Big Lottery Fund Awards for All Northern Ireland

Big Lottery Fund Awards for All Northern Ireland

The Big Lottery Fund (“BIG”) is seeking an organisation to provide networking and development support services to grant holders on its Awards for All grants programme in Northern Ireland.

UK-London: Social research services

2013/S 016-023289

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

1 Plough Place
For the attention of: Punim Anda
EC4A 1DE London
Telephone: +44 2072113736

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Electronic access to information:

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate:

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

Other: Grant awarding body
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.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Awards for All Northern Ireland: Development and Support Contract
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 27: Other services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Northern Ireland wide.
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)

The Big Lottery Fund (“BIG”) is seeking an organisation to provide networking and development support services to grant holders on its Awards for All grants programme in Northern Ireland.
Under the Awards for All programme in Northern Ireland, BIG awards grants between GBP 500 to GBP 10,000 to a variety of organisations including voluntary and community organisations and statutory organisations for charitable, community, educational, environmental and health-related projects.
For each year of the contract, the successful provider will be required to:
— carry out a needs analysis to identify the needs of the Awards for All grant holders;
— based on the needs analysis, create a network to facilitate sharing of good practice amongst grant-holders and
partnership working in a supportive environment; and
— based on the needs analysis, provide ongoing support and guidance to grant-holders through a variety of delivery methods (for example one-to-one sessions, workshops and facilitation of events).
Please see the ITT at for a full list of our requirements.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79315000, 73110000, 73000000, 80511000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

This contract is divided into lots: no
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:

The potential value of the contract is GBP 300,000 (inclusive of VAT) over a 3 year term.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 250 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

Parent Company Guarantees and other security may be required in respect of some or all of the service provider’s obligations.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Payments will be made in accordance with the conditions of contract.
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. Should the successful tenderer be a consortium of organisations, the Contracting Authority reserves the right to require a successful consortium to form a single entity. The Contracting Authority will require the lead partner to be responsible for completing the contract on behalf of the consortium and enter into a contract with the Contracting Authority.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: As stated in the tender documents which can be downloaded at:

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: Bidders must confirm that the circumstances set out in Article 45(1) and 45(2) of Directive 2004/18/EC or or Regulation 23(1) or 23(4) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended) do not apply. Bidders that do not confirm this will be excluded from the competition.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: (1) Bidders are required to have adequate financial standing to perform the services without putting the Authority at risk. The financial ability of bidders will be assessed before their tender is evaluated as follows:
In order for us to carry out this assessment please provide copies of last two year’s audited accounts and annual reports to include:
— Balance Sheet
— Profit and Loss Account and Cost of Sales
— Full notes to the accounts
— Director’s report/auditor’s report
If you are unable to submit the information requested above because your organisation is below the threshold for which audited accounts are required, please submit the following documents instead:
— Balance Sheet
— Profit and Loss Statement
Failure to achieve this minimum requirement and pass the financial assessment shall result in the bidder being excluded from further participation in the tender competition.
(2) Bids that exceed GBP 90,000 (including VAT and expenses) for their costs in Table A of the Schedule of Charges in the ITT (downloadable at procurement_portal.htm) will be excluded from further consideration in the the tender process.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
(1) As a minimum, the bidder must have 3 years relevant experience successfully delivering similar contracts of this type, value and complexity, including experience of:
a) working with a wide range of voluntary and community groups and statutory groups such as schools; and
b) delivering development and support training in the areas mentioned at paragraph 3.5 of Section 3 above and set out below:
— support and guidance to groups of projects with similar training/development needs
— support, training and guidance on financial management
— specialised support training and advice on governance arrangements and operational management including human resources, equalities, sustainability.
— support training and guidance in the area of volunteer recruitment, retention and management
— support training and guidance on social media and website assistance
— signposting to services already provided by other organisations
— support training and guidance on engaging with the hard to reach
— support training and guidance on evaluation methods and provision of project monitoring systems and techniques.
Bidder’s will be required to submit evidence demonstrating this as part of their tender submissions.
(2) As a minimum the bidder must provide evidence that it has a quality management system in place.
(3) As a minimum the bidder must submit a complete tender in accordance with every instruction and requirement set out in the ITT.
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

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

Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

25.2.2013 – 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

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

in days: 60 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of 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

The High Court, The Royal Courts of Justice
WC4A 2LL London
Telephone: +44 207946000

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Contracting Authority will incorporate a standstill period 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. Further information is set out in the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5) as amended.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:14.1.2013