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Tender description

A multiple-supplier framework for the supply of print books (fiction, non-fiction, curriculum and reference materials) and digital lending solutions to provide eBook and eAudiobook accessibility to a range of academic, school and public library service users.

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Legal, economic, financial and technical information

Contract performance conditions

This contract will operate ongoing contract monitoring procedures following award, to ensure financial stability requirements are maintained.

Credit rating checks will be carried out on a regular basis, using the credit rating agency, Creditsafe Business Solutions Ltd.

Any changes will be assessed (compared with a baseline credit rating score obtained at contract award stage) and significant changes or sustained degradation will be investigated.

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents


Conditions for opening of tenders



Type of contest
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Languages in which projects or requests to participate may be drawn up
Notice number in the OJ S
2020/S 027-063346
Local time

Complementary information

This is a recurrent procurement
Review body

The Royal Court of Justice

The Strand



Additional information
As a Central Purchasing Body as defined by the EU Procurement Directive 2014/24/EU, the framework agreement is open for use by public bodies (defined at that also fall into one of the following classifications of user throughout all administrative regions of the UK: local authorities; educational establishments (including Academies); central government departments and agencies; police, fire and rescue and coastguard emergency services; NHS and HSC bodies, including ambulance services; registered charities; registered social landlords; the Corporate Office of the House of Lords, the Corporate Officer of the House of Commons or any public body established by or under the Scotland Act 1998 or any Act of the Scottish Parliament. Details of the classification of end user establishments and geographical areas are available at:
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures
ESPO will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. Applicants who are unsuccessful shall be informed by ESPO as soon as possible after the decision has been made as to the reasons why the applicant was unsuccessful. If an appeal regarding the award of the contract has not been successfully resolved, the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2105 No 102) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take legal action. Any such action must be brought within the applicable limitation period. Where a contract has not been entered into, the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order for any document to be amended and may award damages, make a declaration of ineffectiveness, order for a fine to be paid and/or order the duration of the contract be shortened. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow the parties to apply to the Courts to set aside the award decision before the contract is entered into.
Date of dispatch of this notice
2020-07-09 Main CPV code 22100000

Bidding information

Bidding deadline

7 Aug 2020

0 days remaining

Total estimated value

GBP 12.0 million




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