International Trade Consultants Framework

International Trade Consultants Framework

Business Support Solutions wishes to appoint a Panel of Business Consultants to augment the existing International Trade Advisory services delivered by BSS across the North West Region. 

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

2017/S 161-333349

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

ChamberLink Ltd t/a Business Support Solutions
Lee House, 90 Great Bridgewater St
For the attention of: Nick Batty
M1 5JW Manchester
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1612374044
E-mail: nick.batty@businessgrowthhub.com

Internet address(es):

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

Electronic access to information: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/manchestergrowthcompany/aspx/Home

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/manchestergrowthcompany/aspx/ProjectManage/21

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

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

Other: a private company running publicly funded projects

I.3)Main activity

Other: support to local businesses via public funded projects
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

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

International Trade Consultants 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
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: North West of England.
NUTS code UKD,UKD3

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement

II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Framework agreement with several operators
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 180

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 1

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

Business Support Solutions (BSS) wishes to appoint a Panel of Business Consultants to augment the existing International Trade Advisory services delivered by BSS across the North West Region. BSS delivers the Department for International Trade (DIT) services which is also supported by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Across all the various lots, the framework will deliver in the first year 125 Business Assists to companies requiring support in one or more of the area listed.
Each business assist will consist of a maximum of 12 hours of intensive support on specific international trade areas (2 consultancy days of 6 hours per day).
Delivery must be face to face or market research agreed with the client. Face to face support may be delivered either entirely on a one to one basis, a blend of one to one and internal group of executives or a blend of one to one and external group of mixed business executives, and be flexible and tailored to meet the specific needs of an individual business.
The provider must agree the brief with the client and confirm by email prior to the 12 hours of support commencing. This correspondence must inform the design of the bespoke programme of support for the business. The results of this must be supplied to BSS as part of the completion process and will be used to request client feedback prior to payment.
BSS will advise the named contact with the client company who will be responsible for the completion and signing of all evaluative and evidence requirements on behalf of the business.
Delivery to take place over a maximum of a 3-month period (exceptions may be approved on review of circumstances) also bearing in mind the current end date of the project.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

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 contract period will be for 12 months, with an option, to extend for a further period of 3 years (subject to funding). The initial period will end on the 30.9.2018.
The likely value of activity under this framework for the first year is 160 000 GBP excluding VAT.
It is anticipated that 125 Business Assists will be commissioned in the first year. (In the first year each assist will be of 12 hours over 2 days).
If BSS are successful if securing further funding the contract may be extended. If extended the maximum spend on this contract will be 2 000 000 GBP excluding VAT.

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

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: International Markets: North America

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: opening a US office, find and manage a potential US business partner, understanding US taxation, developing a US focused sales and marketing strategy, finding new business opportunities, etc.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 2 Lot title: International Markets: Central and South America

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: support for companies looking to export and conduct business in these regions.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 3 Lot title: International Markets: India

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: understand the business culture and export opportunities, how to find new business partners, research new technology partnerships and opportunities.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 4 Lot title: International Markets: Middle East

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: understand the business culture and export opportunities, how to find new business partners, research new technology partnerships and opportunities.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 5 Lot title: International Business Strategy, IP and Commercial Agreements: Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: how to construct and negotiate agreements and contracts.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: how to construct and negotiate agreements and contracts.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 6 Lot title: International Business Strategy, IP and Commercial Agreements: Market Research

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: sources of information and how to disseminate into a cohesive action plan.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 7 Lot title: International Business Strategy, IP and Commercial Agreements: Export Communications

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: importance of awareness of business and cultural differences.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 8 Lot title: International Business Strategy, IP and Commercial Agreements: Agents/Distributor and Licensing agreements

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: appoint and manage agents and distributors, develop licensing agreements, expertise in the legal and practical options for exporters.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 9 Lot title: International Business Strategy, IP and Commercial Agreements: Trade Marking, Patents, Copyright, etc.

