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What is the Devon Procurement Partnership (DPP)?

The Devon Procurement Partnership (DPP) is a partnership of public organisations operating within Devon which include: Community Council of Devon, Devon and Cornwall Police Authority, Devon County Council, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Services, Dartmoor National Park, Devon Primary Care … Continue reading

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The council’s procedures seem to be long winded and complicated, do they really need to be like this?

As a local authority we are bound by a number of rules and regulations dictating the way we conduct procurement. The Council is bound by the following rules and regulations: DCC internal code of business conduct which is designed to … Continue reading

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What is a Contract Notice?

A Contract Notice is an advertisement notifying suppliers of a contract opportunity. This may be in the OJEU or any other media.

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What are framework agreements?

A framework agreement is an agreement between one or more contracting authorities and one or more economic operators, the purpose of which is to establish the terms governing contracts to be awarded during a given period, in particular with regard … Continue reading

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If my organisation is unsuccessful in bidding for a contract will I be told why?

Devon County Council is very keen to work with the market place and will always provide feedback on tender responses whether they are successful or not. We will provide you with a debrief detailing your strengths and where improvement can … Continue reading

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Who decides whom to award a contract to?

An evaluation of all responses will be carried out which will include technical, quality and cost. Once the evaluation has been completed and certain checks have been undertaken an award recommendation report will be written based on the results of … Continue reading

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Will I need to attend an interview/presentation during the tendering process?

Dependant on the requirements of the contract it may be considered useful for an interview or presentation to be part of the process.  If this is the case full details of the procedure will be provided within the tender documentation.  Tenderers often … Continue reading

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Is the council just looking for the cheapest option?

It is extremely rare for a tender to be evaluated on price alone. The method used for evaluating tenders is described as “most economically advantageous tender” which means that a mixture of quality and price criteria would be used to … Continue reading

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How is a tender response evaluated?

The evaluation criteria for any tender process is agreed by the project team involved and is published within the tender documentation so that all suppliers are aware of them. Likely criteria for evaluation of tenders are quality of goods or service, technical … Continue reading

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How can I improve my chances of being successful with tenders?

The “How to do Business with the Council” guide will give you information and advice on how to do business with the council.  The authority will also provide feedback upon request on any tender process you have taken part in … Continue reading

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