Business Wales Accelerated Growth Programme

Business Wales Accelerated Growth Programme

The Welsh Ministers are seeking to engage with a quality organisation(s) to deliver accelerated growth support to start-up businesses and Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) (typically trading up to 7 years) that have high growth aspirations and potential.

 

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

2014/S 181-319633

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Welsh Government
Corporate Procurement (Procurement), CP2 Cathays Park
For the attention of: Arwel Williams
CF10 3NQ Cardiff
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2920826731

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://wales.gov.uk/?skip=1&lang=en

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.sell2wales.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA0007

Electronic access to information: www.etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: www.etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk

Further information can be obtained from: Welsh Government
Corporate Procurement (Procurement), CP2 Cathays Park
CF10 3NQ Cardiff
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2920826731
Internet address: http://wales.gov.uk/?skip=1&lang=en

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Welsh Government
Corporate Procurement (Procurement), CP2 Cathays Park
CF10 3NQ Cardiff
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2920826731
Internet address: http://wales.gov.uk/?skip=1&lang=en

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Welsh Government
Corporate Procurement (Procurement), CP2 Cathays Park
CF10 3NQ Cardiff
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2920826731
Internet address: http://wales.gov.uk/?skip=1&lang=en

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.3)Main activity

General public services
Environment
Economic and financial affairs
Health
Housing and community amenities
Social protection
Recreation, culture and religion
Education

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)Description

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

Business Wales Accelerated Growth 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
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Wales.

NUTS code UKL

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 Welsh Ministers are seeking to engage with a quality organisation(s) to deliver accelerated growth support to start-up businesses and Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) (typically trading up to 7 years) that have high growth aspirations and potential.
It is essential that the successful supplier delivers accelerated growth support as an integrated part of the wider package of support on offer to SMEs and Entrepreneurs. Accelerated growth support will align to mainstream business support provision but will operate within a smaller and more segmented market place delivering bespoke support. It is important that the client journey is clear and that opportunity is open to all businesses meeting the eligibility criteria. Prospective Accelerated Growth clients should be both proactively sought from within the wider business support network and via suppliers’ networks.
One contract is available to deliver high growth support pan Wales.
The programme will support a minimum of 1 000 high growth SMEs/start ups over the duration of the contract (up to December 2020). It is anticipated that 25-30 % of these businesses will be at pre-start stage with the remaining being post start Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs). The outputs highlighted in the tender should be viewed as a minimum and tenderers will be required to demonstrate and evidence how they can maximize private sector investment to increase the number of pre and post start SMEs supported on the programme.
Please note that Welsh Government is seeking to secure funding from the ERDF Operational Programme for West Wales and the Valleys and the ERDF Operational Programme for East Wales to deliver the Business Wales Accelerated Growth programme. This funding has not yet been secured but it is anticipated that confirmation of funding, or otherwise, will be known by December 2014. In the event of the funding not being secured, the Welsh Government is committed to funding the first year of the contract after which the break clause may be invoked and the contract terminated.
Note: The authority is using eTenderwales to carry out this procurement process. Please note this is a separate website and if you are not already registered, registration will be required.

To access eTenderwales, express your interest in this notice and access the tender documentation please visithttps://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml and search for PQQ/ITT code pqq_31604 within the appropriate area.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79000000, 79900000, 79411100, 79400000

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: 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:

Anticipated duration for the contract is from February 2015 until 31.12.2020 with a break clause after the first 12 months. There may be an option to extend for a further 12 months.
The value range below is wide since it is difficult to determine the level of private sector investment that bidders will be able to lever.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 14 000 000 and 20 000 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: Option to invoke the break clause after the first 12 months. There may be an option to extend the contract by a further 12 months beyond the 31.12.2020 contract end date.

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: 70 (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:

The awarding authority reserves the right to request parent company and/or other guarantees of performance and financial liability.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Payment terms will be indicated in the contract documents. Tenders to be priced in Sterling. Payment to be made in Sterling only.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

No special legal form required but joint and several liability to be assumed by all group bidders before acceptance.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
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: Details to be provided will be listed in the pre-qualification questionnaire.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Details to be provided will be listed in the pre-qualification questionnaire.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Details to be provided will be listed in the technical questionnaire.
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

Restricted

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged number of operators: 5

Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: As stated in the project on https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk

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:

C36/2014/2015

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2014/S 115-202773 of 18.6.2014

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

20.10.2014 – 14:00

IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

3.11.2014

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.
Other: Welsh.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the 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

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): Welsh Government is seeking to secure funding from the ERDF Operational Programme for West Wales & the Valleys and the ERDF Operational Programme for East Wales to deliver the Business Wales Accelerated Growth programme. This funding has not yet been secured but it is anticipated that confirmation of funding, or otherwise, will be known by December 2014. In the event of the funding not being secured, the Welsh Government is committed to funding the 1st year of the contract after which the break clause may be invoked and the contract terminated.

VI.3)Additional information

You may find it helpful to contact your regional Business Wales centre to seek general advice and guidance if you are considering tendering for this and future public sector contracts. Potential bidders in Wales can access services at:

http://business.wales.gov.uk/growing-business/welsh-government-support-1/supplier-development-service-0

The Welsh Government, on behalf of the Welsh Ministers, will be conducting this procurement exercise through the etenderwales portalhttps://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk Tender documents and other information must be downloaded from and returned through this portal. If you require any further assistance, the BravoSolution helpdesk is available on:

Email: help@bravosolution.co.uk Phone: +44 800368 850/Fax: +44 2070600480

E-tender information:

— Go to https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk

—The first person from your Organisation to use the Platform will be required to register on behalf of the Organisation.
— Registration involves accepting a User Agreement, and providing basic information about your Organisation and about the User performing the Registration.
— The User who performs the Registration becomes the Super User for the Organisation.
— On registering on the Platform the Super User will select a user-name and will receive a password.
— The Password will be sent by e-mail to the email address that was specified in the User Details section of the Registration page.
— In order to log-in to the Platform please enter your user-name and Password.
— Note: If you forget your Password then visit the homepage and click ‘Forgot your password?’
— Registration should only be performed once for each Organisation.
— If you think that someone in your Organisation may have already registered on this Platform then you must not register again.
— Please contact the person who Registered (i.e. the Super User) in order to arrange access to the Platform.
— Contact the Help-desk immediately if you are unable to contact the Super User (for example if they have left your Organisation).
— Note: If your Organisation is already registered on the Platform then you must not make any additional registration. Please contact the Help-desk to gain access to the Platform.
— PQQs must be uploaded to the BravoSolution portal by 14:00 on the deadline date.
How to find the PQQ:
— Once logged in you must click on ‘PQQs Open to all Suppliers’
— The etender references for this contract are: Project_28715 and PQQ_31604
— Click on the title to access summary details of the contract. If you are still interested in expressing an interest, click the ‘Express an Interest button’. This will move the PQQ from the ‘Open to all Suppliers’ area to the ‘My PQQ’s’ on the home page.
— You will then see the full details of the PQQ in the qualification and technical envelopes along with any relevant documents in the ‘Attachments’ area.
— Should you have any questions on the PQQ, please use the ‘Messages’ area to contact the buyer directly — Please do not contact the named person at the top of this notice.
(WA Ref:14591)
Under the terms of this contract the successful supplier(s) will be required to deliver Community Benefits in support of the authority’s economic and social objectives. Accordingly, contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social and environmental considerations. The Community Benefits included in this contract are:
Training and employment opportunities.

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:

16.9.2014