Tender for Business Growth Specialists and Sector Advisors

Tender for Business Growth Specialists and Sector Advisors

The Growth Hub aims to provide a service to SME’s providing quality assured Business Growth Specialists and Sector Advisors with a single point of access.

United Kingdom-Sheffield: Business services: law, marketing, consulting, recruitment, printing and security

2019/S 116-285025

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Sheffield City Region
11 Broad Street West
Sheffield
S1 2BQ
United Kingdom
Contact person: Dr Chris Goodacre
Telephone: +44 7817464769
E-mail: chris.goodacre@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk
NUTS code: UKE3
Internet address(es):Main address: www.sheffieldcityregion.org.uk

Address of the buyer profile: www.sheffieldcityregion.org.uk

I.2)Information about joint procurement

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://procontract.due-north.com/Advert/Index?advertId=2ed39fe0-498c-e911-80f8-005056b64545
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://procontract.due-north.com/Advert/Index?advertId=2ed39fe0-498c-e911-80f8-005056b64545

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

Economic and financial affairs

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Sheffield City Region: Provision of Specialist Professional Services Provider

Reference number: DN414578

II.1.2)Main CPV code

79000000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The Sheffield City Region (SCR) Growth Hub was set up in response to the economic challenges set out in the Sheffield City Region Strategic Economic Plan and subsequent SCR ESIF Strategy. The Growth Hub aims to provide a service to SME’s providing quality assured Business Growth Specialists and Sector Advisors with a single point of access so that businesses in the Sheffield City Region can access the support it needs to thrive. We are looking to appoint a supplier of these specialist professional services for a 4-year term based on a contract initially of 2 years with a 2 year option to extend based on confirmation of budgets and appropriateness of service.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 3 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

66500000
66100000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKE3

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Sheffield City Region (SCR) Growth Hub was set up in response to the economic challenges set out in the Sheffield City Region Strategic Economic Plan and subsequent SCR ESIF Strategy.

Both documents argue that a latent demand for high quality business support and advice is a barrier to growth in many of our ~44 000 SMEs and therefore set out the SCR’s ambition to put in place a ‘world-class’ support offer structured around the principles of a ‘Growth Hub’ i.e. a business support offer that:

— offers a consistent service across the SCR,

— is a partnership between public and private sectors to maximise quantum and quality of business support available,

— prioritises publicly funded interventions on the basis of economic impact and complements and does not displace the private sector.

SCR’s Growth Hub aims to provide a better deal for SCR businesses — both SME’s and Large Enterprises, offering a uniformed quality assured service, with a single point of access and a near total removal of internal boundaries, so that every business in the Sheffield City Region can access the support it needs to thrive.

The Growth Hub operates under a hub and spoke model and offers business support across 6 themed (spoke) areas:

— access to finance,

— skills bank,

— export,

— innovation,

— new business,

— growth demand.

The ‘spokes’ of the Growth Hub offer a range of services to support business growth. This can involve individual 1-2-1 information, diagnostic, guidance and support from a team of Business Growth Specialists and Spoke Specific advisory support individuals; facilitation of application to SCR and Growth Hub funded initiatives; signposting and facilitation to local, regional and national offers of service that cover the areas mentioned.

The central Gateway service (the Hub) that performs an initial triage function to all queries posed to the Growth Hub, whether this be by telephone, email or face to face and aims to connect the business to the most appropriate source of support required within the shortest timeframe.

In addition, a number of centrally managed services exist enabling businesses to effectively self-support and diagnose their requirements. All accessible from the Growth Hub website www.scrgrowthhub.co.uk these include an interactive regional and national business event calendar; a self-assessment tool and productivity calculator focussing specifically on the challenges and opportunities presented by Brexit; a support ‘Portal’ detailing all known business support initiatives; and a filterable directory of third party training and support providers.

Launched in April 2016, the Growth Hub has just celebrated its third birthday and with it, the significant milestone of engaging support to 6 000 businesses in the SCR.

In 2018, a comprehensive review of the Growth Hub activity to date was produced, reviewing its original brief, achievements reached and suggestions for future operation and direction. At the time of this request to participate being issued, an evaluation of the impact of Growth Hub is currently underway to identify and understand the specific impacts that its’ activity has contributed to, both directly and indirectly and how these can be measured, evidenced and demonstrated.

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: 3 000 000.00 GBP

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

Start: 02/12/2019
End: 01/12/2023
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged number of candidates: 5

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

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:

ESIF

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

Restricted procedure

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with a single operator
In the case of framework agreements, provide justification for any duration exceeding 4 years:

The framework will not exceed 4 years duration

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: 22/07/2019
Local time: 12:00

IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

Date: 19/06/2019

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: 48 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic ordering will be used
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Sheffield City Region
11 Broad Street West
Sheffield
S1 2BQ
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:

18/06/2019

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