Business Support for Third Sector Organisations in Scotland

Business Support for Third Sector Organisations in Scotland

The Scottish Government is seeking a supplier to work with them to market and deliver business support services during 2019-23 to the third sector in Scotland.

United Kingdom-Edinburgh: Business development consultancy services

2018/S 237-541415

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Scottish Government
Victoria Quay, Leith
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ
United Kingdom
Contact person: Sarah Withers
Telephone: +44 1312449860
E-mail: Sarah.Withers@gov.scot
NUTS code: UKM
I.2)Information about joint procurement

I.3)Communication

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

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Business Support for Third Sector Organisations

Reference number: CASE/385520

II.1.2)Main CPV code

79411100

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The Scottish Government is seeking a supplier to work with them to market and deliver business support services during 2019-23 to the third sector in Scotland.

Successful delivery requires a supplier with expertise and experience of delivering professional client-focussed business development services across a wide geographic area. Knowledge of the third sector landscape in Scotland is important as well as the ability to communicate with sectoral stakeholders.

Familiarity with the key markets in which third sector organisations operate will be needed to ensure the support being offered is pertinent. Knowledge of where other forms of public support are already available to the sector will ensure that these services remain additional and complementary to mainstream business support available.

The supplier is required to ensure service continuity from 24.5.2019 to 23.5.2022. An option to extend this contract for one year will be considered at the sole discretion of the Scottish Ministers.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

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)

66171000
79900000
79632000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Scottish Government is seeking a Supplier to work with them to market and deliver business support and development services during 2019-23 to the enterprising third sector in Scotland.

This contract will build on the success of the business support currently being delivered through the Scottish Government’s “Just Enterprise” business support programme.

Successful delivery requires a Supplier with expertise and experience of delivering fully supported professional client-focussed business development services across a wide geographic area. A knowledge of the third sector landscape in Scotland will be important as well as the ability to communicate and engage with sectoral stakeholders so that the benefits of the services may be accessed by as many enterprising organisations as possible. The Supplier will use their expertise to ensure that only organisations with the best potential of being more enterprising are taken forward for support.

Familiarity with the key markets in which third sector organisations operate will be needed to ensure the support being offered is pertinent. Knowledge of where other forms of public support and services are already available to the sector (i.e. from Third Sector Interfaces, Highlands and Islands enterprise, business Gateway and Scottish Enterprise and other providers) will ensure that these services remain additional and complementary to mainstream business support already available.

The supplier is required to ensure service continuity from 24.5.2019 to 23.5.2022. A further option to extend this contract for one year will be considered at the sole discretion of the Scottish Ministers 9 months prior to the contract expiry date.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Technical / Weighting: 70
Price – Weighting: 30

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 4 750 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

An option to extend this contract for one year will be considered at the sole discretion of the Scottish Ministers 9 months prior to the contract expiry date.

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: no
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:

Economic operators may be excluded from this competition if they are in breach of any of the situations referred to in regulation 58 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

List and brief description of selection criteria:

This section refers to Section B of Part IV of the ESPD (Scotland) and covers questions 4B.4-6 of the ESPD (Scotland).

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

4B.4: Bidders must demonstrate a Current Ratio of greater than 1.0.

Current Ratio will be calculated as follows: net current assets divided by net current liabilities.

There must be no qualification or contra-indication from any evidence provided in support of the bidders economic and financial standing.

Bidders who do not comply with the above financial requirements but are part of a Group, can provide a parent guarantee if the Parent company satisfies the financial requirements stipulated above

4B.5: It is a requirement of this contract that bidders hold or can commit to obtain prior to the commencement of any subsequently awarded contract, the types of insurance indicated below.

Employer’s (compulsory) liability Insurance in accordance with any legal obligation for the time being in force.

Public liability insurance = 1 000 000 GBP

Professional indemnity insurance = 1 000 000 GBP.

