Black Country Broadband Business Support

Black Country Broadband Business Support

The Black Country Broadband Business Support Project aims to provide tailored business support to companies across the Black Country promoting the take up and utilisation of superfast broadband for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), enabling business growth and the creation of new employment opportunities.

United Kingdom-Wolverhampton: Business and management consultancy services

2014/S 098-171651

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Wolverhampton City Council
Corporate Procurement, Civic Centre, St Peters Square
Contact point(s): www.wolverhamptontenders.com
WV1 1RL Wolverhampton
UNITED KINGDOM

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.wolverhampton.gov.uk

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.3)Main activity

General public services

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Black Country Broadband Business Support.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Throughout the Black Country region.

NUTS code UKG

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

The Black Country Broadband Business Support Project aims to provide tailored business support to companies across the Black Country promoting the take up and utilisation of superfast broadband for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), enabling business growth and the creation of new employment opportunities. This project aims to deliver a step change in the extent to which eligible SMEs in the Black Country access and exploit superfast broadband (SFB).

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79410000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.1.8)Lots
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

The successful provider will be required to develop and deliver a programme of support which encourages the eligible Black Country SMEs to make use of the new fibre based broadband infrastructure and improve the way they conduct their business.
The project will assist eligible SMEs in connecting to a superfast broadband network, to fully understand and exploit the commercial benefits offered and to provide the technical and practical support that may be required for businesses to realise these benefits. The services will be available to all 12,300 eligible SMEs in the Black Country. Business planning for the project is based on a total of 550 SMEs receiving services, representing a penetration rate of 4.5 %.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 400 000 and 450 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 18 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

Details of the deposits and bonds required by the Council will be set out in the contract documents.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Details of the main terms and conditions of financing and payment will be set out in the contract documents.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

Jointly and severally liable.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: All bidders will be asked to confirm that none of the conditions set out in Article 45 of Directive 2004/18/EC apply to their organisation or expression of interest.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Bidders will be required to complete a questionnaire consistent with the provisions of Directive 2004/18/EC.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Bidders will be required to complete a questionnaire consistent with the provisions of Directive 2004/18/EC.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

PP14057

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

30.6.2014 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

in days: 120 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): European Regional Development Fund.

VI.3)Additional information

Interest in this contract process should be expressed via the Council’s tendering portal www.wolverhamptontenders.com

The Council reserves the right to cancel the procurement and not to proceed with the contract.
The Council also reserves the right not to award a contract or to award a contract for parts or part of the services only.
The Council will not, under any circumstances, reimburse any expense incurred by bidders in preparing their tender submissions.
Under this project the contractor is required to actively participate in the economic and social regeneration of the locality of and surrounding the place of delivery for the project. Accordingly contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social and environmental considerations.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Council will observe a standstill period at the point when information on the proposed award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of ten calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into. Aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by any breach of the Councils obligations may take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

20.5.2014

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