Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Hub

Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Hub

1. Growth Hub Intelligence and Coordination Unit. 2. High Innovation Growth and Priority (HIGP) Business Engagement function. 3. High Innovation Growth and Priority (HIGP) Business Support.
4. Transactional Business Support Portal. 5. Skills for Business Service.

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

2015/S 003-003344

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Hampshire County Council
Economy, Transport and Environment Department, The Castle
Contact point(s): Procurement Support
SO23 8UD Winchester
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1962832323
E-mail: procurement.support@hants.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.hants.gov.uk

Electronic access to information: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/hampshire

Further information can be obtained from: Hampshire County Council
Economy, Transport and Environment Department, The Castle
SO23 8UD Winchester
UNITED KINGDOM
Internet address: http://in-tendhost.co.uk/hampshire

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Hampshire County Council
Economy, Transport and Environment Department, The Castle
SO23 8UD Winchester
UNITED KINGDOM
Internet address: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/hampshire

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Hampshire County Council
Economy, Transport and Environment Department, The Castle
SO23 8UD Winchester
UNITED KINGDOM
Internet address: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/hampshire

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: yes

Enterprise M3, Hampshire County Council
The Castle
SO23 8UJ Winchester
UNITED KINGDOM

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Hub.

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
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: The local authorities within the Enterprise M3 LEP area are as follows:
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, East Hampshire District Council, Elmbridge Borough Council, Guildford Borough Council, Hart District Council, New Forest District Council, Runnymede Borough Council, Rushmoor Borough Council, Spelthorne Borough Council, Surrey Heath Borough Council, Test Valley Borough Council, Waverley Borough Council, Winchester City Council and Woking Borough Council.
NUTS code UKJ33,UKJ23

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)

Hampshire County Council is the Accountable Body for monies received from Government by the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership. It also forms one of the key organisations within this Local Enterprise Partnership. Following evaluation of the compliant tenders, and approval of the outcome, Hampshire County Council, on behalf of the Enterprise M3 LEP, intends to appoint a single supplier under a Contract to provide the services detailed in the specification. In summary, the Enterprise M3 Growth Hub offers a new way of providing support to the businesses in the Enterprise M3 area. There are 5 main aspects to the service:
1. Growth Hub Intelligence and Coordination Unit.
This function will include responsibility for financial resource management — including using the Hub as acatalyst to lever more resources, client account and relationship management and the management and coordination of all services delivered through the Growth Hub. It will also include a Business Intelligence function to inform Growth Hub services (e.g. labour market, company information, etc.). Other core functions of this aspect of the Growth Hub will include monitoring and evaluation, partnership development and management and ensuring a joined-up approach with local and national public support services (including UKTI,Growth Accelerator, Innovate UK, MAS, etc.).
2. High Innovation Growth and Priority (HIGP) Business Engagement function.
The HIGP Business Engagement Function needs to provide a strategic business diagnostic service to potentialclients in key existing and emerging priority sectors. It will be responsible for initial company engagement,assessment (screening) of ‘suitability’ of potential clients for the service, identification of company needs,signposting to other public and private support providers (e.g. UKTI, Growth Accelerator) and preparation ofoutline support programmes.
3. High Innovation Growth and Priority (HIGP) Business Support.
The main requirement of the HIGP Business Support aspect of the Growth Hub will be developing a network of business service organisations to provide support to the targeted businesses in existing and emerging priority sectors. These specialists will help take the company through its growth journey. It will be important to ensure the network of support providers includes appropriate specialist services offered by local and national public,private, education and third sector support organisations. Our evidence suggests the need for four main HIGP Business Specialist business support thrusts: Market Development, Finance, Supply Chain Development and Collaboration and Innovation.
4. Transactional Business Support Portal.
The Enterprise M3 Growth Hub will offer support for all businesses within the area by providing a portal(website) which will help signpost businesses to existing local and national business support service providers and sources of advice and information. The portal will provide a single point of reference to help businesses navigate their way through the complexity of support and information available from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors that will help them to start, grow and develop their business.
5. Skills for Business Service.
The Skills for Business Service will help develop the pipeline for higher apprenticeships and other vocational path-ways particularly at higher level and/or in priority/niche sectors. It will increase business demand for and ability to ’employ’ apprentices, with increased SME participation. In addition, it aims to bring businesses and training providers together to develop existing workforce.
The Contract will be for a period of 2 years with the option of extending in annual increments up to 6 years. Any further extension of the contract may be to a maximum of 10 years or funding of GBP 2 700 000 at the Council’s discretion.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000, 79410000, 79990000, 79996000, 72000000, 72200000

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

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:

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 900 000 and 2 700 000 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

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

The Contracting Authority reserves the right to require deposits, guarantees, bonds, warranties and other forms of appropriate security as defined in the Tender documentation.

