Business Gateway and ERDF Services Tender

Business Gateway and ERDF Services Tender

Falkirk Council are seeking to appoint a contractor to deliver the Business Gateway service in Stirling and Clackmannanshire areas for an initial 2.5 year period, commencing 1.9.2017.

United Kingdom-Falkirk: Business and management consultancy and related services

2017/S 072-137146

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Falkirk Council
Municipal Buildings, West Bridge Street
Falkirk
FK1 5RS
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1324506566
E-mail: purchasing@falkirk.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKM26
I.2)Joint procurement

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Provision of Business Gateway and ERDF Services.

Reference number: DEV/042/17

II.1.2)Main CPV code

79400000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

Falkirk Council are seeking to appoint a contractor to deliver the Business Gateway service in Stirling and Clackmannanshire areas for an initial 2.5 year period, commencing 1.9.2017, with an option to extend for a further 2.5 years. Additionally, Falkirk Council is seeking to appoint a contractor to deliver business support activities funded by European Regional Development Fund in Stirling and Clackmannanshire areas for an initial period of 18 months commencing 1.9.2017. Falkirk Council reserves the right to extend the business support activities to the end of the core Business Gateway contract, with an option to extend for a further 2.5 years. Please note, duration of funding is dependent on confirmation from Scottish Government. The Council requires single bids in respect of both the Stirling and Clackmannanshire areas and for both elements of the Services. Separate bids for either the separate areas or the separate elements of Business Gateway and ERDF are not acceptable.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 3 500 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM26
Main site or place of performance:

Stirling Council area and Clackmannanshire Council area.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Business Gateway and ERDF Services.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Methodology / Weighting: 35
Quality criterion – Name: Project Understanding / Weighting: 25
Quality criterion – Name: Resource Capacity / Weighting: 15
Quality criterion – Name: Outcome and Performance / Weighting: 10
Quality criterion – Name: Marketing and Communication / Weighting: 8
Quality criterion – Name: Local Services / Weighting: 5
Quality criterion – Name: Workforce Matters / Weighting: 2
Price – Weighting: 25

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 3 500 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 60
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Subject to funding and performance.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Identification of the project: Partly funded by European Funds.
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation

III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

List and brief description of conditions:

If required by the member state, bidders are required to be enrolled in the relevant professional or trade registers within the country in which they are established. Companies House registration number (or equivalent) should be provided. Refer to ESPD 4A.1

Business Advisors are currently expected to be accredited to Premier Advisor level. The recognised qualification gained on becoming accredited to this level is the Institute of Leadership and Management Diploma in Business Advice and Counselling. Where on the award of contract, advisory staff do not have this accreditation they have a period of 1 year from the award date to gain this accreditation. ESPD Ref 4A.2.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

List and brief description of selection criteria:

Please provide annual accounts and audit certificates for the previous 2 years. In addition the Authority will obtain a risk report provided independently by Creditsafe. We may look to obtain further information in relation to the tenderers financial status to evidence that the company is financially viable such as bank references. ESPD 4B.6

It is a requirement of this contract that bidders hold, or can commit to obtain prior to the commencement of any subsequently awarded contract, as a minimum the types and levels of insurance indicated below:

Employers’ Liability — 10 000 000 GBP,

Public Liability — 5 000 000 GBP,

Professional Indemnity — 2 000 000 GBP (desirable 5 000 000 GBP),

Management Liability — 1 000 000 GBP(not essential, desirable).

Refer to ESPD 4B.5.1 and 4B.5.2.

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

List and brief description of selection criteria:

The supplier must have satisfied the Purchaser that it has sufficient physical and other resources in terms of qualified, trained and experienced manpower to provide the solutions and associated services.

III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 23/05/2017
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

English

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 4 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 23/05/2017
Local time: 12:00
Place:

Public Contract Scotland Postbox Facility.

Information about authorised persons and opening procedure:

Procurement Advisor.

Governance — Senior Support Officer.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published:

April 2019.

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

Note: to register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=471909

The buyer has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the Postbox facility. A user guide is available at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/sitehelp/help_guides.aspx

Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems.

The provider is required to include a list of proposed subcontractors — Refer to ESPD 2D1.1

It will be the Main Contractors responsibility to ensure that any subcontractors are suitably qualified and comply with all mandatory/discretionary requirements of this contract prior to commencement of any work.

Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=490066.

The buyer has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the Postbox facility. A user guide is available at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/sitehelp/help_guides.aspx.

Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems.

A sub-contract clause has been included in this contract. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2363

Community benefits are included in this requirement. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2361

A summary of the expected community benefits has been provided as follows:

See Appendix 5 Community Benefits.

(SC Ref:490066)

Download the ESPD document here: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/ESPD/ESPD_Download.aspx?id=490066

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Falkirk Council
Municipal Buildings, West Bridge Street
Falkirk
FK1 5RS
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1324506566Internet address:http://www.falkirk.gov.uk
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

07/04/2017

 

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