Business Gateway Services Renfrewshire

Business Gateway Services Renfrewshire

Business Gateway offers information, advice and guidance across the whole of Scotland to people thinking about starting up in business or growing their existing business.

UK-Paisley: business and management consultancy and related services

2012/S 101-168763

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Renfrewshire Council
Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street
For the attention of: Karen McKenzie
PA1 1JB Paisley
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1418425734
E-mail: karen.mckenzie@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA00400

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

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: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Business Gateway Services.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 27: Other services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde areas.
NUTS code UKM35
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)
As a Scottish Lead Local Authority, Renfrewshire Council are responsible for delivery of the national Business Gateway Service across the boundary areas of Renfrewshire Council, East Renfrewshire Council and Inverclyde Council. The Council wishes to appoint a Contractor to deliver these services across this geographical area.
1.2 Business Gateway offers information, advice and guidance across the whole of Scotland to people thinking about starting up in business or growing their existing business. It is a national service with built in local flexibilities providing advisory services on a one-to-one basis for businesses with growth potential. It is supported by the Business Gateway Enquiry Service (accessed by a 0845 national helpline number) and the Business Gateway website (bgateway.com). Workshops and events are also part of the service Business Gateway offers.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000, 79410000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.8)Lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
The successful tenderer(s) will be required to carry out all works as detailed in the tender document.
The estimated budget available for this contract detailed within this notice is for a 36 month contract duration.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 1 268 400 and 1 812 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of these options: Renfrewshire Council reserve the right to extend the Contract on an annual basis to maximum contract duration of 5 years.
Provisional timetable for recourse to these options:
in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Number of possible renewals: 2
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
For entering into and performing the contract, Candidates will require to form a legal entity recognised by Scots Law.
If a consortium is awarded this contract, the members of the consortium may be required to form a single legal entity before entering into, the contract.
Contracts will normally be entered into with the nominated lead organisation and all members of the consortium, who will in these circumstances each be required to execute the contract together with all ancillary documentation, evidencing their joint and several liability in respect of the obligations and liabilities of the contract. It will be for members of the consortium to sort out their respective duties and liabilities amongst each other. For administrative purposes, any associated documentation will be sent to the nominated lead organisation.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
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: (1) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they are not bankrupt or the subject of an administration order, are not being wound-up, have not granted a trust deed, are not the subject of a petition presented for sequestration of their estate, have not had a receiver, manager or administrator appointed and are not otherwise apparently insolvent.
(2) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that the candidate, their directors, or any other person who has powers of representation, decision or control of the candidate has not been convicted of conspiracy, corruption, bribery, or money laundering. Failure to provide such a declaration will result in the candidate being declared ineligible and they will not be selected to participate in this procurement process.
(3) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have not been convicted of a criminal offence relating to the conduct of their business or profession.
(4) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have not committed an act of grave misconduct in the course of their business or profession.
(5) All candidates must comply with the requirements of the State in which they are established, regarding registration on the professional or trade register.
(6) Any candidate found to be guilty of serious misrepresentation in providing any information required, may be declared ineligible and not selected to continue with this procurement process.
(7) All candidates will have to demonstrate that they are licensed, or a member of the relevant organisation, in the State where they are established, when the law of that State prohibits the provision of the services, described in this notice, by a person who is not so licensed or who is not a member of the relevant organisation.
(8) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions under the law of any part of the United Kingdom or of the relevant State in which the candidate is established
(9) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes under the law of any part of the United Kingdom or of the relevant State in which the economic operator is established.
(10) Suitable Employment Policy: Candidates must provide a statement of compliance with relevant statutory obligations. Candidates will also be required to provide their up to date Equal Opportunities Policy.
(11) Suitable Health & Safety Policies & Practices: Candidates must evidence robust health and safety policies and processes in operation. Tenderers will also be required to provide their up to date Health & Safety Policy.
(12) Compliance with Terms & Conditions: Candidates must confirm compliance or qualifications proposed must be deemed acceptable by the Council.
(13) Compliance with all relevant statutory obligations (e.g. Equal Opportunities etc): Candidates must provide a statement of compliance with relevant statutory obligations. Candidates will also be required to provide their up to date Equal Opportunity Policy.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: (1) Tenderers must evidence an average high street credit rating and an annual turnover as noted below of at least 2 400 000 GBP.
The Council will use Equifax to assist in its determination of the organisations financial status and risk and will require that all Tenderers evidence the equivalent of Equifax Score Check Grade of D or above (or equivalent) to pass this stage of the bid selection evaluation (for the avoidance of doubt, a score of D minus will not be acceptable).
(2) Tenderers must evidence the under-noted insurance provision being place or provide confirmation that in the event of success in the tender process, the under-noted insurance provision will be put in place:
— Professional Indemnity – 1 000 000 GBP,
— Employers Liability – 5 000 000 GBP,
— Third Party/Product Insurance to a minimum indemnity of 2 000 000 GBP,
— Motor Vehicle Insurance as required under the Road Traffic Act (as amended).
III.2.3)Technical capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
(1) Details of the educational and professional qualifications of their managerial staff; and those of the person(s) who would be responsible for providing the services or carrying out the work or works under the contract.
(2) An indication of the proportion of the contract which the services provider intends possibly to subcontract.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
(3) Capacity to Deliver Service Requirements: Candidates must evidence ability to service the Contract by reference to resources by discipline in relation to the requirements.
(4) Experience & Track Record: Candidates must evidence relevant and appropriate organisational experience in relation to fulfilling the requirements of the contract. Track record may be assessed by way of references provided.
(5) IT Requirements: Candidates must provide a detailed approach and evidence of how they will achieve the IT requirements as detailed within the tender document.
(6) Premises & Service Coverage Across the Delivery Area: Candidates must evidence their proposal to provide an additional property for delivery of Business Gateway services within the Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire or Inverclyde area. Candidates are also required to provide details of how the service will be delivered in a consistent manner across the three delivery areas.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: yes

