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A study to consider, evaluate and robustly evidence the current and potential use of Gaelic as an asset to the economy and society of the Highlands and Islands and Scotland as a whole.

The Economic and Social Value of Gaelic as an Asset

CONTRACT NOTICE – NATIONAL
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1 Authority Details

1.1

Authority Name and Address


Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Cowan House, Inverness Retail and Business Park,

Inverness

IV2 7GF

UK

Shona MacLellan

+44 1463244323

shona.maclellan@hient.co.uk
www.hie.co.uk

1.2

Address from which documentation may be obtained


Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Cowan House, Inverness Retail and Business Park,

Inverness

IV2 7GF

UK

Shona MacLellan

+44 1463244323

shona.maclellan@hient.co.uk
www.hie.co.uk

1.3

Completed documents must be returned to:


Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Cowan House, Inverness Retail & Business Park,

Inverness

IV2 7GF

UK

Shona MacLellan

+44 1463244323

shona.maclellan@hient.co.uk
www.hie.co.uk

2 Contract Details

2.1

Title

The Economic and Social Value of Gaelic as an Asset

2.2

Description of the goods or services required

Highlands and Islands Enterprise, in partnership with Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Scottish Natural Heritage, Highland Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Argyll and Bute Council and Creative Scotland, wish to commission a study to consider, evaluate and robustly evidence the current and potential use of Gaelic as an asset to the economy and society of the Highlands and Islands and Scotland as a whole. This research will help to shape and inform future public sector activities and investment with regard to Gaelic-related business development, social enterprise support and community development services.

HIE will be the lead partner and liaison with the researchers will be co-ordinated by HIE.

Aim and Objectives

To consider, evaluate and robustly evidence the current and potential use and value of Gaelic as an asset to the economy and society of the Highlands and Islands and to Scotland as a whole. This will be addressed through the following objectives:

Articulate how and where Gaelic is used by businesses and social enterprises within an economic or social context, defining how it enhances cultural, social and economic activity in the Highlands and Islands and across Scotland as a whole.

Undertake a gap analysis of where Gaelic could also potentially be used to add value to an offering or transaction or through product development associated with Gaelic.

Profile organisations using Gaelic to add value to their offering, whether commercial or community, by organisation type, organisation size, sector and geography;

Develop a suite of measurable and suitable indicators to capture the size, scale and impact of Gaelic related activity in the Highlands and Islands and across Scotland as a whole (which can be tracked over time) and quantify, the economic and social impact of Gaelic related activity. Appendix 2 – HIE Measurement Framework, is provided as an indication of how HIE currently measures the impact of its work. This is intended to be an informative resource rather than being prescriptive. Where measurement is not considered achievable, this should be explained, with consideration given to potential solutions to these measurement challenges;

Identify the Gaelic related opportunities in areas of innovation, internationalisation and sectoral development to accelerate economic growth, providing insight into which markets (geographic and sectoral) are likely to be of greatest potential;

Identify the existing Gaelic activities which have scalable market potential, detailing barriers and constraints to growth and suggesting potential solutions;

Make recommendations as to how investment might best be targeted to support businesses, social enterprises and communities to maximise the economic and social impact of Gaelic in the Highlands and Islands and across Scotland as a whole;

Identify and quantify the community use of Gaelic as an asset.

Tender Brief

To obtain the full tender brief please contact Shona MacLellan by emailing shona.maclellan@hient.co.uk.

Questions or further requests for information

All questions or further requests for information should also be directed to Shona MacLellan. Replies to questions or further requests for information will be copied to all parties who have expressed an interest.

Expression of Interest

Please register your Expression of Interest in bidding for this research commission, by emailing shona.maclellan@hient.co.uk, and providing an email address that any tender clarifications should be sent to.

(SC Ref:259086)

2.3

Notice Coding and Classification

159999 other Consultancy

0120 … Highlands and Islands

2.4

Total quantity or scope of tender

The budget available for this research is between £50,000 and £70,000 (maximum) (inclusive of travel and subsistence but excluding VAT).

3 Conditions for Participation

3.1

Minimum standards and qualification required

Consultant Expertise

Successful consultants will need to demonstrate relevant experience of both economic and social impact assessment/measurement together with bringing specialist expertise to enable the specific requirements of this study to be expeditiously achieved.

Measurement and reporting of economic and social impacts should be interlinked where possible and appropriate.

4 Administrative Information

4.1

Type of Procedure

Single stage – Any candidate may submit a tender.

4.2

Reference number attributed to the notice by the contracting authority

130314

4.3

Time Limits

a) Time-limit for obtaining documentation  02-04-2013

b) Time-limit for receipt of completed tenders
08-04-2013  Time  12:00

c) Estimated award date  22-04-2013

4.5

Language or languages in which tenders or requests to participate can be drawn up

EN

4.6

Tender Submission Postbox

5 Other Information

5.1

Additional Information

Project Management

All meetings, presentations and inductions will take place within the Highlands and Islands region. Consultants will be expected to attend monthly meetings with HIE, and up to three project steering group meetings, to ensure that the management and delivery of the service is to agreed performance levels. Consultants will be expected to report on progress against key milestones and discuss planned activity at each meeting. A progress report should be provided one week in advance of all these meetings. The steering group will include representation from partner agencies engaged in the research and relevant HIE staff. Attendance at these meetings from the consultant team, needs to include senior staff responsible for project direction and delivery.

The projects partners, individually and collectively, can provide access to a range of potential data sources (including sampling frames) as well as comprehensive knowledge and insights into Gaelic-related activity within the Highlands and Islands and across Scotland as a whole.

Expression of Interest

Please register your Expression of Interest in bidding for this research commission, by emailing shona.maclellan@hient.co.uk, and providing an email address that any tender clarifications should be sent to.

(SC Ref:259086)

5.2

Additional Documentation

5.3

Publication date of this notice

18-03-2013

 

Requirement: Language Research