Invest NI Trade Advisory Service USA

Invest NI Trade Advisory Service USA

Contractor(s) shall provide the following services: Focused market research, Market screening, Assessing market readiness, Market entry strategies.

United Kingdom-Belfast: Distribution equipment

2015/S 161-295116

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Invest NI
303 Airport Road West
For the attention of: Paula Laverty
BT2 7ES Belfast
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2890816097
E-mail: paula.laverty@dfpni.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

Address of the buyer profile: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps

Electronic access to information: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps

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

Body governed by public law

I.3)Main activity

Economic and financial affairs

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:

DETI/Invest NI: Trade Advisory Service USA (United States of America).

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 UKN0

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)

Contractor(s) shall provide the following services:
— Focused market research,
— Market screening,
— Assessing market readiness,
— Market entry strategies,
— Identification of partners, i.e. agent/distributor agreements, licensing, value added resellers, technology transfer and joint ventures,
— Lead generation 1-to-1 clinics providing market advice and guidance,
— Support for high-quality visit programmes for companies and ministers either individually or as part of a group,
— Managing networking events,
— Market and sector briefings/webinars,
— Both 1-to-1 and to groups,
— Organising trade visits into the geographical region,
— Organising meet ‘The Buyer’ events in the geographical region,
— Visits organising agents/distributors/buyers/customers visits from the Lot (s) being tendered for to the clients country of origin where it is outside the countries in the Lot(s) tendered for,
— To Northern Ireland,
— Assistance with exhibitions,
— Networking event organizing,
— Promotional assistance,
— Setting up sales offices/trading entities as a service to companies from outside the Lot(s) tendered into the respective geographical Lot(s) applied for.
The Contractor(s) will assist Invest NI with the delivery of trade services to NI companies wishing to develop business in the respective geographical regions and will have a proven track record in delivering measurable sales results, detailed market intelligence reports, market entry strategies and structured market events (including trade missions, meet the buyer events and exhibition ‘stand-manning’ support).

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

31213000, 33000000, 79410000, 33190000, 34700000, 43200000, 71314000, 72222300, 15000000, 15895000, 15800000

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:

36 months (12 + 12 + 12).
Estimated value excluding VAT: 240 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: 12 months + 12 months.
Provisional timetable for recourse to these options:
in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
II.2.3)Information about renewals

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 12 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1Lot title: Advanced Materials, Engineering and Manufacturing

1)Short description

East USA.

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: 2Lot title: ICT Digital

1)Short description

East USA.

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: 3Lot title: Life Sciences

1)Short description

East USA.

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: 4Lot title: Food

1)Short description

East USA.

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: 5Lot title: Advanced Materials, Engineering and Manufacturing

1)Short description

West USA.

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: 6Lot title: ICT Digital

1)Short description

West USA.

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: 7Lot title: Life Sciences

1)Short description

West USA.

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:

N/A.

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

As per 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 per tender documentation.

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: As per the tender documents.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As per the tender documents.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: As per the tender documents.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As per the tender documents.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
As per the tender documents.
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 below

1. Proposed methodology. Weighting 40

2. Contract management and quality assurance. Weighting 20

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:

59307

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

no

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: 30.9.2015 – 15:00
Payable documents: no

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

30.9.2015 – 15:00
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: 90 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 30.9.2015
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: Only CPD staff with access to project on e-Tenders.

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

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: CPD will comply with the Public Contracts Regulations, 2015 and, where appropriate will incorporate a standstill period (i.e. a minimum of 10 calendar days) at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. This provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the Contract is entered into.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

16.8.2015

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