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 below

1. Proposed approach to partnership working with Renfrewshire Council and other local & national partners. Weighting 10

2. Proposed approach to delivery of workshops. Details of personnel and the narrative detail of workshop content must be provided. Weighting 20

3. Proposed project team structure to include trainers and advisors. Weighting 10

4. Proposed methodology to ensure delivery of the minimum targets and services as detailed within the tender document. Weighting 20

5. Innovative approaches to delivery local services and suggested alternative targets or approaches to delivering the minimum targets and service as detailed within the tender document. Weighting 25

6. Proposed approach to the transitional phases to include a programme of transitional stges at contract inception and an exit strategy to be implemented at the end of the contract. Details of anticipated risks and mitigating actions should also provided. Weighting 5

7. Proposed community benefits with details of how these will be achieved should be included in the response to this tender. Weighting 10

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:
RC0512_ITT_287
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2012/S 30-048457 of 9.2.2012

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
25.6.2012 – 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
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders
Date: 25.6.2012 – 12:00
Place:

Renfrewshire Council Offices, Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information
Tenders will be evaluated on a price:quality ratio of 30:70. The weightings of the price and quality award evaluation criteria are pertained within this notice and the tender documents.
Tenderers should submit all questions relating to the tender through the e-tender system’s bulletin board.
Any contract awarded as a result of the tender will be subject to Scots Law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the Scottish Courts.
With reference to IV.3.7, the minimum timeframe during which the tenderer must maintain the tender is 150 days.
With reference to IV.3.8, persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders will be any person as authorised by the Director of Finance and Corporate Services. It is anticipated that tenders will be opened on 25.6.2012.
The purpose of this contract notice is to publicise the tender opportunity for Business Gateway Services. Please register your interest in this requirement on the Public Tenders Scotland Portal (link to this website is noted below).
Please note that no tender documentation is held within this Public Contracts Scotland website. To receive this tender documentation, interested parties must now register at the Public Tenders Scotland Portal https://www.publictendersscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/web/login.html and then log into this site and access the tender documentation.

All questions and communications relating to this tender must be posted via the Public Tenders Scotland Portal message board. This ensures fairness and transparency to all interested parties.
(SC Ref:227839).

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: An economic operator that suffers, or risks suffering, loss or damage attributable to a breach of duty under the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (as amended) may bring proceedings in the Sheriff Court or the Court of Session.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
25.5.2012

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