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

As defined in the Tender Documentation.

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

As defined in the Tender Documentation.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
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 Regulation 23 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 as amended by ‘The Public Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2009. Should any of the mandatory exclusion criteria below apply to your organisation, this will result in a Fail:
Has your organisation or any director or partner or any other person who has powers of representation, decision or control been convicted of any of the following offences?
(a) conspiracy within the meaning of section 1 or 1A of the Criminal Law Act 1977 or article 9 or 9A of the Criminal Attempts and Conspiracy (Northern Ireland) Order 1983 where that conspiracy relates to participation in a criminal organisation as defined in Article 2 of Council Framework Decision 2008/841/JHA;
(b) corruption within the meaning of section 1(2) of the Public Bodies Corrupt Practices Act 1889 or section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906, where the offence relates to active corruption;
(c) the offence of bribery, where the offence relates to active corruption;
(ca) bribery within the meaning of section 1 or 6 of the Bribery Act 2010;
(d) fraud, where the offence relates to fraud affecting the European Communities’ financial interests as defined by Article 1 of the Convention on the protection of the financial interests of the European Communities, within the meaning of —
(i) the offence of cheating the Revenue;
(ii) the offence of conspiracy to defraud;
(iii) fraud or theft within the meaning of the Theft Act 1968, the Theft Act (Northern Ireland) 1969, the Theft Act 1978 or the Theft (Northern Ireland) Order 1978;
(iv) fraudulent trading within the meaning of section 458 of the Companies Act 1985, article 451 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 or section 993 of the Companies Act 2006;
(v) fraudulent evasion within the meaning of section 170 of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 or section 72 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994;
(vi) an offence in connection with taxation in the European Union within the meaning of section 71 of the Criminal Justice Act 1993;
(vii) destroying, defacing or concealing of documents or procuring the execution of a valuable security within the meaning of section 20 of the Theft Act 1968 or section 19 of the Theft Act (Northern Ireland) 1969;
(viii) fraud within the meaning of section 2, 3 or 4 of the Fraud Act 2006; or
(ix) making, adapting, supplying or offering to supply articles for use in frauds within the meaning of section 7 of the Fraud Act 2006;
(e) money laundering within the meaning of section 340(11) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002;
(ea) an offence in connection with the proceeds of criminal conduct within the meaning of section 93A, 93B or 93C of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 or article 45, 46 or 47 of the Proceeds of Crime (Northern Ireland) Order 1996;
(eb) an offence in connection with the proceeds of drug trafficking within the meaning of section 49, 50 or 51 of the Drug Trafficking Act 1994; or
(f) any other offence within the meaning of Article 45(1) of the Public Sector Directive as defined by the national law of any relevant State.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: In accordance with Regulation 24 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 as amended by ‘The Public Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2009. Suppliers are required to provide at least 1 of the following:
A copy of your audited accounts for your last 2 financial years:
— If you qualify for the small business exemption, a copy of your statutory accounts for your last 2 financial years.
— A statement of turnover, profit & loss account, balance sheet and a Director’s/Managing Partners report (if available) for the most recent 2 years of trading.
— A statement of turnover, profit & loss account, balance sheet and a Director’s/Managing Partners report (if available) for the most recent year of trading.
— Management Accounts including a profit & loss account and balance sheet for all periods of trading available.
— A statement of your cash flow forecast, projected profit & loss account and balance sheet for the current year and a bank letter outlining the current cash and credit position.
— Alternative means of demonstrating financial status if trading for less than 1 year (e.g. a copy of your business plan, cash flow forecast, details of your start up capital/loans or management accounts).
If your organisation qualifies as an SME and produces and submits abbreviated statutory accounts, copies of your detailed Profit & Loss Account for the last 2 years are required or, if you have been trading for less than 2 years, the period for which they are available.
To support this assessment the Council will obtain a business risk report from N2Check. The report provides the Council with an overall Risk Score which will be used to assess the applicant’s overall business risk of which financial standing forms part. If this information is not available from N2Check, a risk score will be calculated as per the model detailed in the ITT.
The risk score obtained (by either method) for your organisation will be assessed against the criteria as detailed below:
Score of between 0 and 25 — Fail
Score of between 26 and 49 — Pass — subject to provision of a suitable parent company guarantee or commitment to provide a performance bond if/when deemed appropriate. If you are unable to provide either 1 of these, this will result in a ‘Fail’ Please note: a financial appraisal (using the same financial appraisal and evaluation process) will be carried out on the Parent Company to assess their suitability to act as Guarantor Score of 50 and over — Pass.
If tenderers are unable to confirm their commitment to obtaining either a Performance Bond or Parent Company Guarantee prior to contract award, (if deemed necessary by Hampshire County Council) and the risk score for your organisation indicates that either a Parent Company Guarantee or Performance Bond is required, this will result in a Fail score being awarded.
Tenderers are advised that the following minimum Insurance levels are required:
Employer’s Liability GBP 10 000 000.
Public Liability GBP 10 000 000.
Professional Indemnity GBP 5 000 000.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
In accordance with Regulation 25 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 as amended by ‘The Public Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2009.
Experience and References
Tenderers are required to provide details of 2 referees from either or both the public or private sector, that are relevant to the Council’s requirement.
Contracts for the supply of goods or services should have been performed during the past 3 years. It is the tenderer’s responsibility to issue the Council’s standard reference template (as included in the ITT) to the 2 organisations you have listed and ensure the completed references are returned directly to the Council by the ITT submission deadline.
Equalities
Suppliers are required to comply with equalities and anti-discrimination legislation, and to treat all people fairly and equally so that no one group is treated less favourably than others.
Sustainability
The Council requires its suppliers to support its approach in proactively managing its Corporate Social Responsibility including the reduction of its carbon footprint, impact on the environment and use of natural resources.
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

