Entrepreneurship and SME Support Service Wales

Entrepreneurship and SME Support Service Wales

The Welsh Ministers are seeking to engage with quality providers to deliver its Business Wales service. The service will support young people, start-up businesses and established businesses (predominantly SMEs) through an aligned delivery model.

United Kingdom-Cardiff: Miscellaneous business and business-related services

2015/S 099-180273

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Welsh Government
Corporate Procurement (Procurement), CP2 Cathays Park
For the attention of: Rhys Morris
CF10 3NQ Cardiff
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 3000628670

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://wales.gov.uk/?skip=1&lang=en

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.sell2wales.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA0007

Electronic access to information: www.etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: www.etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk

Further information can be obtained from: Welsh Government
Corporate Procurement (Procurement), CP2 Cathays Park
CF10 3NQ Cardiff
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 3000628670
Internet address: http://wales.gov.uk/?skip=1&lang=en

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Welsh Government
Corporate Procurement (Procurement), CP2 Cathays Park
CF10 3NQ Cardiff
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 3000628670
Internet address: http://wales.gov.uk/?skip=1&lang=en

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Welsh Government
Corporate Procurement (Procurement), CP2 Cathays Park
CF10 3NQ Cardiff
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 3000628670
Internet address: http://wales.gov.uk/?skip=1&lang=en

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.3)Main activity

General public services
Environment
Economic and financial affairs
Health
Housing and community amenities
Social protection
Recreation, culture and religion
Education

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:

Business Wales – Entrepreneurship and SME Support Service.

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: Wales.

NUTS code UKL

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 Welsh Ministers are seeking to engage with quality providers to deliver its Business Wales service. The service will support young people, start-up businesses and established businesses (predominantly SMEs) through an aligned delivery model.
The support will be split into 2 lots, one covering Youth Entrepreneurship and the other supporting start up and established businesses. Please note, this is not a framework.
Lot 1: The successful contractors will work with young people under 25 through education, business and community groups to encourage youth entrepreneurship in Wales. Services will involve a combination of business led inspirational workshops, a promotional campaign, events and competitions. The service will be delivered across the whole of Wales by a single contractor or a consortium.
Lot 2: The successful contractor will be expected to work with a range of start ups and existing businesses within Wales with access to a broad range and innovative set of solutions. Support will involve a combination of workshops, events and direct face to face support across Wales operating from a network of business hubs. The service will be delivered across the whole of Wales by a single contractor or a consortium.
The ‘Business Wales — Entrepreneurship and SME Support service’ — bidders will need to demonstrate that they have the skill sets and resources required to support young people (lot 1), Start-ups and established businesses (lot 2) in all sectors with resource prioritised as required against impact, for example growth businesses. The service will be fully aligned to provision under the Business Wales Accelerated Growth programme (Contract No: C36/2014/2015). It is intended that the contract period will run from 1.1.2016 to 31.12.2021. Break clauses will be included in the contract which may be exercised for non contractual compliance, reduction in Welsh Government budgetary allocation, change in service direction / policy or any other reason deemed appropriate by the Welsh Ministers to exercise the break clause.

Please note in recognition of the breadth of areas likely to be required aligned to the modern economy, that consortia bids are encouraged for this tender exercise. Please refer to www.wales.gov.uk/jointbidding for advice and assistance on joint

bidding. Furthermore, the Welsh Government will host a supplier briefing session on the 4.6.2015 in Mid Wales (venue to be confirmed).

This contract would like to maximise the opportunities for jobs and growth and will use the Community Benefits policy in the procurement process and within the contract to deliver targeted recruitment and training opportunities to those furthest from the labour market and engage with the relevant support agencies effectively. For more information on the Community Benefits policy, please see http://prp.wales.gov.uk/toolkit/

Please note that funding for this project has been secured from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The period of the contract awarded will be an initial term of 4 years with an option to extend at the Welsh Ministers’ sole discretion for an additional 2 one year extensions. Accordingly the minimum contract period will be 4 years (subject always to earlier termination), and the maximum permitted contract period will be 6 years. Subject always to the procurement exercise progressing in accordance with the Welsh Ministers’ indicative timetable, it is anticipated that the Contract will commence in January 2016.

