' page but Qs 171 and 172 (about a parent company) are not relevant to us - yet leaving them blank creates an error which reads 'you have not added enough files to this answer - the minimum is 0' and the page reloads and you cannot progress. How do we get past this? There are no fields to insert a '0' into. Also, what 'documentary evidence' is required for Q179: 'Upload documentary evidence for a list of relevant principal contracts for goods and/or services provided in the last three years'? Your response is "Hi, we have responded to this question via email reference - 01452213" can you please share this response as I would like to have the same questions answered.
The first question seems to be a functionality issue with the SQ, If the Q in relation to a parent company isn't relevant to you then you should be able to leave it blank. In relation to the latter, contract examples need to have concluded within the last 3 years and the templates provided need to be used with a signature.
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22/01/2024 16:52
209. Hi, 179 asks - upload documentary evidence for a list of relevant principal contracts for goods and/or services provided in the last three years. What kind of evidence should be provided here? How detailed does this need to be? E.g can we list the brand names worked & then sign in letterhead format?
Yes you can list brand names. And you must use the templates provided in the question with the CCS letterhead and electronic signatures
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20/12/2023 16:46
208. Q162. Which of the following CESG cyber certifications does your organisation currently hold? Please tick all that apply. Please could you confirm if any of these are mandatory, thank you.
Hello, this information should be in the bid pack document which should be read before joining as a supplier
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14/11/2023 15:43
207. We've completed our SSQ and our research and insights DPSQ. Immediately following submission the supplier questionnaire had the status 'completed' but this now says 'expired'. (The research and insights dspq has the status of 'assessing'.) Please can you explain why the SSQ status is expired and whether we need to take any action and, if so, what? Thank you.
Hello. Thank you for your email. Our NQC team can advise on this as they run the SRS portal - support@nqc.com or 0161 393 4191
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27/10/2023 15:21
206. We have been asked to provide evidence (e.g supporting policy documents) as part of the selection questionnaire. How do we provide these? And do we need to provide everything listed or only the items that have a tick next to them?
Please contact our support team support@nqc.com who run the SRS portal who can advise on this please.
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29/09/2023 14:15
205. In the contract questionnaire for GSR / communications marketplace asks for two contract examples*. We don't have any specific company contracts as a very new company who have been working as sole traders. We have been supplying the govt dept (Active Travel England / Dept of Transport) for almost 12 months in this capacity. We have a collection of official purchase orders (POs from Dept of Transport) related to provision of video content (xxK each for specific number of videos etc). Can we use these as an example of 2 x contracts? We also have been supplying others in the same freelance fashion but tends to be single jobs (videos) and not long contracts. Do they count also? Can you advise please? Paul Boyd Yoyo Video
Suppliers can provide any contract that has now concluded. The length of the contract is irrelevant, however the services provided on that contract must match that of the scope of the agreement
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29/09/2023 14:13
204. We have completed the Modern Slavery Assessment but now need to link our selection questionnaire (that we're half way through) with an invitation code. Where do we find this invitation code? Could this please be resent if this should have come through as we don't seem to have it.
Please contact support@nqc.com. They operate the SRS portal.
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29/08/2023 10:33
203. Hi, We are going through the DPS Communications Marketplace selection questionnaire for a public relations brief and have the following question, if you could please clarify. Questions 150-153 relate to 'past performance in relation to competency, management systems, supplier performance and any breaches of health and safety legislation', and so doesn't seem relevant. Equally, having read the supplementary doc 'Procurement Policy Note 04/15 Taking Account of Suppliers' Past Performance', it states that In-Scope organisations are those where a contract value is £20m+, which is not the case with the contract we're going for. So should I just tick 'no' to Questions 150-153 as they are not applicable?
Yes the supplier can click no as they are N/A to them
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29/08/2023 10:30
202. Hello We are applying to GSR to enter the Comms Marketplace. Is below (Cyber Essentials certification) essential? If we answer 'No' would that exclude or impede us? -- Part 3: Cyber Essentials You are 82% through this questionnaire The 'Cyber Essentials' section outlines whether your organisation has relevant Cyber Essentials certification. 155. Does your organisation have Cyber Essentials certification? --- CE is almost £400 and aimed at larger orgs with IT depts and expertise. We are a tiny 2 person startup who works via Gmail and Google Drive. We have already been supplying the govt body (Active Travel Engand) on a sole trader / freelance basis for 9 months also. Thanks
Hi Paul. Cyber Essentials is a must requirement in order to be an eligible supplier via RM6124
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11/07/2023 15:19
201. We're on the 'SQ Evidence Submission' page but Qs 171 and 172 (about a parent company) are not relevant to us - yet leaving them blank creates an error which reads 'you have not added enough files to this answer - the minimum is 0' and the page reloads and you cannot progress. How do we get past this? There are no fields to insert a '0' into. Also, what 'documentary evidence' is required for Q179: 'Upload documentary evidence for a list of relevant principal contracts for goods and/or services provided in the last three years'?
Hi, we have responded to this question via email reference - 01452213
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11/07/2023 15:21
200. Hello We are applying to GSR to enter the Comms Marketplace. Is below essential? if we answer No would that exclude or impede us? ---- You are 82% through this questionnaire The 'Cyber Essentials' section outlines whether your organisation has relevant Cyber Essentials certification. 155. Does your organisation have Cyber Essentials certification? --- CE is almost £400 and aimed at larger orgs with IT depts and expertise. We are a tiny 2 person startup who works via Gmail and Google Drive. We have already been supplying the govt body (Active Travel Engand) on a sole trader / freelance basis for 9 months also. Thanks
Hi Paul. Cyber Essentials is a must requirement in order to be an eligible supplier via RM6124
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11/07/2023 15:19
199. Hi, I wanted to check to see if we are stuck in 'Assessing' stage or not, as this hasn't moved since we submitted it on 8th June. Our 'SQ Supplier Response' is marked as 'Finished' and is in 'Responding' stage. Our 'SQ Evidence Request' is marked as being in 'Assessing' stage. Is this now in your hands, and if so, do you know how long it will take to complete Assessing?
Hi, your application is showing as Reg 2 so needs to be submitted. If you require assistance on this, please contact NQC - support@nqc.com
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29/06/2023 15:39
198. Hello, We're trying to complete our questionnaire but due to the size of our business we do not meet the requirements to require an audit to be conducted and we do not issue/a Statements of Cashflow isn't required as part of our official yearly accounts. We therefore do not have these to attach as files. It seems we're not able to move to the next step without adding these. Could you please advise on how we can continue with our application? Many thanks,
You appear to have a technical problem submitting your application. Please contact Crown Commercial Service to log a case (either using the form on the Crown Commercial Website or by calling us on 0345 410 2222)
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23/06/2023 12:05
197. I am contacting to ask for advice on the following point: in the guidance for completing the Questionnaire it states that 'We will reject your request to participate if you:... (j) Are unable to confirm that your organisation is taking steps to reduce your GHG Emissions over time and is publicly committed to achieving Net Zero by 2050; and (k) Are unable to provide a link to your most recently published Carbon Reduction Plan or do not provide sufficient evidence that remedial action has taken place...'. As a microbusiness with a small number of employees all of whom work from home and do not commute, we do not currently have a detailed plan or policy on GHG emissions or achieving net zero. We recognise that we all have a role to play in meeting the UK's Net Zero targets and our wider climate challenge targets, but the challenges for microbusinesses are different to larger players in the market.?The supply chain we use and the services we offer are relatively low carbon/low emissions and we wondered if you would be able to advise on the sort of proportionate plan and/or policy that you would like to see as part of our application to join the DPS.
Unfortunately this is a blank policy across the agreement. Your organisation will need to provide some form of detail as to what steps are being taken towards becoming net zero.
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23/06/2023 12:06
196. Hi, I was looking for the Insurance limits required for tender requirements. We are a new registration on the portal and are a film/video production agency. How much Professional Indemnity, Public Liability and Product Liability Insurance limits should be there for qualification? Thanks
Insurances - The following amounts are required insurance amounts for suppliers ✔Employer's (Compulsory) Liability Insurance = £5m or more ✔Public Liability Insurance = £1m or more ✔Professional Indemnity Insurance = £1m or more
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01/06/2023 15:23
195. Good morning, We have been in 'Assessing' since 24/04. Whilst we understand this is still within CCS' assessment SLA, there may be a technical issue on the portal that is preventing comments from being viewed. Please can you confirm the status as you see it to ensure we aren't missing anything?
Hi, you have now been successful. Please add yourself on to the e-sourcing portal by following instructions on the Welcome letter sent 16/05
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24/05/2023 14:19
194. Hi, I have had the same response 3 times now. PLEASE can you look into the submission we have made for RM6124 as it is in ASSESSING and we are being continuously advised it is reg 2, are we looking in the wrong place?
Please contact support@nqc.com. They operate this portal.
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30/01/2023 11:58
193. Following the response from CCS regarding the status of the RM6124, the submission states we are in "Assessing" and not Reg 2 as suggested. Please can CCS look into this again?
Hi, we can see that you have applied to join RM6124, and you are in Reg 2 and need to submit your application.
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27/01/2023 11:48
192. Good Afternoon, We are currently looking to resubmit our application for Communications Marketplace that was previously rejected due to our financial score. Our score is now above the required level, please can CCS advise how to submit our application, the SQ reference is SQ-S27U7DN.
Email previously sent. Advised application in Reg 1 and NQC can advise
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30/01/2023 14:05

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