Growth Service for Businesses in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Growth Service for Businesses in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

This procurement is to appoint an organisation to administer – a capital Growth Investment Fund of grants and equity investments, as well as an innovation and relocation grant.

United Kingdom-Huntingdon: Financial and insurance services

2020/S 072-173477

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Business Growth Company
Postal address: Incubator 2, Alconbury Weald Enterprise Estate
Town: Huntingdon
NUTS code: UKH1
Postal code: PE28 4WX
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Ms Heidi Parker
Telephone: +44 7718664779
Internet address(es):Main address:

I.2)Information about joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

Economic and financial affairs

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Growth Service for Businesses in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Reference number: DN461936

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

This procurement is to establish a Growth service that through a prime contractor/consortia arrangement provides the following:

• an inclusive coaching service to support resilience and growth,

• an inward investment scheme,

• a skills service,

• a grants and equity investment administrative service.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 80 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)


II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKH1

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

This procurement is to appoint an organisation to administer — a capital Growth Investment Fund of grants and equity investments, as well as an innovation and relocation grant.

The contract is to appoint a single company or prime contractor/consortia type arrangement to support the CPCA in delivering the local industrial strategy by way of four specific areas of growth.

These include:

• an inclusive growth service:

To engage our highest potential growth firms to better support them to accelerate their growth, increase their capacity and capability for growth, sustain their period within growth, or all three.

• an inward investment service:

To extend our reach into key global markets, to engage and persuade overseas firms to locate into our economy or invest in our strategic projects to increase our employment space, develop our transport infrastructure or establish a new university.

• a skills service:

To provide an effective brokerage between young talent and those retraining or progressing in a career, our employers and our skills providers, to improve the supply of skills to enable growth.

• a capital growth or innovation and relocation grant:

To co-invest with small firms in the cost of contracting experts to help either through GBP 50 000 grants or equity investments:

— to provide access to R&D funding from UK and EU agencies for new product growth and increased productivity;

— to provide access to fast-track planning, partners and investment for new build employment space.

These service will be delivered in each of our three subeconomies in a tailored manner to better spread growth more evenly across our total economy.

Changes since the previous notice

The CPCA is procuring this contract as agent for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Business Growth Company (CPBGC) which is a wholly own subsidiary of the CPCA established for the sole purpose of delivering this contract. The CPCA is in the process of incorporating the CPBGC. The contract will be entered into by the successful bidder and the CPBGC. The CPCA will provide ad-hoc support to the CPBGC during the procurement process and during the term of the contract.

Also, a new requirement for FCA Authorisation has been added into the SSQ stage.

In addition, the procurement timescales have been extended to address the current commercial challenges surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Finally, we are inviting bidders to consider in their response how they will tailor the delivery of those services (as set out in the existing specification) to take into account the current economic situation and any future, unknown business challenges the local businesses may face in the future caused by the pandemic. Further information is set out in the adaptability and future agility document.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

This contract is for an initial 3-year period with the option to extend by two separate 1-year periods at the client’s sole discretion.

The contract opportunity also include the opportunity to utilise/distribute any other relevant funding that the CPCA may secure as it may become available such that the potential range of spend and duration is GBP 20 000 000 up to GBP 80 000 000 over a potential 5-year period.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged number of candidates: 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

The shortlisted candidates will be selected based on their (and their subconsultants) previous experience of delivering similar contracts previously.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: yes

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Identification of the project:

The Sills Talent Apprenticeship and Recruitment (STAR) hub, Growth Coaching Services, Inward Investment Services.

II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Competitive procedure with negotiation
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated

IV.1.5)Information about negotiation

The contracting authority reserves the right to award the contract on the basis of the initial tenders without conducting negotiations
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2020/S 032-076457

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 07/05/2020
Local time: 12:00

IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

Date: 14/05/2020

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:


IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: High Court
Town: London
Postal code: WC2A 2LL
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: