Published date: 7 August 2020

Last edited date: 10 August 2020

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 9 September 2020, 2pm

Contract summary


  • Water distribution and related services - 65100000

Location of contract

England, Scotland, Wales

Value of contract


Procurement reference

F/070/WAT/20/IB (update)

Published date

7 August 2020

Closing date

9 September 2020

Closing time


Contract start date

1 October 2020

Contract end date

30 September 2022

Contract type

Not specified

Procedure type

Open procedure (above threshold)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

This procedure can be used for procurements above the relevant contract value threshold.

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, through its Commercial Procurement Services and working in collaboration with Inspired Energy plc, wishes to award a multi-supplier national framework agreement for the supply of water retail services.

The Framework will have two Lots:

Lot 1: Supply of Water and Waste-water Retail Services in England and Wales

Lot 2: Supply of Water and Waste-water Retail Services in Scotland

Tenders may be submitted for one or both Lots.

Further details of the lot structures are provided in SCHEDULE A - Framework Agreement Specification of this ITT.

Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest and bid for this ITT:
1. Browse to the esourcing portal and click on view current opportunities
2. Select the title of the ITT.
3. Review the ITT, Framework Agreement Specification, Prerequisites and List of Eligible Users (you may do this without registering).
4. Register your organisation on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once).
5. Accept the portal terms and conditions and click 'continue', Enter your organisation and user details, Note the username you chose and click 'Save' when complete You will shortly receive an e-mail with your unique password (please keep this secure).
6. Login to the portal with the username/password.
7. Click the 'PQQs/ITTs Open To All Suppliers' link. (These are Pre-
Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier)
8. Click on the relevant PQQ/ITT to access the content.
9. Click the 'Express Interest' button at the top of the page This will move the PQQ/ITT into your 'My PQQs/My ITTs' page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only). You can now access any attachments by clicking 'Buyer Attachments' in the 'PQQ/ITT Details' box.
10. Responding to the ITT. Click 'My Response' under 'PQQ/ITT Details', you can choose to 'Create Response' or to 'Decline to Respond' (please give a reason if declining) You can now use the Messages function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification Note the deadline for completion, then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the ITT. There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available) You must then submit your reply using the 'Submit Response' button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.

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Additional text

Due to the time taken between transmission of the OJEU Contract Notice and its publication in TED, the deadline for submitting tenders will be extended by 5 working days, to 9 September 2020 at 1400 BST.

About the buyer


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