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Audit Services Provision.

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Scottish Natural Heritage
Great Glen House, Leachkin Road
Contact point(s): Procurment Department
IV3 8NW Inverness
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1463725097
E-mail:
Fax: +44 1463725067

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.snh.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA00383

Electronic access to information: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity
Environment
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Cairngorms National Park Authority

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority

Food Standards Scotland

Forestry Commission Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Audit Services Provision.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 9: Accounting, auditing and bookkeeping services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Scotland Wide.

NUTS code UKM

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 2

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in months: 48

Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 250 000 and 600 000 GBP
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
1. Lot 1:
- Flexible provision of internal auditors to supplement existing internal audit delivery arrangements. The number of days required will be dependent on the content of internal audit plans;
- Flexible provision of auditors to undertake audits of grant claims or externally funded projects in accordance with the funders requirements.
2. Lot 2:
- Flexible provision of the full range of internal audit services for organisations without existing internal audit delivery arrangements.

Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information, please visit the Public Contracts Scotland web site at: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=420583

The buyer has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the Postbox facility. A user guide is available at: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/sitehelp/help_guides.aspx

Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72810000, 90714000, 72150000, 79200000, 79212100

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.8)Lots
This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots
II.1.9)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Supplementing existing internal audit delivery arrangements
1)Short description
- Flexible provision of internal auditors to supplement existing internal audit delivery arrangements. The number of days required will be dependent on the content of each organisation's internal audit plans. The scope of the work will include:
a. Undertaking or assisting with financial, non-financial, cultural and computer-based internal auditing as required;
b. Undertaking or assisting with internal fraud investigations as required;
c. Undertaking quality assessment reviews of the in-house internal audit team against Public Sector Internal Audit Standards as required.
- Flexible provision of auditors to undertake audits of grant claims or externally funded projects in accordance with the funders requirements. This could include European Funding (ERDF, ESF, LIFE, LEADER, etc.) as well as other external funding sources such as HLF.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79212100, 79200000, 72150000, 72800000, 72810000

3)Quantity or scope
Various.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 2 Lot title: Provision of the full range of internal audit services
1)Short description
- Preparing or assisting with the development of internal audit plans as required;
- Undertaking or assisting with financial, non-financial, cultural and computer-based internal auditing as required;
- Reporting on progress against internal audit plans at Audit Committee meetings as required;
- Provision of advice in relation to the operation of Audit Committees as required;
- Provision of advice in terms of internal policy development (for example, counter fraud, whistle-blowing, governance statements) as required;
- Undertaking or assisting with internal fraud investigations as required;
- Flexible provision of auditors to undertake audits of grant claims or externally funded projects in accordance with the funders requirements. This could include European Funding (ERDF, ESF, LIFE, LEADER, etc.) as well as other external funding sources such as HLF.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72800000, 72810000, 90714200, 72150000, 79200000, 79212100

3)Quantity or scope
Various.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (1) Any candidate found to be guilty of serious misrepresentation in providing any information required, may be declared ineligible and not selected to continue with this procurement process.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (1) All candidates will be required to provide statements of accounts or extracts from those accounts relating to their business.
III.2.3)Technical capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
(1) A check may be carried out by the contracting authority or by a competent official body of the State in which the candidate is established, to verify the technical capacity of the candidate; and if relevant, on the candidates study and research facilities and quality control measures.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: yes

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
PP963
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
22.12.2015 - 14:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 22.12.2015 - 14:00

Place:

Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, Inverness, IV3 8NW.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published: 48 months.
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information
(SC Ref: 420583).
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
11.11.2015