Kent and Medway South East Business Boost Programme Delivery

Kent and Medway South East Business Boost Programme Delivery

3 Lots. Lot 1: East Kent – comprising of: Thanet, Dover, Canterbury, Shepway, Ashford.

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

2017/S 161-332366

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Kent County Council
County Hall
Maidstone
ME14 1XQ
United Kingdom
Contact person: Mr Phil Lamacraft
Telephone: +44 3000410248
E-mail: phil.lamacraft@kent.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKJ4Internet address(es):Main address: http://www.kent.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.kent.gov.uk

I.2)Joint procurement

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://www.kentbusinessportal.org.uk/
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://www.kentbusinessportal.org.uk/

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

SS17 020 — Kent and Medway South East Business Boost Programme Delivery.

Reference number: DN294616

II.1.2)Main CPV code

79400000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The Council is seeking providers to deliver the Kent and Medway South East Business Boost Programme Delivery services.

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is a business-led, public and private sector body established to drive economic growth across East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

The core growth hub service is to be extended through a SELEP-wide South East Business Boost (SEBB), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme.

The current core offer is primarily an online facility with some limited support. The SEBB programme will enable growth hubs to expand existing provision to offer: a greater level of 1:2:1 and 1:2: many interactions that create growth and innovation within companies, delivered to an wider target audience including: pre-start, start-up and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. This process will be enhanced by the ‘Growth Grant’ programme to facilitate growth and increase productivity.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 530 500.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all lots
Maximum number of lots that may be awarded to one tenderer: 3
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

East Kent

Lot No: 1

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79400000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKJ44

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The LEP is one of 39 partnerships across England set up by the government to be the key body determining strategic economic priorities while making investments and delivering activities to drive growth and create local jobs.

As well as being the biggest LEP outside of London, SELEP is also one of the most local. The LEP operates a fully devolved model with increased reach into local communities through local delivery partnerships in East Sussex, Kent and Medway, Essex and Thames Gateway South Essex.

The core growth hub service is to be extended through a SELEP-wide South East Business Boost (SEBB), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme. This requirement is designed to achieve the extended service. The service will provide additional activities beyond what can be provided currently. Both core growth hub and the Kent and Medway SEBB Programme will be delivered as separate projects with distinct outputs etc. They have been designed to operate autonomously and if the funding for the core hub is ceased the Kent and Medway SEBB Programme will not be expected to pick up the activities, but instead continue operating unhindered.

The current core Growth Hub offer is primarily an online facility with some limited Business Navigator support. The SEBB programme will enable growth hubs to expand existing provision to offer: a greater level of 1:2:1 and 1:2: many interactions that create growth and facilitate innovation within companies, delivered to an expanded target audience including: pre-start, start-up and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. This process will be further enhanced by the ‘Growth Grant’ programme designed to facilitate growth and increase productivity within local companies.

Kent and Medway SEBB Programme will be funded via an ERDF grant. Whilst the services need to work closely together, it will be possible at any time to identify the activity funded through ERDF funds and the activity funded by others.

This opportunity has been developed by gathering evidence of the gaps in support provision through public and private sector partnership engagement. The Kent and Medway South East Business Boost Programme Delivery services will be fully integrated alongside their respective Core Growth Hub Services and will be governed by the same principles:

— developing strong, inclusive partnerships with local stakeholders;

— putting in place robust governance arrangements to oversee growth hub activity and ensuring alignment with the LEP’s strategic economic plan;

— ensuring plans for growth hubs are deliverable and sustainable beyond 2019 when government and European funding ends;

— joining up national and local business support and simplifying the local offer;

— applying a common evaluation framework to identify what works; and

— measuring impact.

The SEBB programme will deliver an offer that compliments and enhances the existing ‘core’ Growth Hub programme. The current core Growth Hub offer is primarily an online facility with some limited Business Navigator support. The SEBB programme will enable growth hubs to expand existing provision to offer: a greater level of 1:2:1 and 1:2:many interactions that create growth and facilitate innovation within companies, delivered to an expanded target audience including: pre-start, start-up and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. This process will be further enhanced by the ‘Growth Grant’ programme designed to facilitate growth and increase productivity within local companies.

It is the Council’s view that this contract would be appropriate to divide into Lots in order to ensure best regional support. It is also considered that this will assist SME application by allowing service provision to be concentrated into specific regions rather than requiring a single provider to spread themselves across the entire county and potentially negatively impacting the quality of service provision.

Lot 1: East Kent — comprising of: Thanet, Dover, Canterbury, Shepway, Ashford.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 170 516.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 20
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: yes

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Identification of the project: European Regional Development Funds.
II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

West Kent

Lot No: 2

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79400000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKJ46

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The LEP is one of 39 partnerships across England set up by the government to be the key body determining strategic economic priorities while making investments and delivering activities to drive growth and create local jobs.

As well as being the biggest LEP outside of London, SELEP is also one of the most local. The LEP operates a fully devolved model with increased reach into local communities through local delivery partnerships in East Sussex, Kent and Medway, Essex and Thames Gateway South Essex.

The core growth hub service is to be extended through a SELEP-wide South East Business Boost (SEBB), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme. This requirement is designed to achieve the extended service. The service will provide additional activities beyond what can be provided currently. Both core growth hub and the Kent and Medway SEBB Programme will be delivered as separate projects with distinct outputs etc. They have been designed to operate autonomously and if the funding for the core hub is ceased the Kent and Medway SEBB Programme will not be expected to pick up the activities, but instead continue operating unhindered.