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

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

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2014/S 224-396038 of 20.11.2014

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: 16.2.2015

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

16.2.2015 – 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: 120 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 16.2.2015 – 14:00

Place:

The Castle, Winchester, Hants SO23 8UJ.

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: yes
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): The initial years will be funded by UK Government funding but it is possible that EU funding may be available in the future.

VI.3)Additional information

There will be a presentation day for those tenderers who meet the criteria as stated in the ITT, on Tuesday 3.3.2015 at Hampshire County Council offices in Winchester.
Instructions how to download tender documents:

This procurement will be undertaken using an e-tendering system (In-tend) which can be found at: https://intendhost.co.uk/hampshire

Tenderers are required to register their company details on In-tend. No charge is made for registration or access to this system. Full details and user guides on how to register and operate the system are available via the link https://in-tendhost.co.uk/hampshire / under the HELP tab.

If you are not currently a registered supplier please register your company via the COMPANY DETAILS TAB at the top of the screen. Please note the email address used when registering as a new supplier should be for the person who will deal with the tender, as login details, subsequent messages and tender documents will be automatically sent to this email address. Please ensure the email account registered on this system is regularly monitored. You may register more than one user per organisation against your account.
Once you have registered, or if you already are a registered supplier, please LOG ON. Once in the website, click on TENDERS on the top bar, scroll down to CURRENT and then search for the title of this project for further information. If you wish to express interest please click on EXPRESS INTEREST. Tender documents will then be available for download
How to submit a tender using the In-tend web site:
Log into the In-tend website. Once you have Expressed an Interest, the tender documents can be found in your MY TENDERS folder. Once you have located the tender you require, click on the VIEW DETAILS button of this project then click on the ITT DOCUMENTS TAB. Scroll down the page to where it says TENDER DOCUMENTS RECEIVED and view all tender documents received. Click on the VIEW button. Download the documents as required.
If we have chosen to use an interactive questionnaire, this will be located under MY TENDER RETURN. This will vary depending on the tender.
When you have completed your tender, scroll down to the ATTACH DOCUMENTS button and search for your saved document/s. Upload the documents back on to the website and click on the RED SUBMIT RETURN BUTTON. This will submit your tender. If successfully uploaded, the system will issue a confirmation receipt. If you cannot see the receipt due to POPUP BLOCKER you will be able to view the receipt on the HISTORY TAB.
Documents must be uploaded using Word/Excel or PDF format.

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:

2.1.2015

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