Contract Award Recruitment Services

Tim Campbell made this Freedom of Information request to National Citizens Service Trust

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Dear FOI Team,

I would be most grateful if you would provide me, under the Freedom of Information Act, details in respect to the contract below.

Contract Award Recruitment Services

The details we require are:

• Suppliers who applied for inclusion on each framework/contract and were successful & not successful at the PQQ & ITT stages
• Actual contract values of each framework/contract (& any sub lots)
• Start date & duration of framework
• Is there an extension clause in the framework(s)/contract(s) and, if so, the duration of the extension?
• Has a decision been made yet on whether the framework(s)/contract(s) are being either extended or renewed?
• Who is the senior officer (outside of procurement) responsible for this contract?

Thank you for your help.

Yours sincerely

NCS FoI, National Citizens Service Trust

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NCS FoI, National Citizens Service Trust

Dear Tim,
Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act received 30/01/2020. We are contacting you to inform you
that we need more time to respond to your request as we consider an
exemption applies. 
We consider that the Section 43(2) exemption under FOIA applies to some of
the information you have requested and that disclosure would be likely to
prejudice the commercial interest of NCS and unsuccessful suppliers.  We
require more time to consider the public interest test.
We hope to respond to you soon with the response to your request.
Thank you,
The NCS FOI Team

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NCS FoI, National Citizens Service Trust

Dear Mr Campbell

Information Requested FOI - Ref No: 00215626

Responding to your FOI request

 

The information majority of information requested is detailed in the
[1]award notice that was published in the OJEU. 

 

• Suppliers who applied for inclusion on each framework/contract and were
successful & not successful at the PQQ & ITT stages - 

 

We received 77 expressions of interest, 37 suppliers submitted a PQQ(SQ)
and 26 were invited to the ITT stage, we received 25 tender responses. The
names of the successful tenderers are:

Ball and Hoolahan Ltd 

Better Placed London Ltd

CoulterPepper Ltd

Goodman Masson Ltd

Manpower UK Ltd

Morgan Law Ltd

Networkers International (UK) Ltd

Oakleaf Partnership

Michael Page International Recruitment Ltd

Parity Professionals Ltd

Parkhouse Bell Ltd

Prospectus Ltd

PSD Group Ltd

Reed Specialist Recruitment Ltd 

Robertson Bell Ltd 

Ronin Ltd

Spring Technology Staffing Services Ltd

Step Ahead Social Enterprise Community Interest Company

Switch Consulting Recruitment Ltd

As we have advised you in our holding response sent to you on 27th
February 2020, we consider that the information that you have requested in
relation to the names of the unsuccessful applicants falls under the
exemption at Section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information 2000(FOIA). 

 

We are withholding this information on the basis that disclosing the names
of the unsuccessful suppliers would be likely to prejudice or harm the
commercial interests of both the suppliers and NCST. Disclosing the names
of unsuccessful bidders could damage the bidders’ commercial reputations
and in turn could deter suppliers from competing in public tenders, if
there is a risk that an unsuccessful bid could become public knowledge. In
turn, NCST might be left with fewer suppliers and therefore be less able
to secure best value for public money. 

Section 43(2) of FOIA  is a qualified exemption, which means that NCST is
required to consider the public interest when the Section 43(2) exemption
is engaged. NCST therefore has to decide whether the balance of the public
interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs that of disclosing the
information. In favour of disclosure, NCST notes that there is a strong
case for openness and transparency in the affairs of public bodies,
especially in relation to public spending. In favour of withholding the
information, NCST notes that the disclosure of such information may cause
unwarranted reputational damage to those suppliers who were unsuccessful
in their bids, which may in turn damage their commercial interests through
loss of trade. 

Given that the unsuccessful bidders will not be supplying services to
NCST, and therefore the release of their names will not be relevant to
issues over public spending or transparency, NCST considers that the
public interest lies in favour of withholding the information. In NCST’s
view there is no public interest in releasing names of suppliers who will
not be contracting with NCST, which is set against the backdrop of
potential unwarranted reputational damage to those unsuccessful
suppliers. 

There is also, in NCST’s view, a risk that if suppliers knew their lack of
success in winning a tender would be made public, they may decide not to
bid at all. This might in turn narrow the pool of suppliers and prevent
NCST, as a public body, from being able to obtain the best value for
public money. In addition, NCST has ensured transparency and fairness in
the procurement process as far as possible by publishing as much
information as it considers appropriate, including the names of successful
bidders and details of the evaluation criteria as part of the tender
process. 

 

• Actual contract values of each framework/contract (& any sub lots) 

 

This is a framework and there is no value attached to each contract. The
estimated spend over the life of the framework is up to £800k, if all
extension options are taken. It is likely to be lower than this. 

 

• Start date & duration of framework 

 

The framework started on 01/07/2019 and the initial period was 1 year.

 

• Is there an extension clause in the framework(s)/contract(s) and, if so,
the duration of the extension? 

 

As detailed in the award notice there is a one year option to extend. 

 

• Has a decision been made yet on whether the framework(s)/contract(s) are
being either extended or renewed? 

 

No decision has been made yet. 

 

• Who is the senior officer (outside of procurement) responsible for this
contract?  

 

The Head of Recruitment is responsible for this contract.

 

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On Thu, 27 Feb 2020 at 13:58, NCS FoI <[5][National Citizens Service Trust request email]> wrote:

Dear Tim,
Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act received 30/01/2020. We are contacting you to inform you
that we need more time to respond to your request as we consider an
exemption applies. 
We consider that the Section 43(2) exemption under FOIA applies to some
of the information you have requested and that disclosure would be
likely to prejudice the commercial interest of NCS and unsuccessful
suppliers.  We require more time to consider the public interest test.
We hope to respond to you soon with the response to your request.
Thank you,
The NCS FOI Team

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