East Sussex Business Support Service Contract
‘Business East Sussex’ (BES) – East Sussex Growth Hub Core Service Contract.
United Kingdom-Lewes: Business services: law, marketing, consulting, recruitment, printing and security
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)
East Sussex County Council
County Hall, St Annes Crescent
For the attention of: Phil McCorry
BN7 1UE Lewes
Telephone: +44 01273335993
General address of the contracting authority: http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk
Address of the buyer profile: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/sesharedservices/aspx/Home
Further information can be obtained from: Economic Development & Skills Team, East Sussex County Council
County Hall, St Anne’s crescent
Contact point(s): Katy Thomas
BN7 1UE Lewes
Telephone: +44 01273482645
Internet address: www.eastsussex.gov.uk
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
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
Section II: Object of the contract
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 11: Management consulting services  and related services
NUTS code UKJ22
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
The Core Service will provide a single route via which all East Sussex businesses can access relevant business support through a (mainly) telephone-based signposting and diagnostic service, but also via the Business East Sussex website and face-to-face engagement.
The Contract will run for an initial period from 1.10.2016 to 31.3.2018 (18 months). The Contract may be extended for a further 2 years, subject to satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
79000000, 72312000, 72313000, 72314000, 79311000, 79311300, 79311100, 79410000, 79411100, 72224000, 79400000, 79312000, 72312100
II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
Range: between 200 000 and 500 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
As detailed in the application pack and supporting information.
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
Suppliers instructions on how to express interest in this tender:
1. Register your company on the SEShared Services e-Sourcing portal (this is only required once):
— Browse to the e-Sourcing portal:
and click the link to register. For assistance in registering please click on the ‘help/guidance documents’ tab
— Enter your correct business company and user details, business classification codes and company categories information.
— Once completed click on ‘Register My Company’.
— You will shortly receive an email confirming your username and password details (please keep this secure).
2. Express an interest in the tender:
— Login to the portal with your username/password,
— Click on Tenders tab and go to ‘My Tenders/Current’,
— Search for the ‘ESCC Business East Sussex (BES) East Sussex Growth Hub Core Service Contract’ project and then click on ‘View Details’,
— From the Tender Management screen click the “express interest” button in the bottom right hand corner of the page,
— This will then allow you access to the ITT documents.
3. Responding to the tender:
— You can now choose to “Opt In” or “Opt Out” (please give a reason if opting out),
— You can now use the ‘Correspondence’ function to communicate with the Council and seek any clarifications,
— Note the deadline for completion and then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the Tender Submission,
— There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available). You must then publish your reply using the ‘submit return button at the bottom of the Tender page.
If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the e-Tendering help desk.
East Sussex County Council reserves the right not to award any or part of this contract, postpone or terminate the procurement process (or any part of it) or change the procedure used to procure the contract at any time without liability on its part.
No contract will be created between the Council and any Bidder until a contract is executed between the Council and the successful bidder. The Council is not liable for any costs (including third party costs, fees or expenses) incurred by those expressing an interest in or bidding for this opportunity and no implied contract is created.
Tenders and all supporting documentation must be priced in sterling and written in English. Any agreements entered into will be governed by English law and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
The Council, as the largest employer in the County, is committed to helping businesses and local learning providers ensure that local people are equipped with the skills that the East Sussex economy needs, now and in the future.
We also want to make sure that our most vulnerable groups (Looked After Children, Care leavers, NEET young people, unemployed adults and vulnerable adults) have access to the Services provided under the contract, be it work experience, apprenticeships, new jobs, employer led careers advice or Corporate Social Responsibility skills initiatives.
We support this work through ESCC’s policy on Employment and Skills through procurement which ensures that all of our contracts include employment and skills measures and through our Employability and Skills Strategy, which aims to provide a strategic steer for skills provision within the Council.
For this tender, the Council will be applying a set of tender response and contract performance requirements under the title of ‘Employment and Skills Framework.’
Invitation to Tender Requirements
As part of their response to this ITT, tenderers are required to prepare and submit an Outline Employment and Skills Delivery Plan (ESDP) which includes a table and a Method Statement (Document No 7 in the application pack and supporting information).
Following contract award, the successful Bidder is required to develop the Outline ESDP into a detailed plan to be agreed with the Council.
The Council will provide assistance to the contractor during this process.
The Council is keen to ensure the appropriate quality and level of local knowledge is procured, as these are vital for the successful delivery of this type of project. We shall, therefore, use a Quality: Price ratio of 85:15.
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
East Sussex County Council
County Hall, St Anne’s Crescent
BN7 1UE Lewes
Telephone: +44 01273335993
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: