Devon County Council Business Support Framework

Devon County Council Business Support Framework

The lots consist of the following: 1. Creating the conditions for growth: a. Lot 1a, b and c:
i. Stimulating enterprise and growth, ii. Maximising productivity and employment opportunities.

United Kingdom-Exeter: Business services: law, marketing, consulting, recruitment, printing and security

2015/S 242-439628

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Devon County Council
County Hall, Topsham Road
For the attention of: Mr Iain Perkins
EX2 4QD Exeter
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 139238300
E-mail: iain.perkins@devon.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

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

Address of the buyer profile: www.supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk

Electronic access to information: www.supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: www.supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk

Further information can be obtained from: Devon County Council
County Hall, Topsham Road
For the attention of: Mr Iain Perkins
EX2 4QD Exeter
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 139238300
E-mail: iain.perkins@devon.gov.uk

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Devon County Council
County Hall, Topsham Road
For the attention of: Mr Iain Perkins
EX2 4QD Exeter
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 139238300
E-mail: iain.perkins@devon.gov.uk

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Devon County Council
County Hall, Topsham Road
For the attention of: Mr Iain Perkins
EX2 4QD Exeter
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 139238300
E-mail: iain.perkins@devon.gov.uk

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:

CP1178-15 Business Support Framework.

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 UKK

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

Framework agreement with several operators
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 30

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in months: 24

Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT: 500 000 GBP

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

Local authorities across the heart of the South West LEP area are committed to supporting businesses to prosper and grow. We recognise that good quality advice and support is one of the key ways to do this, encouraging people to start up, grow and be innovative in their business thinking.
There are a wide variety of economic strategy documents relating to the geographies that make up the HOTSW area, at district, county and unitary authority level. The LEP itself has distilled much of this information, to inform the development of its Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), which analyses the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities in the local economy and where further support may be required. All local authorities work closely with the LEP to try and ensure that the work to support the local economy is well coordinated, structured and makes sense to residents and businesses. When considering the business support needs of the area, it is important, therefore, to ensure that whatever is put in place takes account of local needs in each area, but also the strategic approach developed by the LEP and its partners. Further details of the analysis and conclusions carried out by the LEP into the business support needs of the area are outlined within the tender documentation, and this has been used to inform the development of this tender framework, alongside local knowledge and intelligence of business needs.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79000000

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.8)Lots

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:

Business Support Framework:
DCC is looking to establish a framework to deliver Business Support for Devon. This framework will also be available to Somerset County Council, Members of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) and the Devon and Cornwall Procurement Partnership.
Period of Contract: Initial 24 months with option to extend for a further 24 months (2 x 12 months).
The ultimate award decision will be based upon assessment of the ‘Most Economically Advantageous Tender’ (MEAT). This will be evaluated against responses to questions detailed in the ITT document. The Authority reserves the right to accept a tender either in whole or in part or not award at all.
Providers promoted to the framework must:
— Have achieved an evaluated score threshold of equal to or over 60 %;
— Be able to deliver an hourly rate not exceeding 80 GBP;
— Comply with the stated expenses policy;
— Be able to supply to the geographic area which they have stated they will cover.
Operation of the Framework Agreement (Lots 1-5):
The successful provider (s) shall be admitted to a framework agreement. The call off element of the Framework Agreement shall be activated when the Authority or their Authorised Representative raises a call off order for an individual support package (each call off order being a contract in its own right). Any specific requirements for any support package shall be annotated in the call off order.
Only direct face-to-face hours will be charged to the project as the hourly rate will include all time for management costs, direct support to businesses, travel time, etc.
The hourly rate will be paid as per the submission for the tender but must not exceed 80 GBP.
Bids received in excess of the stated Indicative hourly rate may not be considered.
The framework will be operated on a minicompetition basis with providers being asked to submit bids to fulfil any intervention on a competitive basis. The authority also reserves the right to make a direct award to an elevated provider or approach the open market directly without offering the intervention through the framework where it considers that an intervention requiring a specialist qualified professional or falls outside the scope of the framework.
The lots consist of the following:
1. Creating the conditions for growth:
a. Lot 1a, b and c:
i. Stimulating enterprise and growth,
ii. Maximising productivity and employment opportunities;
b. Lot 2:
Reaching new markets — digital literacy/competence and capability;
c. Lot 3:
i. Reaching new markets — supply chain support, exporting and inward investment,
ii. Capitalising on our distinctive assets;
d. Lot 4:
Innovation support — including for key sectors, innovation master classes and advice on safeguarding Intellectual Property;
e. Lot 5:
Business resource efficiency — including support to reduce energy, water and waste, and for the development of lean manufacturing processes.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 500 000 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: 24 (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:

These conditions will be provided in the invitation to tender documents.

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

These conditions will be provided in the invitation to tender documents.

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

The contracting authority reserves the right to require groupings of contractors to take a particular legal form or to require a single contractor to take primary liability or to require that each party undertakes joint and several liability.

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: In accordance with Article 57 of Directive 2014/24/EU and Regulation 57 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and as set out in the tender document available from the address in Section l.1)

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: In accordance with Articles 57 to 58 of Directive 2014/24/EU and Regulation 57 and 58 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and as set out in the ITT which is available from the address in Section l.1)

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
In accordance with Articles 57 to 58 of Directive 2014/24/EU and Regulation 57 and 58 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and as set out in the ITT which is available from the address in Section l.1)
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

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
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

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information

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

3019
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 8.2.2016 – 12:00
Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

8.2.2016 – 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 of tenders

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

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:

10.12.2015

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