Business Development Services

Business Development Services

Locate in Kent is seeking to appoint suitably qualified organisation(s)/person(s) (the representative) to represent its interests in the target markets of North America and northern Europe, focusing on France and Germany.

UK-West Malling: Business services: law, marketing, consulting, recruitment, printing and security

2013/S 063-105919

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Locate in Kent
35 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill
For the attention of: Ian Day
ME19 4AX West Malling
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: ian.day@kent.gov.uk

Further information can be obtained from: South East Business Portal
Internet address: www.businessportal.southeastiep.gov.uk

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: South East Business Portal
Internet address: www.businessportal.southeastiep.gov.uk

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: South East Business Portal
Internet address: www.businessportal.southeastiep.gov.uk

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Other: Non-profit making Investment Promotion Agency
I.3)Main activity

Economic and financial affairs
Other: Econmic and Social Affairs
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

Section II: Object of the contract

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

New Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Business Development and Lead Generation – Y13085.
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
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Kent.
NUTS code UKJ4

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)

Locate in Kent is seeking to appoint suitably qualified organisation(s)/person(s) (the representative) to represent its interests in the target markets of North America and northern Europe, focusing on France and Germany. The aim is to attract inward investment to Kent from these countries.
The Agreement will be divided in to 3 distinct LOTS:
— LOT 1: North American market. (The maximum annual value of this lot is GBP 80 000 which will include all taxes and expenses)
— LOT 2: France. (The maximum annual value of this lot is GBP 25 000 which will include all taxes and expenses)
— LOT 3: Germany. (The maximum annual value of this lot is GBP 30 000 which will include all taxes and expenses)
Tenderers are invited to submit a proposal for one or more Lots. Tenderers may submit a combined LOT proposal that will be scored on, e.g. combining Lots 2 and 3. Combined submissions will be evaluated on their ability to meet the need in full and will attract a score equal to sum of the individual Lots. E.g. if submitting a combined solution for Lots 2 and 3 the total available score will be 2000.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79000000

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

3 year busines development contract.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 250 000,00 and 350 000,00 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

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

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: North America

1)Short description

Locate in Kent is seeking to appoint suitably qualified organisation(s)/person(s) (the representative) to represent its interests in the target markets of North America. The aim is to attract inward investment to Kent from these countries.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79000000

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: France

1)Short description

Locate in Kent is seeking to appoint suitably qualified organisation(s)/person(s) (the representative) to represent its interests in the target markets France. The aim is to attract inward investment to Kent from these countries.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79000000

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: Germany

1)Short description

Locate in Kent is seeking to appoint suitably qualified organisation(s)/person(s) (the representative) to represent its interests in the target markets of Germany. The aim is to attract inward investment to Kent from these countries.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79000000

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:
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

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Any supplier may be disqualified who:
(a) is bankrupt or is being wound up, where his affairs are being administered by the court, where he has entered into an arrangement with creditors, where he has suspended business activities or is in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure under national laws and regulations;
(b) is the subject of proceedings for a declaration of bankruptcy, for an order compulsory winding up the administration by the court or of an arrangement with creditors or of any other similar proceedings under national laws and regulations;
(c) has been convicted by a judgment which has the force of res judicata in accordance with the legal provisions of the country of any offence concerning his professional conduct;
(d) has been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means which the contract authorities can demonstrate;
(e) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or with those of the country of the contracting authority;
(f) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or with those of the country of the contracting authority;
(g) is guilty of serious misrepresentation in supplying the information required under this Section or has not supplied such information;
(h) has been the subject of a conviction for participation in a criminal organization, as defined in Article 2(1) of Council Joint Action 98/733/JHA;
(i) has been the subject of a conviction for corruption, as defined in Article 3 of the Council Act of 26 May 1972 and Article 3(1) of Council Joint Action 98/742/JHA3 respectively;
(j)has been the subject of a conviction for fraud within the meaning of Article 1 of the Convention relating to the protection of the financial interests of the European Communities;
(k) has been the subject of a conviction for money laundering, as defined in Article 1 of Council Directive 91/308/EEC of 10 June 1991 on prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
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:

Y13085
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

15.5.2013 – 14:00
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: 120 (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
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information

Locate in Kent (LiK) was established in 1996 and is the main point of contact in Kent and Medway for companies considering moving to the County. Its main aim is to attract new investment which in turn creates new jobs across the whole of the County. Since it was formed it has helped more than 800 companies invest in Kent.
LiK is a not for profit, company limited by guarantee. Its services to investors are free.
This opportunity will be completed electronically via ProContract, a site run by Due North. Interested organisations should go to www.businessportal.southeastiep.gov.uk to register and express interest. Once you have successfully expressed interest via the portal you will be sent an email directing you to the ProContract site from which you will be able to access and download the invitation to tender documentation and any other relevant information. This email should be retained, as it will contain your direct link to the ProContract portal, for information purposes only the link is www.businessportal.southeastiep.gov.uk/procontract/supplier.nsf Do not use this link now.

Tenderers should also note that final submissions must be made via ProContract, no other submission route is permitted. Failure to follow this path will result in the tender submission being disregarded.
The closing date for submission of full and final tenders is 14:00 noon on 15.5.2013. Tenders submitted after this date will not be accepted.
Any questions or clarifications must be submitted through the ProContract portal no later than 7.5.2013. The Contracting Authority will endeavor to answer all questions and clarification requests prior to the submission date, however those received after the 7.5.2013 will not be answered.
All documents pertaining to this opportunity will be available for download via the procontract portal from the outset. Please ensure you are able to download all files immediately after accessing the ProContract portal.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:28.3.2013

Requirement: Business Development Services