The current core Growth Hub offer is primarily an online facility with some limited Business Navigator support. The SEBB programme will enable growth hubs to expand existing provision to offer: a greater level of 1:2:1 and 1:2: many interactions that create growth and facilitate innovation within companies, delivered to an expanded target audience including: pre-start, start-up and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. This process will be further enhanced by the ‘Growth Grant’ programme designed to facilitate growth and increase productivity within local companies.

Kent and Medway SEBB Programme will be funded via an ERDF grant. Whilst the services need to work closely together, it will be possible at any time to identify the activity funded through ERDF funds and the activity funded by others.

This opportunity has been developed by gathering evidence of the gaps in support provision through public and private sector partnership engagement. The Kent & Medway South East Business Boost Programme Delivery services will be fully integrated alongside their respective Core Growth Hub Services and will be governed by the same principles:

— developing strong, inclusive partnerships with local stakeholders;

— putting in place robust governance arrangements to oversee growth hub activity and ensuring alignment with the LEP’s strategic economic plan;

— ensuring plans for growth hubs are deliverable and sustainable beyond 2019 when government and European funding ends;

— joining up national and local business support and simplifying the local offer;

— applying a common evaluation framework to identify what works; and

— measuring impact.

The SEBB programme will deliver an offer that compliments and enhances the existing ‘core’ Growth Hub programme. The current core Growth Hub offer is primarily an online facility with some limited Business Navigator support. The SEBB programme will enable growth hubs to expand existing provision to offer: a greater level of 1:2:1 and 1:2: many interactions that create growth and facilitate innovation within companies, delivered to an expanded target audience including: pre-start, start-up and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. This process will be further enhanced by the ‘Growth Grant’ programme designed to facilitate growth and increase productivity within local companies.

It is the Council’s view that this contract would be appropriate to divide into Lots in order to ensure best regional support. It is also considered that this will assist SME application by allowing service provision to be concentrated into specific regions rather than requiring a single provider to spread themselves across the entire county and potentially negatively impacting the quality of service provision.

Lot 2: West Kent — comprising of: Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Malling, Maidstone.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 200 449.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 20
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: yes

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Identification of the project: European Regional Development Funds.
II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

North Kent

Lot No: 3

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79400000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKJ41
NUTS code: UKJ43

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The LEP is one of 39 partnerships across England set up by the government to be the key body determining strategic economic priorities while making investments and delivering activities to drive growth and create local jobs.

As well as being the biggest LEP outside of London, SELEP is also one of the most local. The LEP operates a fully devolved model with increased reach into local communities through local delivery partnerships in East Sussex, Kent and Medway, Essex and Thames Gateway South Essex.

The core growth hub service is to be extended through a SELEP-wide South East Business Boost (SEBB), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme. This requirement is designed to achieve the extended service. The service will provide additional activities beyond what can be provided currently. Both core growth hub and the Kent & Medway SEBB Programme will be delivered as separate projects with distinct outputs etc. They have been designed to operate autonomously and if the funding for the core hub is ceased the Kent & Medway SEBB Programme will not be expected to pick up the activities, but instead continue operating unhindered.

The current core Growth Hub offer is primarily an online facility with some limited Business Navigator support. The SEBB programme will enable growth hubs to expand existing provision to offer: a greater level of 1:2:1 and 1:2: many interactions that create growth and facilitate innovation within companies, delivered to an expanded target audience including: pre-start, start-up and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. This process will be further enhanced by the ‘Growth Grant’ programme designed to facilitate growth and increase productivity within local companies.

Kent and Medway SEBB Programme will be funded via an ERDF grant. Whilst the services need to work closely together, it will be possible at any time to identify the activity funded through ERDF funds and the activity funded by others.

This opportunity has been developed by gathering evidence of the gaps in support provision through public and private sector partnership engagement. The Kent & Medway South East Business Boost Programme Delivery services will be fully integrated alongside their respective Core Growth Hub Services and will be governed by the same principles:

— developing strong, inclusive partnerships with local stakeholders;

— putting in place robust governance arrangements to oversee growth hub activity and ensuring alignment with the LEP’s strategic economic plan;

— ensuring plans for growth hubs are deliverable and sustainable beyond 2019 when government and European funding ends;

— joining up national and local business support and simplifying the local offer;

— applying a common evaluation framework to identify what works; and

— measuring impact.

The SEBB programme will deliver an offer that compliments and enhances the existing ‘core’ Growth Hub programme. The current core Growth Hub offer is primarily an online facility with some limited Business Navigator support. The SEBB programme will enable growth hubs to expand existing provision to offer: a greater level of 1:2:1 and 1:2: many interactions that create growth and facilitate innovation within companies, delivered to an expanded target audience including: pre-start, start-up and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. This process will be further enhanced by the ‘Growth Grant’ programme designed to facilitate growth and increase productivity within local companies.

It is the Council’s view that this contract would be appropriate to divide into Lots in order to ensure best regional support. It is also considered that this will assist SME application by allowing service provision to be concentrated into specific regions rather than requiring a single provider to spread themselves across the entire county and potentially negatively impacting the quality of service provision.

Lot 3: North Kent — comprising of: Swale, Medway Gravesham, Dartford.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 159 535.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 20
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: yes

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Identification of the project: European Regional Development Funds.
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 25/09/2017
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

English

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 25/09/2017
Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Head of Procurement, Kent County Council
County Hall
Maidstone
ME14 1XQ
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

22/08/2017

 

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