Mutuals Support Programme – Oldham Council

Mutuals Support Programme – Oldham Council

Contract value:£1 – £50,000. The Council is keen to explore an alternative strategy to outsourcing which both meets this challenge and also fits with, and supports, the Council’s co-operative ambitions.

Reference number: RM1154-SB

Deadline date:08/01/2013

This deadline is for… Submission of a Tender response. More information on how to register can be found in ‘How to apply instructions to suppliers’

Contract value:£1 – £50,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: United Kingdom Oldham

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? Yes

Name of the buying organisation: Government Procurement Service (on behalf of Cabinet Office)


Description of the contract

Oldham Council is a large provider of adult social care services, providing around a quarter of all services in the borough. The Potential Public Service Mutual’s staff costs account for over 80% of the £15.3m budget. The services are generally of good quality and popular with service users and their families but, whilst they represent good value for money when compared with other neighbouring local authorities, they are uncompetitive in comparison with both the private and voluntary sectors. Since 2009/10 Oldham Council made £100m of budgetary savings and are forecasting a further £31m for the period 2013-2015. Due to shrinking resources the Council recognises it will need to do things differently. The Council forecasts that within 5 years it will only have £11 million to fund these services. The Council is keen to explore an alternative strategy to outsourcing which both meets this challenge and also fits with, and supports, the Council’s co-operative ambitions. A Supplier will be appointed to deliver services to the Potential PSM in the following areas: 1. Reviewing legal documentation 2. Market assessment and analysis 3. Business Plan development 4. Marketing Strategy Development


Classification of the contract

79100000 Legal services

79400000 Business and management consultancy and related services

79410000 Business and management consultancy services

79411100 Business development consultancy services

79411000 General management consultancy services


Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 6 Months


Who to contact

Contact name Spot Buy Team

Organisation name Government Procurement Service

Address 9th Floor, The Capital, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9PP

Telephone 0345 410 2222

Extension number:


How to apply

To participate in this procurement, Potential Providers must first be registered on the Government Procurement Service e-Sourcing Suite. If you have not yet registered on the eSourcing Suite, this can be done online at by following the link ‘Register for GPS eSourcing’. Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so at the Invitation to Tender stage. Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, you will need to express and interest for the Mutuals Support Programme – Oldham Council procurement. This is done by emailing Your email must clearly state: • the name of this procurement (Mutuals Support Programme – Oldham Council) and the RM reference number (RM1154-SB); • the name of the registered supplier; and • the name and contact details for the registered individual sending the email. Government Procurement Service will then process this email and assign your organisation to the opportunity. The registered user will receive a notification email to alert them once this has been done. The Invitation to Tender will be issued to Potential Providers on 21 December 2012 via the eSourcing Suite. Ideally Potential Providers should be registered on the system before this date however registrations will be accepted throughout the Tender period allowing Potential Providers access to the documentation. It is advised however that Potential Providers register as soon as practically possible in order to receive the Invitation to Tender and have a sufficient amount of time to respond. For technical assistance on use of the eSourcing Suite please contact the Helpdesk: Freephone: 0345 010 3503 Email:

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