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: Legal considerations for companies looking to protect their IP at home and in overseas markets.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 10 Lot title: International Business Strategy, IP and Commercial Agreements: MOUs, Terms and Conditions for business

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas:- Legal considerations and requirements related to export sales including online sales.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 11 Lot title: International Business Strategy, IP and Commercial Agreements: International finance, Banking and Taxation

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: compliance with international protocols relating to all aspects of finance and banking.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 12 Lot title: International Business Strategy, IP and Commercial Agreements: Raising Capital

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: venture capital, loans, crowd funding, private investors — how to construct a business plan.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 13 Lot title: International Business Strategy, IP and Commercial Agreements: Foreign currency, exchange rates, finance

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: protecting against fluctuation in exchange rates, insurance options, etc.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 14 Lot title: International Business Strategy, IP and Commercial Agreements: HMRC R&D Tax Credits

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: Eligibility and how to claim.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 15 Lot title: International Sales and Marketing: Branding and Packaging

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: international standards and specifications on packaging materials, recyclability, use of brand names, international compliances.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 16 Lot title: International Sales and Marketing: Distribution Channels

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: sourcing agents and distributors in overseas markets, licensing agreements, copyright, trade marking, etc.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 17 Lot title: International Sales and Marketing: Pricing policies including foreign currencies

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: VAT, sales tax, commissions, exchange rates — consideration of all aspects of in-market competition.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 18 Lot title: International Sales and Marketing: On-Line trading and E-Commerce

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: social media, delivery and finance models, web development requirements, logistics etc.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 19 Lot title: International Sales and Marketing: Search Engine Optimisation

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: building a web portal fit for purpose for international trading.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 20 Lot title: International Sales and Marketing: Exhibition Management and planning

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: plan and organise overseas exhibitions.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 21 Lot title: Export documentation and Freight Forwarding: Logistics

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: protocols and options.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 22 Lot title: Export documentation and Freight Forwarding: International Trade Tariffs

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: tariff checks to ensure correct rating, implications and planning for possible tariff changes re Brexit, etc.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 23 Lot title: Export documentation and Freight Forwarding: Insurance

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: protection options for export sales including private sector and government schemes.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: (…)
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 24 Lot title: Sector Specialists: Creative and Media

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: including, film, gaming industry, music, digital and live performing, etc.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 25 Lot title: Sector Specialists: Biotech, Lifesciences and Healthcare

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: international standards, compliances and to encourage international collaboration and development opportunities.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 26 Lot title: Sector Specialists: Automotive

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: supply chain, design and technology, fuel cell technology, environmental issues, advanced engineering solutions.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 27 Lot title: Sector Specialists: Chemicals

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: supply chain and manufacturing capabilities to encourage international collaboration and development opportunities.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 28 Lot title: Sector Specialists: Energy

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: new technologies across sustainable energy sources, international government agreements, etc.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 29 Lot title: Sector Specialists: Manufacturing

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: focus on international licensing, partnerships, capital investments in new facilities and resources, etc.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 30 Lot title: Sector Specialists: Food and Drink

1)Short description

Consultants will demonstrate expertise in the following areas: International trading standards, packaging, retail and wholesale routes to market.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000

3)Quantity or scope
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:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
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
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
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

Restricted
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:

T17025
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
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

17.7.2018 – 23:59
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

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): Supported by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

VI.3)Additional information

The Framework is being operated similar to a Dynamic Procurement System in that bidders of the services will complete an Indicative Tender (bid) which will be evaluated. Decisions to admit to the Framework will be made within 15 calendar days of submission. Successful and non-successful suppliers will be notified if they have been admitted to the Framework. The Framework will remain open to new applicants through out the life of the contract.
BSS are not a Contracting Authority as defined in The Public Contracts Regulations 2015. All procurement processes are run in compliance with National Rules.
Interested organisations are advised that should the contract be extended beyond 1 year, that additional volumes are unknown at the time of the notice.
It should be noted that as this procurement is in the form of a Framework Agreement and that Business Support Solutions cannot guarantee to commission to the values set above, or that they will be any requirement for each lot.

You are required to make your ITT submission via the The Growth Company In-tend e-tendering platform. You are required to complete a basic registration as a supplier on the In-tend Supplier Platform at the following web address: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/manchestergrowthcompany/aspx/Home

Please note that all mandatory fields (highlighted in yellow on the In-Tend Portal) must be completed in order to register your organisation.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Business Support Solutions
Lee House, 90 Great Bridgewater St
M1 5JW Manchester
United Kingdom

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:

23.8.2017

 

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