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

4C.1.2: Bidders will be required to provide examples that demonstrate that they have the relevant experience to deliver the services/supplies as described in the Contract Notice or the relevant section of the site notice.

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

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: 08/02/2019
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: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 08/02/2019
Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

Full details of award criteria and the weightings and scoring can be found in the Invitation to Tender ESPD will be scored on a pass/fail basis.

Question Scoring Methodology for Award Criteria outlined in invitation to tender:

0= Unacceptable: Nil or inadequate response. Fails to demonstrate an ability to meet the requirement.

1= Poor: Response is partially relevant but generally poor. The response addresses some elements of the requirement but contains insufficient/limited detail or explanation to demonstrate how the requirement will be fulfilled.

2= Acceptable: Response is relevant and acceptable. The response addresses a broad understanding of the requirement but may lack details on how the requirement will be fulfilled in certain areas.

3= Good: Response is relevant and good. The response is sufficiently detailed to demonstrate a good understanding and provides details on how the requirements will be fulfilled.

4= Excellent: Response is completely relevant and excellent overall. The response is comprehensive, unambiguous and demonstrates a thorough understanding of the requirement and provides details of how the requirement will be met in full.

Bidders must complete the ESPD (Scotland) to demonstrate adherence to the exclusion and selection criteria for this procurement. If the tender submission is made on behalf of a consrtium all members of the consortium must complete the ESPD supplier response form attached to ESPD question 2A.17.4. If there are named subcontractors/technicians upon which the bidder will rely to meet the selection criteria, these named parties must complete and reattach the ESPD Supplier Response Form attached to ESPD Questions 2C.1.1 (Technicians) and 2D.1.2 (Subcontractors) on PCS-T. These parties must complete the first 3 sections of the ESPD form, as well as any part of the Section 4 selection criteria that the main bidder will rely upon the parties to fulfil. If parties have not yet been identified, this information may be required at a later date. Scottish Government reserves the right to request this information from relevant parties upon whom the main bidder will not rely to fulfil selection criteria.

4C.10 Bidders will be required to confirm whether they intend to subcontract and if so, for what proportion of the contract.

The buyer is using PCS-Tender to conduct this ITT exercise. The Project code is 12415. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2343

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:

— ensure sub-contracting opportunities are accessible and available to third sector/social enterprise/supported business/SME, putting tenders on the PCS website,

— involvement of third sector/social enterprise/supported business/SME in supply chain opportunities, for example training venues,

— providing mentoring opportunities to social entrepreneurs.

Note to suppliers — The Scottish Government is persuaded by evidence which shows that the delivery of high quality public services is critically dependent on a workforce that is well-motivated, well-led and has appropriate opportunities for training and skills development. These factors are also important for workforce recruitment and retention, and thus continuity of service. The Scottish Government itself has adopted workforce policies to meet these requirements. These policies include:

— a fair and equal pay policy that includes a commitment to supporting the real living wage for the duration of the framework including for example being a living wage accredited employer,

— fair employment practices,

— promoting equality of opportunity and developing a workforce through our equality and diversity at work policy, which reflects characteristics such as age, gender, religion or belief, race, sexual orientation and disability,

— a wide range of staff training and development opportunities,

— stability of employment and hours of work,

— flexible working (including for example, practices such as flexi-time and career breaks) and support for family friendly working and wider work life balance,

— code of conduct for employees and a respect at work policy; In order to ensure the highest standards of service quality in this framework, we expect the Contractor’s staff who interact with our own to take a similarly positive approach to workforce-related matters as part of a fair and equitable employment and reward package.

The authority will monitor progress of the Contractor’s approach to workforce related matters throughout the period of the contract. The Contractor is required to encourage a positive approach to work-force related matters by their sub-contractors and to monitor and report progress back to the authority.

(SC Ref:565435)

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Scottish Government
Victoria Quay, Leith
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1312447556Internet address: http://www.scotland.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:

05/12/2018

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