Note: The authority is using eTenderwales to carry out this procurement process. To obtain further information record your interest on Sell2Wales athttp://www.sell2wales.gov.uk/search/search_switch.aspx?ID=25428

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79900000, 79000000, 79400000, 79410000, 79411100, 79990000, 80210000, 80300000, 80310000, 80200000

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: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more 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:

The period of the contract awarded will be an initial term of 4 years with an option to extend at the Welsh Ministers’ sole discretion for an additional 2 one year extensions. Accordingly the minimum contract period will be 4 years (subject always to earlier termination), and the maximum permitted contract period will be 6 years. Subject always to the procurement exercise progressing in accordance with the Welsh Ministers’ indicative timetable, it is anticipated that the Contract will commence in January 2016. Bidders should note that the budget is subject to approval from WEFO and may change during this procurement. The change, if any, will be a reduction in the budget.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 42 000 000 and 55 000 000 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: 72 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 2Lot title: Business Support Services

1)Short description

The Welsh Ministers are seeking to engage with quality providers to deliver its Business Wales service. The service will support young people, start-up businesses and established businesses (predominantly SMEs) through an aligned delivery model.
The support will be split into 2 lots, one covering Youth Entrepreneurship and the other supporting start up and established businesses.
Lot 2: The successful contractor will be expected to work with a range of start ups and existing businesses within Wales with access to a broad range and innovative set of solutions. Support will involve a combination of workshops, events and direct face to face support across Wales operating from a network of business hubs. The service will be delivered across the whole of Wales by a single contractor or a consortium.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79900000, 79000000, 79400000, 79410000, 79411100, 79990000

3)Quantity or scope

The period of the contract awarded will be an initial term of 4 years with an option to extend at the Welsh Ministers’ sole discretion for an additional 2 one year extensions. Accordingly the minimum contract period will be 4 years (subject always to earlier termination), and the maximum permitted contract period will be 6 years. Subject always to the procurement exercise progressing in accordance with the Welsh Ministers’ indicative timetable, it is anticipated that the Contract will commence in January 2016.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 37 000 000 and 47 000 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 1Lot title: Youth Entrepreneurship Services

1)Short description

The Welsh Ministers are seeking to engage with quality providers to deliver its Business Wales service. The service will support young people, start-up businesses and established businesses (predominantly SMEs) through an aligned delivery model.
The support will be split into 2 lots, one covering Youth Entrepreneurship and the other supporting start up and established businesses.
Lot 1: The successful contractor will work with young people under 25 through education, business and community groups to encourage youth entrepreneurship in Wales. Services will involve a combination of business led inspirational workshops, a promotional campaign, events and competitions. The service will be delivered across the whole of Wales by a single contractor or a consortium.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79900000, 79000000, 79400000, 79410000, 79411100, 79990000, 80210000, 80300000, 80310000, 80200000

3)Quantity or scope

The period of the contract awarded will be an initial term of 4 years with an option to extend at the Welsh Ministers’ sole discretion for an additional 2 one year extensions. Accordingly the minimum contract period will be 4 years (subject always to earlier termination), and the maximum permitted contract period will be 6 years. Subject always to the procurement exercise progressing in accordance with the Welsh Ministers’ indicative timetable, it is anticipated that the Contract will commence in January 2016.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 5 000 000 and 8 000 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

The awarding authority reserves the right to request parent company and/or other guarantees of performance and financial liability.

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

Payment terms will be indicated in the contract documents. Tenders to be priced in Sterling. Payment to be made in Sterling.

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

No special legal form required but joint and several liability to be assumed by all group bidders before acceptance.

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: Please refer to the ‘Qualification Response’ section of the online tender in itt_47771.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Please refer to the ‘Qualification Response’ section of the online tender in itt_47771.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Please refer to the ‘Technical Response’ section of the online tender (within itt_46509 for Lot 1 and/or itt_46528 for Lot 2).
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

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:

C198/2014/2015

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

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2014/S 238-419118 of 10.12.2014

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

29.7.2015 – 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.
Other: Welsh.

