ITI Company and Graduate Recruitment Services

ITI Company and Graduate Recruitment Services in connection with Acumen Programme

The programme aims to create cross-border business development and growth for participating companies through four main supports: 1) Sales Support Graduate 2) Full Time Sales Support 3) Part Time Sales Support 4) Consultancy Support – Market Research.UK-Belfast: Business and management consultancy and related services

2013/S 087-148438

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Department of Finance and Personnel Northern Ireland
Clare House, 303 Airport Road West
For the attention of: Tony Harvey
BT3 9ED Belfast
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2890816412
E-mail: tony.harvey@dfpni.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.dfpni.gov.uk/cpd

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

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity

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

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

Section II: Object of the contract

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

ITI Company and Graduate Recruitment Services in connection with Acumen 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: Northern Ireland / Republic of Ireland
NUTS code UKN

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 InterTradeIreland Acumen programme aims to assist SMEs in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to overcome barriers and develop new cross-border business. The programme makes a significant contribution to building the capability and capacity of SME’s to take the first formal steps onto the export ladder. The programme aims to create cross-border business development and growth for participating companies through four main supports: 1) Sales Support Graduate 2) Full Time Sales Support 3) Part Time Sales Support 4) Consultancy Support – Market Research The InterTradeIreland Acumen Programme seeks to provide participating companies with the market knowledge and practical support required to successfully break into and develop sales in the cross-border market. Individuals, organisations or consortia that can demonstrate the necessary complement of skills and experience are invited to tender for the provision of services which shall include the recruitment, delivery, mentoring and monitoring of suitable companies and the management and facilitation of recruitment of graduates to participate on the InterTradeIreland Acumen Programme. The model proposed for the delivery of this phase of the Acumen programme is significantly different to previous phases. InterTradeIreland has a much more increased role with a dedicated team having responsibility for the management of projects and day to day administration. The services required from a Contractor will only include the recruitment, delivery, mentoring and monitoring of suitable companies and the management and facilitation of recruitment of graduates to participate on the programme. This programme will therefore require the successful contractor to work closely with InterTradeIreland and the internal Acumen team as they will work in conjunction on delivery.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000, 79600000

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:

Sales Support – Graduate
The support offers companies a combined approach to achieve sales in the other jurisdiction and the opportunity to develop a strategic export marketing strategy by employing a graduate within their business. Support will take the form of 50% grant support to participating companies up to a maximum of £13,750 or Euro equivalent. In addition to the companies receiving financial support, they are assisted with the recruitment of the graduate through the advertisement of posts on the InterTradeIreland graduate website www.footinthedoor.info. Graduates who participate on the programme also undertake a Postgraduate Diploma in Sales and Marketing funded by InterTradeIreland.

Full Time Sales Support
This option offers financial support to individual SMEs who have identified a clear market opportunity which they wish to target and for which they require an experienced salesperson. This takes the form of 50% grant of up to £15,000 or Euro equivalent towards the first year’s salary.
Part Time Sales Support
This option suits those companies which have identified an opportunity within the cross border market that does not require full time sales resource but which they require assistance to target. The funding provides critical support while the market opportunity is being explored and developed. This takes the form of 50% grant to participating companies up to a maximum grant of £8,000 or euro equivalent.
Consultancy Support – Market Research
This option offers the provision of carefully targeted market research and practical Consultancy support. This takes the form of a grant to participating companies up to a maximum grant of £4,000 or euro equivalent. Companies also make a financial contribution to the programme.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 0 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: 72 (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:

As detailed in Tender documents which can be accessed at the following URL location; www.e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml

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

As detailed in Tender documents which can be accessed at the following URL location; www.e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml

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

As detailed in Tender documents which can be accessed at the following URL location; www.e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: As detailed in Tender documents which can be accessed at the following URL location; www.e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml

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: As detailed in Tender documents which can be accessed at the following URL location; www.e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As detailed in Tender documents which can be accessed at the following URL location; www.e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: As detailed in Tender documents which can be accessed at the following URL location; www.e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As detailed in Tender documents which can be accessed at the following URL location; www.e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
As detailed in Tender documents which can be accessed at the following URL location; www.e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml

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

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:

Project 11578
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2013/S 25-038575 of 5.2.2013

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 31.5.2013 – 15:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

31.5.2013 – 15:00
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: 90 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 31.5.2013 – 15:00
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

Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender~: 1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once): https://e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register – Accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’ – Enter your correct business and user details – Note the username you chose and click ‘Save’ when complete – You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure) 2. Express an Interest in the tender – Login to the portal with the username/password – Click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier) – Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content. – Click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page. – This will move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only) -You can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box 3. Responding to the tender – Click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining) – You can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification – Note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT – There may be a mixture of online & offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available) You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: CPD will incorporate a standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of 10 calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into
The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5)/ Utilities Contracts
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VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:1.5.2013