Procurement of Consultancy Services

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Benjamin Barnes

Dear Sir/Madam,

Please could you provide a breakdown of which mechanisms you procure consultancy services from, specifically:

1. Do you use national procurement frameworks to procure consultancy?
a. If so, which frameworks do you use, and what proportion of your consultancy spend over the last 12 months has been on each of the frameworks you are part of.

2. Do you use third party neutral vendors/procurement solution providers (eg ESPO, Bloom, Procurement hub) to procure consultancy?
a. If so which do you use, and what proportion of your consultancy spend over the last 12 months has been on each of the vendors you use.

3. Do you use internal frameworks to procure consultancy? (IE frameworks that are not national, that you administer yourselves or share with a small number of other local authorities)
a. If so what proportion of your consultancy spend over the last 12 months has been on each of the frameworks you have and when will they expire/re-open for applications.

4. Have you procured consultancy services through your own unique, project specific tender processes? (for example advertising a tender for a specific consultancy piece of work)
a. If so what proportion of your consultancy spend was procured through this route, and where do you advertise such opportunities?

5. Have you procured consultancy services through any other mechanisms in the last 12 months? (for example direct awards). If so what proportion of your consultancy spend was this for.

Yours faithfully,

Benjamin Barnes

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Barnes,

 

Information enquiry reference FOI-19-0942.

 

Thank you for your recent request for information, which we received on 10
July 2019.

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 8 August 2019.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[1]ACC_Crest_for Tomina Egbuson | Access to Information Officer
mac email
Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College |Business Hub 17,  3^rd Floor | Broad
Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AQ

 

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Dear Mr Barnes,

 

Thank you for your information request of 10 July 2019 and please accept
our apologies for delay in providing the response to you.  Aberdeen City
Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the information
requested. Our response is now detailed below.

 

 1. Do you use national procurement frameworks to procure consultancy?

Yes

If so, which frameworks do you use, and what proportion of your
consultancy spend over the last 12 months has been on each of the
frameworks you are part of.

Please see attached: FOI-19-0942 - Procurement Framework.

 

 2. Do you use third party neutral vendors/procurement solution providers
(eg ESPO, Bloom, Procurement hub) to procure consultancy?

Yes

If so which do you use, and what proportion of your consultancy spend over
the last 12 months has been on each of the vendors you use.

Please see attached: FOI-19-0942 - Procurement Framework.

 

 3. Do you use internal frameworks to procure consultancy? (IE frameworks
that are not national, that you administer yourselves or share with a
small number of other local authorities)

Yes

If so what proportion of your consultancy spend over the last 12 months
has been on each of the frameworks you have and when will they
expire/re-open for applications.

Please see attached: FOI-19-0942 - Procurement Framework.

 

 4. Have you procured consultancy services through your own unique,
project specific tender processes? (for example advertising a tender
for a specific consultancy piece of work)

Yes

If so what proportion of your consultancy spend was procured through this
route, and where do you advertise such opportunities?

Please see attached: FOI-19-0942 - Procurement Framework.

 

All opportunities are advertised on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS), see
[1]https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.... .

               

 5. Have you procured consultancy services through any other mechanisms in
the last 12 months? (for example direct awards). If so what proportion
of your consultancy spend was this for.

No.

 

 

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We hope this helps with your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[2]ACC_Crest_for Tomina Egbuson | Access to Information Officer
mac email
Aberdeen City Council | Access to Information Team |
Customer Feedback |Customer

Marischal College |Business Hub 6,  1^st Floor | Broad
Street | Aberdeen | AB10 1AB

 

Dial: 01224 522166

[3]www.aberdeencity.gov.uk | Twitter: @AberdeenCC |
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