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 29.7.2015 – 14:00

Place:

etenderwales

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

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): Please note that funding for this project is being provided from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

VI.3)Additional information

The Welsh Government, on behalf of the Welsh Ministers, will be conducting this procurement exercise through the etenderwales portalhttps://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk Tender documents and other information must be downloaded from and returned through this portal. If you require any further assistance, the BravoSolution helpdesk is available on:

Email: help@bravosolution.co.uk

Phone: +44 8003684850/Fax: +44 2070600480
E-TENDER INFORMATION:

— Go to https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk

— The first person from your Organisation to use the Platform will be required to register on behalf of the Organisation.
— Registration involves accepting a User Agreement, and providing basic information about your Organisation and about the
User performing the Registration.
— The User who performs the Registration becomes the Super User for the Organisation.
— On registering on the Platform the Super User will select a Username and will receive a password.
— The Password will be sent by e-mail to the email address that was specified in the User Details section of the Registration
page.
— In order to log-in to the Platform please enter your Username and Password.
— Note: If you forget your Password then visit the homepage and click “Forgot your password?”
— Registration should only be performed once for each Organisation.
— If you think that someone in your Organisation may have already registered on this Platform then you must not register
again.
— Please contact the person who Registered (i.e. the Super User) in order to arrange access to the Platform.
— Contact the Helpdesk immediately if you are unable to contact the Super User (for example if they have left your
Organisation).
— Note: If your Organisation is already registered on the Platform then you must not make any additional registration. Please
contact the Helpdesk to gain access to the Platform.
— Itt’s must be uploaded to the BravoSolution portal by 14:00 on the deadline date given in this notice.
How to find the ITT:
— Once logged in you must click on ‘ITTs Open to all Suppliers’
— The etender references for this contract are: Project_29784 and the following ITT numbers – ITT_47771 (Qualification Questions), ITT_46509 (Lot 1), and ITT_46528 (Lot 2).
— Click on the title to access summary details of the contract. If you are still interested in expressing an interest, click the
‘Express an Interest button’. This will move the ITT from the ‘Open to all Suppliers’ area to the ‘My ITT’s’ on the home
page.
— You will then see the full details of the ITT in the qualification and technical envelopes along with any relevant documents in the ‘Attachments’ area.
— Should you have any questions on the ITT, please use the ‘Messages’ area to contact the buyer directly — Please do not contact the named person at the top of this notice.
Under the terms of this contract the successful supplier(s) will be required to deliver Community Benefits in support of the authority’s economic and social objectives. Accordingly, contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social and environmental considerations. The Community Benefits included in this contract are:
Training and Employment Opportunities, Promotion of Environmental Benefits, Promotion of Social Businesses, Contributions to Education, Numeracy, Literacy and STEM subjects.
(WA Ref:25428)
Under the terms of this contract the successful supplier(s) will be required to deliver Community Benefits in support of the authority’s economic and social objectives. Accordingly, contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social and environmental considerations. The Community Benefits included in this contract are:
The Community Benefits Policy has key strategic priority areas that align with the Welsh Government Programme for Government commitments. The policy priority areas that the client want you to focus on in your Community Benefits proposal are:
— Training and recruitment opportunities for the economically inactive/disadvantaged groups, including Worklessness (Welsh Government Lift Programme), and/or graduates, undergraduates placements and/or trainees, and/or apprenticeships etc.
— Tenderers should consider opportunities for recruiting and training the above groups as part of the workforce delivering this contract.
Other priority areas are:
— Retention and training for the existing workforce.
— Promotion of Environmental Benefits.
— Promotion of Social Businesses.
— Contributions to Education, Numeracy, Literacy and STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects).

* ‘Long-term economically inactive’ in this tender means those who have not been in paid employment in the last 3 months immediately prior to the date of this invitation. For the definition of disadvantaged please refer to the EU definition which can be found in the community benefits measurement tool, employment tab at this link http://prp.wales.gov.uk/toolkit/

Innovation is encouraged and this list is not exhaustive.

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:

20.5.2015

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