Start Up Lancashire Programme

Start Up Lancashire Programme

The Council is seeking to appoint service providers for the provision of new business start up support as part of the Start Up Lancashire Programme.

UK-Blackburn: business development consultancy services

2012/S 112-185921

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Town Hall, King William Street
For the attention of: Rona Mcfall
BB1 7DY Blackburn
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1254304580
E-mail: rona.mcfall@regeneratepl.co.uk
Fax: +44 1254304551

Internet address(es):

Address of the buyer profile: www.blackburn.gov.uk

Further information can be obtained from: Regenerate Pennine Lancashire
Suite 22, The Globe Centre
Contact point(s): Rona Mcfall
BB5 0RE Accrington
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1254304580
E-mail: rona.mcfall@regeneratepl.co.uk
Fax: +44 1254304551

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Regenerate Pennine Lancashire
Suite 22, The Globe Centre, St James Square
BB5 0RE Accrington
UNITED KINGDOM

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Town Hall
Blackburn
UNITED KINGDOM

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity

General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

All Lancashire local authorities apart from Blackpool Council
Lancashire
UNITED KINGDOM

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Start Up Lancashire Programme.
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
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)

Business-development consultancy services. The Council is seeking to appoint service providers for the provision of new business start up support as part of the Start Up Lancashire Programme. The Council is seeking to appoint service providers with funding available to match European Regional Development Funding only. Any service providers that do not have cash match funding to meet the minimum requirements defined in the contract specification will not be scored. Start up Lancashire is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and any such contract award is subject to a formal project appraisal and grant offer being received by the Department of Communities and Local Government. The Council reserves the right to abandon the procurement process should the programme not receive approval.
The programme is funded as part of Priority 4 “Business start up support in disadvantaged communities and for groups under-represented in enterprise” which focuses on supporting those groups that experience barriers to starting a business or are in the early stages of growing a business. The aim of this contract is to deliver a programme of support for the establishment and survival of new businesses, including social enteprises. The programme is specifically aimed at benefitting individuals from under-represented groups (defined as women, BME, people with disabilities, social enterprise, young people, older workers, lone parents, ex-offenders, asylum seeker and refugees) and individuals considering setting up a business in key target wards (defined as Lancashire eligible wards by out-of-work benefit claims.) provide support for the establishment and survival of new businesses, including social enterprises.
Start Up Lancashire will provide assistance to individuals considering starting a business. The project will provide one-to-one support in the form of;
— telephone support,
— business development sessions,
— one-to-many support through the provision of workshops,
— Start up toolkit – start up tools and materials, including enterprise vouchers,
— Start up plus – masterclasses,
— Post-start support in order to improve sustainability and survival – one to one mentoring.
Contract awards will be evaluated by a panel of representatives from Lancashire, each of the Lancashire local authority districts and Lancashire County Council.
Targets will be set in terms of new business start ups, job creation and other indicators related to enterprise growth and guidance will be provided on ERDF eligibility for assistance. Contractors will be required to demonstrate progress against these targets within an agreed reporting cycle. The Contract will commence in November 2012 and will be for a period of 26 months.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79411100

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: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

The Council is seeking to appoint service providers against 3 contract lots. Lot 1 – Social Enterprise Support in Lancashire. Lot 2 – Start up Pennine Lancashire. Lot 3 – Start up West of Lancashire.
The contractual elements include: One to one business advice, Pre-start workshops, Start Up Toolkit, Post-start mentoring, and post-start sustainability workshops.
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 26 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Social Enterprise Support in Lancashire

1)Short description

Assistance to social enterprises in the form of advice, workshops and post start support in the Lancashire Boroughs of Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Pendle, Burnley, Rossendale, Ribble Valley, Chorley, Lancaster, Preston, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Fylde and Wyre.
Minimum cash match funding threshold – £200,000. Tenders should not be submitted below this threshold. Any tenders that do not meet the match funding requirements for this service will not be scored. NB: Lot 1 does not provide social enterprise support provision in the Borough of Blackpool. The Start up Lancashire Programme includes support provision for the Borough of Blackpool but this is not being procured through this tender opportunity.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79411100

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: Start up Lancashire – Pennine Lancashire

1)Short description

Assistance to individuals in the form of advice, workshops and post start support in the Boroughs of Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Pendle, Burnley, Rossendale and Ribble Valley. Minimum cash match funding threshold – £350,000. Tenders should not be submitted below this threshold. Any tenders that do not meet the match funding requirements for this service will not be scored.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79411100

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: Start up Lancashire – West of Lancashire

1)Short description

Assistance to individuals in the form of advice, workshops and post start support in the Boroughs of Chorley, Lancaster, Preston, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Fylde and Wyre. Minimum cash match funding threshold – £480,000. Tenders should not be submitted below this threshold. Any tenders that do not meet the match funding requirements for this service will not be scored.
NB: Lot 3 does not support provision in the Borough of Blackpool. The Start up Lancashire Programme includes support provision for the Borough of Blackpool but this is not being procured through this tender.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79411100

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:

Joint and several liability.
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

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Details included in the Invitation to Tender document.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Details included in the Invitation to Tender document.
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

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:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
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: 23.7.2012 – 17:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

30.7.2012 – 12:00
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 tenders

Date: 30.7.2012 – 15:00
Place:

Blackburn Town Hall.

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: 2 Blackburn with Darwen officers and upto a maximum of 2 Council Members in line with the Council’s Contract Procedure Rules

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: yes
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): European Regional Development Fund Priority 4 – Business Start-Up support in disadvantaged communities and for under-represented in enterprise in the North West of England.
VI.3)Additional information

The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs).However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement,and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender.
Start up Lancashire is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and any such contract award is subject to a formal project appraisal and grant offer being received by the Department of Communities and Local Government. The Council reserves the right to abandon the procurement process should the programme not receive approval.
Bids are welcomed from Consortiums as well as individual organisations. GO Reference: GO-2012612-PRO-3989113.
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: Following the evaluation of tenders, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council will incorporate a minimum of 10 calendar days standstill period: this period will commence from the point that the information required by regulation 32 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5) (“the Regulations”) on the award of the contract is communicated to all tenderers and candidates. If an appeal regarding the award of a contract has not been successfully resolved the Regulations provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought within the time limits set out in the Regulations. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow parties to raise any issues and if necessary apply to the Courts to set aside 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:12.6.2012