Evalusation of Smart Programme

Evalusation of Smart Programme

Managed by the Technology Strategy Board, the Smart programme addresses the funding gap experienced by many small, early-stage and other SME companies with innovative ideas.

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

2014/S 135-242846

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

UK Shared Business Services LTD
North Star Avenue
For the attention of: Hayley Davies
SN2 1FF Swindon
E-mail: hayley.davies@uksbs.co.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.uksbs.ac.uk

Address of the buyer profile: www.uksbs.ac.uk

Further information can be obtained from: UK Shared Business Services Ltd
North Star Avenue
Contact point(s): +44 7747455524
For the attention of: Hayley Davies
SN2 1FF Swindon

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: n/a

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: Evaluation business review

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

see tender docsN


Section II: Object of the contract


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

Evaluation of Smart – Technology Strategy Board PS140160.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 27: Other services

NUTS code UK

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)

Evaluation of Smart.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


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:

Managed by the Technology Strategy Board, the Smart programme addresses the funding gap experienced by many small, early-stage and other SME companies with innovative ideas.
Smart offers co-funding to UK-based pre-start-ups, start-ups, micro businesses and other SMEs, to carry out science, engineering and technology R&D projects from which successful new products, processes and services could emerge, thereby contributing to the economy as well as stimulating the creation of wealth and jobs within the UK.
The scheme helps companies assess potential markets, prove concepts and develop prototypes. By reducing financial risk, it aims to encourage SME investment, increase innovation capability, accelerate the commercialisation of new products and services, and contribute to economic growth.
Smart is competition-based, ‘always open’, and is not restricted to projects in certain themes or sectors. It offers funding to single, UK-based, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that have high growth ambition and potential, to engage in R&D projects.
The evaluation will comprise of three main elements.
1. A retrospective impact evaluation of Smart covering the period since the TSB took over delivery of the programme in April 2011. This element is to be completed by November 2014.
2. A fuller evaluation of the impact of Smart projects to run over a 3 year period.
3. A process evaluation, focusing on the elements set out in section 2.3.
Please see tender docs for more information.

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:

See tender documents.

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

See tender documents.
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

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
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

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

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
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

22.8.2014 – 10:00

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

Any EU official language
Other: English.

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

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 25.8.2014 – 10:00
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

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 Procurement Policy Manager
North Star House
SN2 1FF Swindon
E-mail: procurementpolicy@ssc.rcuk.ac.uk

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: VI.4.3) Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice (dd/mm/yyyy)
Internet address
The Public Contracts (Amendment) Regulations 2009 also clarify that a letter received from an unsuccessful bidder is not in itself enough to extend the legal standstill period and prevent the authority signing the contract. To do so, a bidder must actually go to court, issue proceedings, and serve them. If an appeal regarding the award of the contract has not successfully resolved the Public Contract Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5) as amended by The Public Contract (Amendment) Regulations 2009, provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by breach of the rules to take action in the high court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). The new limitation period will apply specifically where a bidder brings and “ineffectiveness” claim. There is a 6 month long-stop period that will be shortened to 30 days where the authority has published an award notice, or where they have notified the losing bidders of their exclusion, and given proper reasons.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: