Equality and Diversity Advisor Service for Welsh Government

Equality and Diversity Advisor Service for Welsh Government

The Welsh Ministers are inviting tenders, in line with this specification, to deliver an Equality and Diversity advisor service from commencement of contract to the 31.122014, with the option to extend the contract by up to one year, subject to review.

UK-Pontypridd: Research and development services and related consultancy services

2013/S 113-193209

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

The Welsh Ministers
Economy, Science and Transport Department, Entrepreneurship and Business Information team, QED Centre, Rhondda Cynon Taf
CF37 5YR Pontypridd
UNITED KINGDOM

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity

General public services
Public order and safety
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

Section II: Object of the contract

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

Equality, Diversity, Inclusion Advisors.
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: To be delivered Pan Wales at locations stipulated by the supplier.
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 inviting tenders, in line with this specification, to deliver an Equality and Diversity advisor service from commencement of contract to the 31.122014, with the option to extend the contract by up to one year, subject to review.
The Welsh Assembly Government, on behalf of the Welsh Ministers, will be conducting this procurement exercise through the etenderwales portal https://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: 0800 368 4850/ Fax: 020 7060 0480

Full information in accessing the portal is found in Section VI.3).
Community Benefits do not apply to this contract.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73000000

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:

The Welsh Government vision for economic renewal is of a Welsh economy built upon the strengths and skills of its people and natural environment; recognised at home and abroad as confident, creative and ambitious; a great place to live and work.
The Welsh Government’s policy for economic development is aimed at improving skills, infrastructure and the wider economic conditions for businesses in Wales.
This approach will create the right environment to encourage entrepreneurship allowing the private sector to flourish rather than directly deliver support to individual businesses.
Our approach is organised by five priorities:
— Investing in high-quality and sustainable infrastructure,
— Making Wales a more attractive place to do business,
— Broadening and deepening the skills base,
— Encouraging innovation,
— Targeting the business support we offer.
Within the range of activities that this service will cover are a number of strands of the Economy, Science and Transport Department and include: Entrepreneurship and Business information. It is envisaged that most activity will be within the Business Start Up service, with in the region of 100 days support required per year.
One of the priorities for delivering economic renewal is to target the business support we offer, and a commitment was made to refocus the start up service to:
— support self employment especially to address the problems of participation
The current contracts for the business Start up service were launched in February 2012 with the aim of working towards increasing the number and survivability of business start ups in Wales, particularly high value businesses that will contribute to the growth in VAT stock. The whole service is underpinned by a strong inclusion approach designed to maximise equality and accessibility and overcome barriers to participating in business start up activity experienced by some clients.
The Start Up Service comprises of two main elements: providing support to individuals seeking to start a new business either working for themselves (self employed) or starting a business with growth potential. An additional strand is being tested in providing specialist support for businesses that have high potential growth.
Providers are expected to deliver a service that is inclusive to all and takes into account the needs of all clients and client groups by ensuring that issues of participation, to reduce economic inactivity, are addressed.
The service is delivered via six regional contracts (lots) that deliver:
— Early Stage Intervention – taster sessions and networking,
— Pre Start up support – workshops, self employment advice surgeries and 1 to 1 support,
— Post start support for self employed clients,
— Post start support growth workshops,
— Graduate start up support,
— High Potential Starts.
The general start up service is delivered through a network of six providers across Wales; five of whom operate on a consortium basis. The HPS service is delivered through a network of four providers
Welsh Government is looking to appoint an Advisor to support our contracted Start up Service Providers. and may be asked to provide support on a broader basis across Enterprise, Business and Innovation This contract aims to widen participation throughout our contracted business services to ensure engagement with Welsh Government target groups including hard to reach demographic groups.
Provision of this service should be provided by one provider on a pan Wales basis.
The Welsh Government, on behalf of the Welsh Ministers, will be conducting this procurement exercise through the etenderwales portal https://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: 0800 368 4850 / Fax: 020 7060 0480

Full information in accessing the portal is found in Section VI.3).

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: 15 with an option to extend by a further 12 (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 invitation to tender documents.
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 invitation to tender documents.
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 invitation to tender documents.
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:

C223/2013/2014.
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
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

23.7.2013 – 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
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
VI.3)Additional information

The Client reserves the right to extend the contract by an additional 12 months.
e-Tender information:
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 Username 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 Username 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 Helpdesk 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 Helpdesk to gain access to the Platform.
— Tenders must be uploaded to the BravoSolution portal by 2pm
How to find the itt:
— Once logged in you must click on ‘ITT’s Open to all Suppliers’.
— The etender references for this contract are: Project_25612 and ITT_39036.
— Click on the title to access summary details of the contract. If you are still interested in submitting a tender, click the ‘Express an Interest button’. This will move the ITT from the ‘Open to all Suppliers’ area to the ‘My ITTs’ on the home page.
— You will then see the full details of the ITT in the qualification and technical envelopes along with any relevant documents in the ‘Attachments’ area.
— Should you have any questions on the ITT, please use the ‘Messages’ area to contact the buyer directly – Please do not contact the named person at the top of this notice.
Buy4Wales Reference Number: 35406

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:

11.6.2013