This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Monday 6 December 2021
Department of Digital, Media, Culture & Sport (DCMS)

Honours Database

15 Incomplete applications

13 SME, 2 large

7 Completed applications

6 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Monday 22 November 2021
Deadline for asking questions
Monday 29 November 2021 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 6 December 2021 at 11:59pm GMT


Off-payroll (IR35) determination
Contracted out service: the off-payroll rules do not apply
Summary of the work

● support the work of the Honours Team
● automate and improve the workflow - including production of multiple lists/reports
● comply with Government Digital Service design/standards
● be compliant with DCMS IT policies e.g GDPR and security
● ensure the database is easy to use and to maintain.
Latest start date
Monday 10 January 2022
Expected contract length
1 year with optional extension
No specific location, for example they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for
Department of Digital, Media, Culture & Sport (DCMS)
Budget range

About the work

Why the work is being done
The key objectives of this procurement are to engage a supplier to provide a nomination and awards system.

Improve the business processes and workflows in the Honours Team
Improve business intelligence with useful data visualisation(Reports)
Integrate better with technologies and services already on the DCMS IT estate and future proof against service developments
which complies with DCMS IT GDPR requirements (including data storage in the UK)
Problem to be solved
The DCMS Honours Team processes about 2000 nominations each year and submits between 550-600 nominations for consideration by five Honours Committees twice a year (New Year and Queen’s Birthday Honours rounds). These nominations include those from the public, stakeholders, DCMS policy teams and Ministerial suggestions. The final list for each round is approved by the Permanent Secretary. The Honours Team also briefs and supports the Permanent Secretary for her attendance at four Honours Committees twice a year.
The number of nominations has grown rapidly with the department's expansion and the current manual system for processing and tracking these is therefore now no longer fit for purpose. Hence the requirement to procure a database to improve efficiency and accuracy.
Who the users are and what they need to do
The honours system recognises people who have: made achievements in public life; committed themselves to serving and helping Britain. They’ll usually have made
life better for other people or be outstanding at what they do. Whether someone gets an honour - and the honour they get - is decided by an independent honours committee who review nominations that are sent to it. The committee’s recommendations go to the Prime Minister and then to the Queen, who awards the honour. Anyone can nominate an individual for an honour. All nominees will be checked by various government departments to make sure they’re suitable for an honour. This may include checks by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
Existing team
Current phase
Not started

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Office is based in London but work can be completed remotely
Working arrangements
No expenses will be paid, the supplier will be remote although the kick off meetings could be in person.
Security clearance
BPSS is preferred

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
We will use Standard Terms

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Have demonstrable experience of project management, taking an agile approach to the design and delivery of services
  • Provide an explanation of a proposed Agile plan/roadmap to meet the 31st March MVP deadline (Ask for prioritised requirements)
  • Have demonstrable skills and expertise within your organisation/staff, to undertake the delivery of this solution. Google Cloud experience is desirable.
  • Provide evidence of experience working on similar projects relating to case management, database, application solutions.
  • Provide an explanation on how the proposed solution will comply with Governments minimum cyber security standard and provide evidence of Cyber Essentials accreditation
  • Provide an explanation on how the proposed solution will comply with ALL points within the Technology code of practice.
  • Provide an explanation on the data migration approach, as well as previous evidence on moving data from legacy systems to new solutions.
  • Provide an explanation on how the service will incorporate data visualisation tools to improve business intelligence (preferably google offerings, for example looker, studio)
  • Detail any challenges that may arise in meeting technical requirements of the proposed service and solution(s). (Ask for technical requirements)
  • Demonstrate experience and proposed approach to service design and WCAG 2.1 AA Accessibility Guidelines
Nice-to-have skills and experience

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a written proposal.

How many suppliers to evaluate
Proposal criteria
  • technical solution
  • approach and methodology
  • how the approach or solution meets user needs
  • how the approach or solution meets your organisation’s policy or goal
  • estimated timeframes for the work
  • how they’ve identified risks and dependencies and offered approaches to manage them
  • team structure
  • value for money
Cultural fit criteria
Provide an explanation on how service management to include for example, training, change management and continuous improvement will be approached throughout the delivery of the project.
Payment approach
Fixed price
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Do you have a preference for an open source solution?
Yes, ideally the solution should be Open Source.
2. Has a discovery been conducted, or will it be included in this tender?
Yes, this has previously been conducted
3. Please can you confirm whether the department would consider a T&M commercial model for this opportunity rather than Fixed Price as detailed in the opportunity?
No, it would not be considered
4. What’s the budget for this please?
The estimated contract value for a maximum of 4 years including all extension options, is £126,000. £70,000 is for database development, £8000 for penetration testing and £12,000 covers the annual licence or service management fee.
5. Please can you confirm if this opportunity is specifically a migration or if it is building a new system?
New SaaS System
6. Please can you confirm if this opportunity will follow the GDS process?
It will follow the GDS Process
7. Is there an email address in order to get the technical requirements mentioned?
8. Please could the department confirm what is driving the delivery date of the MVP (31/03/2022)?
There is a business need for it to be completed by this date