Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) has invited six organisations to tender for a two-year insolvency services contract.
Scotland’s administration service for insolvency confirmed that an evaluation panel has concluded its independent assessment of the entries.
Of the 19 organisations that submitted pre-qualification questionnaires (PPQs), the panel has asked six to put forward a full tender to provide insolvency services for the AiB.
The closing date for the submission of all tenders is noon on 25 January 2013.
The same panel will then consider the bids individually during the week starting 28 January and will meet on 4 February to agree the final scores.
It has been confirmed that between three and six organisations will be awarded the contract, which starts in April 2013 and involves administering bankruptcy cases.
In a statement, AiB said: “European regulations stipulate that all public sector contracts are awarded through open and fair competition and frameworks under these regulations cannot last more than four years.
“This helps ensure that we can secure the best value for money, therefore maximising the potential for savings to the public purse.”
The contract will run for two years, with the option to extend by a further two 12-month periods.
The previous contract, which was awarded to six suppliers, started in April 2009 and ran for three years.