Business Support Services Portsmouth

Business Support Services Portsmouth

The Solent LEP, through its accountable body Portsmouth City Council, is inviting tenders from suitably qualified companies to provide a ‘one stop shop’ component of a Business Support Hub.

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

2015/S 042-072466

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Portsmouth City Council
Procurement Service, Floor 1 Core 5/6, Civic Office, Guildhall Square
Contact point(s): Procurement Service
For the attention of: Stuart Baker
PO1 2BJ Portsmouth
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2392688235
E-mail: procurement@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/business/business.aspx

Address of the buyer profile: https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/business/business.aspx

Electronic access to information: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/portsmouthcc/aspx/home

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/portsmouthcc/aspx/home

Further information can be obtained from: Portsmouth City Council
Procurement Service, Floor 1 Core 5/6, Civic Office, Guildhall Square
Contact point(s): Procurement Service
PO1 2BJ Portsmouth
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2392688235
E-mail: procurement@portsmouthcc.gov.uk
Internet address: https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/business/business.aspx

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Portsmouth City Council
Procurement Service, Floor 1 Core 5/6, Civic Office, Guildhall Square
Contact point(s): Procurement Service
PO1 2BJ Portsmouth
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2392688235
E-mail: procurement@portsmouthcc.gov.uk
Internet address: https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/business/business.aspx

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Portsmouth City Council
Procurement Service, Floor 1 Core 5/6, Civic Office, Guildhall Square
Contact point(s): Procurement Service
PO1 2BJ Portsmouth
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2392688235
E-mail: procurement@portsmouthcc.gov.uk
Internet address: https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/business/business.aspx

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:

Solent Business Support Hub – One Stop Shop.

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

NUTS code UKJ31

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 Solent LEP, through its accountable body Portsmouth City Council, is inviting tenders from suitably qualified companies to provide a ‘one stop shop’ component of a Business Support Hub.
The Solent LEP is seeking to deploy funding being made available through the Solent Growth Deal, to ensure momentum is maintained between the existing provision (for which funding ceases at the end of March 2015) and the longer term provision from 2016/17 as part of the EU Structural and Investment Funds (EUSIF) programme. This invitation to tender is seeking a provider of a Solent Business Support Hub one stop shop for the period 1.5.2015 to 31.4.2016.
The contract will be for a period of 1 year commencing on the 1.5.2015.
It is anticipated that this contract will be awarded in April 2015. The deadline for submission of requests for clarification is 23:59 on 20.3.2015 with the deadline for submission of completed tenders at 14:00 on 27.3.2015.

The Invitation to Tender and supporting information can be obtained from the Council’s InTend e-sourcing solution which can be accessed from the following web address: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/portsmouthcc/aspx/home

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000, 79200000, 79500000, 79900000, 79300000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

The Solent Business Support Hub one stop shop interim service for 2015/16 will need to provide the following range of services:
— Act as a single point of contact through which all enterprises, including social enterprises, will be able to access advice and information on local and national support programmes;
— Help enterprises to become ‘finance ready’, with strong business plans capable of attracting finance from banks, business angels, equity finance, our Bridging the Gaps programme and our Access to Finance initiative (set out in the EUSIF Strategy);
— Make appropriate referrals, where beneficial;
— Assist new business start-ups;
— Help businesses to expand into new markets, making referrals to UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the new Solent Inward Investment Entity (integrated Inward Investment Service for the Solent LEP area);
— Assist SMEs to help develop, through the Digital Capability Initiative, and implement strategies focused on:
— e-commerce and the extension of markets, nationally and internationally; and
— improving the efficiency of business processes, through the activities such as web-based invoicing, cloud computing, borderless collaboration and flexible/remote working;
— Appropriate and clear signposting to content and tools on gov.uk and GREATbusiness.gov.uk (including the Business Growth Service) will be available on the website and at business support events;
— Joining-up of national and local business support and simplifying the local offer to be set out in a marketing and communications plan by the end of May 2015.
Due to the proposed size and functions of the Solent Business Support Hub one stop shop, applications for funding will need to:
— comply with national UK Government guidance which proposes a prominent role for Chambers of Commerce in the delivery of the ‘one stop shop’ element functions of business support hubs;
— ensure that the model builds on existing good practice; and
— ensure that the Solent Business Support Hub incorporates the broader partnership of organisations supporting business.
Specific deliverables required to be operational by the 1.5.2015 include:
— A dedicated Solent Business Support Hub website;
— A dedicated Solent Business Support Hub telephone number;
— Specific branding for the Solent Business Support Hub website;
— Dedicated advisory staff.
The successful proposal will also be required to deliver a range of business support events within the Solent LEP area throughout the course of 2015/16.
Ownership of the Solent Business Support Hub brand, website and business database will sit with the Solent LEP.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 200 000 and 215 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

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

Duration in months: 12 (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:

As defined within the Invitation to Tender document which can be obtained via https://in-tendhost.co.uk/portsmouthcc/

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

As defined within the Invitation to Tender document which can be obtained via https://in-tendhost.co.uk/portsmouthcc/

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

As defined within the Invitation to Tender document which can be obtained via https://in-tendhost.co.uk/portsmouthcc/

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: As defined within the Invitation to Tender document which can be obtained via https://in-tendhost.co.uk/portsmouthcc/

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As defined within the Invitation to Tender document which can be obtained via https://in-tendhost.co.uk/portsmouthcc/

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: As defined within the Invitation to Tender document which can be obtained via https://in-tendhost.co.uk/portsmouthcc/

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:

As defined within the Invitation to Tender document which can be obtained via https://in-tendhost.co.uk/portsmouthcc/

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

As defined within the Invitation to Tender document which can be obtained via https://in-tendhost.co.uk/portsmouthcc/

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

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

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
IV.3)Administrative information

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

SLEP/Push12/SBH/15/T

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

27.3.2015 – 14:00
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: 180 (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: no
VI.3)Additional information
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

25.2.2015

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