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
Section I: Contracting authority
Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street
For the attention of: Karen McKenzie
PA1 1JB Paisley
Telephone: +44 1418425734
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)
Section II: Object of the contract
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
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.
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
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)
Number of possible renewals: 2
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
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.
(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.
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).
(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.
Section IV: Procedure
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
Prior information notice
Notice number in the OJEU: 2012/S 30-048457 of 9.2.2012
Renfrewshire Council Offices, Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley.
Section VI: Complementary information
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.