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2223-0354 Islington film services concession contract

Read more and find out how to apply to provide a managed film service in the London Borough of Islington.

Islington Council invites suitable expressions of interest from suppliers to provide a managed film service in the London Borough of Islington. A managed film service will protect the council’s interests and makes sure filming is conducted according to the terms and conditions agreed.


The service requires skills and expertise including:

  • working with production companies to arrange all film and TV shoots in the borough 
  • liaising with council departments, statutory bodies, community groups and residents 
  • negotiating fees and administering financial transactions 
  • facilitating services such as parking and traffic management orders 
  • identifying locations 
  • issuing filming licenses 
  • monitoring shoots of a particular size 
  • feeding back regional and national policy changes to council services (e.g. drone use, privacy laws)
  • delivering a high quality skills development and employment offer within the industry for Islington residents.

Ensuring that the film service is managed by industry specialists is essential to optimising the benefits for Islington residents. The role requires engagement with many of our service areas and public, private and voluntary sector partners. It demands a distinct skill set that combines industry intelligence with an understanding of working practises both within the screen industries and with relevant authorities.

This contract is being procured as a services concession contract to ensure a managed film service at no cost to the council and with minimal risks as costs associated with delivering the service are effectively covered. The income is divided between the following parties, in order of magnitude from largest to smallest:

  1. direct payments to council services (e.g. parking and highways)
  2. a percentage of revenue assigned to the contractor
  3. a percentage of revenue assigned to the council
  4. payments to third parties (community groups).

The contract value is based on projected figures for turnover through income generated by film services.


This services concession contract is not being divided into lots. We are seeking a single provider to manage film services throughout the borough. 

Transfer of Undertakings [Protection of Employment] Regulations (TUPE)

Potential providers must know that TUPE may or may not apply to this service. Further details will be available in the invitation to tender.  

Contract period

The services concession contract period will be for 36 months from an estimated start date of 1 May 2024 with options to extend for five (5) periods of 12 months each (maximum 96 months).

Contract value

The estimated total value of the services concession contract over the full 96 months is £7,917,288. 

Award criteria

The contract will be awarded on the basis of objective criteria that identify an overall economic advantage for the contracting authority in accordance with the Concessions Regulations. The award criteria for this contract are quality 60% and cost 40%. Further details will be provided in the invitation to tender.&

Quality (60%) is made up of: 

  • Proposed approach to social value, sustainability and environment - 30%, made up of:
    • local employment and mentoring – 15%
    • sustainability and environment – 15%
  • Proposed approach to business process and service methodology including ICT – 5%
  • Proposed approach to filming – 5%
  • Proposed approach to organisational structure and staff expertise – 5%
  • Proposed approach to business development: marketing, development, fees and charges – 5%
  • Proposed approach to resident and stakeholder engagement: engagement, consultation and safeguarding – 5%
  • Proposed approach to risk management, monitoring and performance management – 5%

Cost 40%, made up of:

  • Revenue share - 25%
  • Financial viability of business model - 10%
  • Service delivery costs - 5%

Tenderers should know that we reserve the right to hold presentations during the tender process. Presentations and/or interviews will be for verification/clarification purposes of the written submission.

Procurement process

As the value of the contract is above the threshold for wider advertising of the opportunity, a Contract Notice will be published on Find a Tender and Contracts Finder.

This procurement will be conducted in accordance with the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016, R38. The council is free to establish a procedure, provided the procedure is sufficient to ensure compliance with the principles of transparency and equal treatment of economic operators (service providers).

The procedure we have designed is based on the open procedure, as defined by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. All economic operators (service providers) who successfully express an interest will automatically have access to the tender documents. Standard pre-selection questions will be part of the tender response and will need to be passed before evaluation of price and quality aspects. Further details will be available in the procurement documents.

How to express an interest

If you wish to apply for this contract please follow the steps below:

  1. Register your company free of charge on the London Tenders Portal
  2. Await acceptance. You will receive an email confirming your username and password.
  3. Use your username and password to log into the London Tenders Portal and express your interest in 2223-0354 – Islington film service (category 92000000: Recreational, cultural and sporting services).

Shortly after you have expressed interest, you will receive a second email containing a link to access the tender documents. 


  • Deadline for expressions of interest is: 4 December 2023, 11.59am
  • Submission of tender documents by: 4 December 2023, 12 noon 

Late submissions will not be accepted.

More information

  • Islington Council and its partners are committed to work towards a ‘Fairer Islington’, for more information see
  • Please do not include any publicity material with your submissions. 
  • Islington Council aims to provide equality of opportunity and welcomes applicants who meet the qualitative selection criteria from black and minority ethnic communities and disabled groups.  
  • We encourage all types of organisation who meet the qualitative selection criteria including Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations, Social Enterprises or not for profit enterprises and small to medium enterprises (SME) to tender. 
  • Your submission will be marked in stages. Only applicants who meet the requirements at each stage will progress to the next stage.  Further details will be contained in the tender documents. 
  • Please include the contract number of this tender process when communicating with us in any way. 
  • All questions relating to this contract should be raised in the question and answer section of the relevant contract on the London Tenders Portal.  Please do not contact any officer of the council directly. 
  • Applicants are advised that all costs incurred either directly or indirectly in preparation, submission or otherwise related to this advertisement will be borne by them, and in no circumstances will the council be responsible for any such costs. Applicants are also advised that the council at its sole discretion acting reasonably and in good faith reserves the right to abandon the procurement at any stage prior to contract award.
  • As part of a commitment to transparency the council is now publishing all spend over £500 each month. This includes spend on contracts, so the successful contractor should expect details of spend against the contract to appear on the council website. The council is also committed to publishing tender and contract documentation after contract award stage. Commercially sensitive information will be redacted from documentation. What constitutes commercially sensitive information is a matter for the council’s sole discretion. However, tenderers will be invited to identify information they consider to be commercially sensitive in their tender return and this will be taken into account in the council forming a view.
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