Market Advisers Required for Invest Northern Ireland

Market Advisers Required for Invest Northern Ireland

Invest NI – Provision of In Market Advisers in Italy, Spain, France and Germany.

United Kingdom-Belfast: Marketing services

2014/S 060-101344

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment – Invest Northern Ireland
Bedford Square, Bedford Street
For the attention of: Louise Jamison
BT2 7ES Belfast
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2890816346
E-mail: louise.jamison@dfpni.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.detini.gov.uk www.investni.com
Address of the buyer profile: https://e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml

Electronic access to information: https://e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml

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

Body governed by public law
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: no

Section II: Object of the contract

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

Invest NI – Provision of In Market Advisers in Italy, Spain, France and Germany.
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: Italy, Spain, France and Germany (inc Austria/Switzerland).
NUTS code IT,DE,ES,FR

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)

Invest NI wishes to compile a list of suitable Contractor(s) to provide export in-market services (primarily business development support but including market intelligence/research) to those food companies through Invest NI’s Trade Division. At present Pay as You Go Trade Advisory Services (TAS) resources are focused on emerging markets in Europe with only a limited/non food specialist resource available through the Dusseldorf office.
This contract will be divided into four separate Lots and tenderers may bid for either Lot one, Lot two, Lot three or all four Lots. Each Lot will be evaluated independently of one another, with the result that there will be four separate contracts awarded to the Most Economically Advantageous Tender.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79342000, 79342200

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: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots
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:

This contract will be divided into four separate Lots; Lot 1 Italy, Lot 2 Spain, Lot 3 France and Lot 4 Germany (inc Austria/Switzerland).
Estimated value excluding VAT: 360 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Italy

1)Short description
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79342000, 79342200

3)Quantity or scope

Invest NI wishes to compile a list of suitable Contractor(s) to provide export in-market services (primarily business development support but including market intelligence/research) to those food companies through Invest NI’s Trade Division. At present Pay as You Go Trade Advisory Services (TAS) resources are focused on emerging markets in Europe with only a limited/non food specialist resource available through the Dusseldorf office.
This contract will be divided into four separate Lots and tenderers may bid for either Lot one, Lot two, Lot three or all four Lots. Each Lot will be evaluated independently of one another, with the result that there will be four separate contracts awarded to the Most Economically Advantageous Tender.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

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 and 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.

Lot No: 2 Lot title: Spain

1)Short description

Invest NI wishes to compile a list of suitable Contractor(s) to provide export in-market services (primarily business development support but including market intelligence/research) to those food companies through Invest NI’s Trade Division. At present Pay as You Go Trade Advisory Services (TAS) resources are focused on emerging markets in Europe with only a limited/non food specialist resource available through the Dusseldorf office.
This contract will be divided into four separate Lots and tenderers may bid for either Lot one, Lot two, Lot three or all four Lots. Each Lot will be evaluated independently of one another, with the result that there will be four separate contracts awarded to the Most Economically Advantageous Tender.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79342000, 79342200

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

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 and 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.

Lot No: 3 Lot title: France

1)Short description

Invest NI wishes to compile a list of suitable Contractor(s) to provide export in-market services (primarily business development support but including market intelligence/research) to those food companies through Invest NI’s Trade Division. At present Pay as You Go Trade Advisory Services (TAS) resources are focused on emerging markets in Europe with only a limited/non food specialist resource available through the Dusseldorf office.
This contract will be divided into four separate Lots and tenderers may bid for either Lot one, Lot two, Lot three or all four Lots. Each Lot will be evaluated independently of one another, with the result that there will be four separate contracts awarded to the Most Economically Advantageous Tender.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79342000, 79342200

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

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 and 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.

Lot No: 4 Lot title: Germany (inc Austria/Switzerland)

1)Short description

Invest NI wishes to compile a list of suitable Contractor(s) to provide export in-market services (primarily business development support but including market intelligence/research) to those food companies through Invest NI’s Trade Division. At present Pay as You Go Trade Advisory Services (TAS) resources are focused on emerging markets in Europe with only a limited/non food specialist resource available through the Dusseldorf office.
This contract will be divided into four separate Lots and tenderers may bid for either Lot one, Lot two, Lot three or all four Lots. Each Lot will be evaluated independently of one another, with the result that there will be four separate contracts awarded to the Most Economically Advantageous Tender.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79342000, 79342200

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

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 and 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.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

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

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

N/A
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

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As per the tender documents.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As per the tender documents.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: As per the tender documents.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As per the tender documents.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
[SC1] Tenderers must nominate key personnel (In Market Advisor) in respect of each geographic region they are tendering for. (i.e. one lead In Market Adviser per region.)
Tenderers must confirm that the key personnel delivering a project under this contract can communicate at a business level in writing and orally in English and the language of the Region or Regions they are tendering for.
The nominated key personnel must be those person(s) who will be directly responsible for the delivering the services under the terms of this contract.
[SC2] Tenderers must provide a minimum of two case study examples, for the nominated key personnel which demonstrates their experience of the following:
Working with SME’s providing structured support in terms of export market research;
— Export market entry advice;
— Company appointment setting;
— Management and delivery of outward/inward group visits and practical advice; and
— Guidance to companies exporting outside ROI and GB.
[SC3] Tenderers must provide a minimum of one case study example, for the nominated key personnel which demonstrates their experience of the following:
— Working with UK or Irish Economic or Trade Development Agencies on export related projects within the Region being tendered for.
[SC4] Tenderers must provide a minimum of one case study example, for the nominated key personnel which demonstrates their experience of the following:
— An export project with specific challenges that had to be overcome to deliver the project on time and within budget. The example must detail the specific export challenge and the solution developed to affect the delivery of the project.
Notes for tenderers: Each case study example provided must demonstrate experience within the last 3 years. Tenderers should note that ‘within the last 3 years’ refers to within 3 years from the closing date of this tender competition.
Each case study example must include the following:-
— Project title;
— Project objectives and detail of the export project undertaken;
— The nominated key personnel role and responsibility within the project;
—Outputs/Outcomes (This is defined as the number of new orders obtained and sales value) of the project;
— Relevance of the example to Invest NI’s service requirement;
— Start and finish dates of the project;
— Numbers of days allocated to the project; and
— Project budget.
Where project examples relate to a group activity the example should include the number of companies involved and if the project was a single or multi sector project.
Each example case study must be completed on the attached “Appendix 1 Qualification Envelope Return Document Professional Ability” and must not exceed 2 A4 pages. Responses must be completed in Arial font size 12. (Any additional information outside of the A4 page limit per example or the “Appendix 1 Qualification Envelope Return Document Professional Ability” template will not be evaluated).
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
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
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_15617.
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
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: 6.5.2014 – 15:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

6.5.2014 – 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: 6.5.2014 – 15:01
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: Only CPD procurement staff with access to the project on eSourcing.

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 and 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

Central Procurement Directorate
Clare House, 303 Airport Road West
BT3 9ED Belfast
UNITED KINGDOM
Internet address: www.dfpni.gov.uk/cpd

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.
Regulations (SI 2005 No 6) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:21.3.2014