Lanarkshire Business Gateway Services – Market Engagement

Lanarkshire Business Gateway Services – Market Engagement

To gauge market interest and gather information to inform the procurement strategy and contract packaging for the delivery of Lanarkshire Business Gateway Services.

United Kingdom-Motherwell: Business and management consultancy and related services

2020/S 098-236130

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: North Lanarkshire Council
Postal address: Civic Centre, Windmillhill Street
Town: Motherwell
NUTS code: UKM84
Postal code: ML1 1AB
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Euan Walker

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: South Lanarkshire Council
Postal address: Council Headquarters, Almada Street
Town: Hamilton
NUTS code: UKM95
Postal code: ML3 0AA
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: address(es):Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.2)Information about joint procurement

The contract involves joint procurement


Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Lanarkshire Business Gateway Services

Reference number: NLC-CPT-20-030

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The purpose of the Prior Information Notice (PIN) is to support North Lanarkshire Council as lead local authority in collaboration with South Lanarkshire Council (referred to as the ‘Councils’) to gauge market interest and gather information to inform the procurement strategy and contract packaging for the delivery of Lanarkshire Business Gateway Services.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 7 600 000.00 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: UKM84
NUTS code: UKM95

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Business Gateway is a publically funded local Government service that provides free business support and impartial advice for start-up and existing businesses based Scotland. Local authorities are responsible for the delivery of the Business Gateway Service. For Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire Council manage the delivery across North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire.

For Lanarkshire the service has been delivered by a 3rd party provider since 2007. The current contract is due to expire in February 2021. The service provider from the first of March 2021 shall deliver business Support across Lanarkshire. The service delivers business start-up support, business growth advisory support, workshops, events and surgeries to both start up and existing businesses.

II.2.14)Additional information

II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:


Section IV: Procedure


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

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

Interested service providers are invited to complete and return a questionnaire that will be used as a mechanism to inform decision on how to shape various factors within the potential tender opportunity.

Interested service providers should contact Siobhan Quinn, Enterprise Development Officer by emailing no later than Tuesday 2 June 2020 to obtain a copy of the questionnaire. The deadline for return of Questionnaires is 5 p.m., Friday 5 June 2020 and these should be returned by email as instructed.

This market engagement exercise (including information contained within questionnaire response) does not form part of a formal procurement process and will not impact on the evaluation of any future tender opportunity undertaken.

Interested parties should also be aware that funding for the Lanarkshire Business Gateway Services requirements is subject to the European Regional Development Fund until March 2023.

Note: to register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at

(SC Ref:621017)

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: