Mutuals Support Programme Cabinet Office

Mutuals Support Programme Cabinet Office

This notice pertains to a market testing exercise in relation to multiple potential requirements across the full range of consultancy and professional advice disciplines.

UK-London: business and management consultancy and related services

2012/S 24-039175

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Cabinet Office
22 Whitehall
Contact point(s): ERG Service Desk
SW1A 2WH London
Telephone: +44 8450004999

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Further information can be obtained from: 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: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

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

Mutuals support programme.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
II.3)Information on framework agreement

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:

1. This notice pertains to a market testing exercise in relation to multiple potential requirements across the full range of consultancy and professional advice disciplines, including but not limited to business, management, financial and legal consultancy services. The route to market for; and scope, duration, and value of individual contracts under the programme to which this notice pertains are yet to be determined;
2. The Mutuals Support Programme (MSP) will deliver help and support for proposed and existing Public Service Mutuals*. The Cabinet Office will:
2.1 Procure generic, tailored and bespoke professional advice and support for proposed and existing Public Service Mutuals (these contracts are the subject of this market testing exercise).
2.3 Retain IP to share the advice and support given so other proposed and existing Public Service Mutuals can benefit.
3. This programme will build on the Mutuals Information Service (MIS), which was launched 5.12.2011. The MIS is a web-portal and phone line based triage and case management service for public sector workers interested in setting up Public Service Mutuals, and for existing fledgling Public Service Mutuals interested in going for growth. The MIS will refer the cases and issues with the greatest potential to catalyse new Public Service Mutuals to the Cabinet Office who (where appropriate) will procure and manage individual professional advice contracts.
4. Specific objectives of the MSP are:
4.1 To provide proposed and existing Public Service Mutuals with the support they need (which cannot be accessed through other sources) to enable them to become viable businesses;
4.2 To share (via resource library) as much as possible of the professional advice and support commissioned to avoid duplication, grow the knowledge base and reduce cost;
4.3 Maintain flexibility to enable the Programme to be demand led.
5. The proposed outcomes for the MSP are:
5.1 Outcome 1: proposed and existing Public Service Mutuals have the information and advice required to develop into successful enterprises;
5.2 Outcome 2: a resource library of advice and support is developed to support others, avoid duplication and reduce cost;
5.3 Outcome 3: cabinet Office has detailed evidence and information to inform future policy work.
6. The purpose of this Prior Information Notice (PIN) is to alert the supplier community to potential opportunities which the Cabinet Office (in partnership with Government Procurement Service) may wish to procure. Suppliers are invited to register their interest (quoting reference “Mutuals Support Programme Suppliers”) with the ERG Service Desk to ensure they are kept informed of the latest updates with regard to the MSP, including notification of supplier events, potential opportunities in the pipeline and other information of interest.
*Cabinet Office defines a Public Service Mutual as, “An organisation which has spun out of the traditional public sector, but continues to deliver public services under contract, and in which employee ownership and/or engagement has a discernable impact on its operation. They can take a variety of forms in terms of business model, legal structure and membership.”.
Estimated cost excluding VAT: 8 333 333,00 GBP
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79400000, 66171000, 79100000, 79221000, 66519600, 66523000

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.8)Additional information:

1. This is a voluntary PIN for a variety of service requirements which are likely to be procured under the MSP. The purpose of this notice is to alert the supplier community to these potential opportunities, and to assist the Cabinet Office with developing aspects of its procurement strategy. Potential suppliers should register with the contact point named in Section I.1, to receive an initial briefing pack, and to be added to the MSP supplier contact list;
2. This market sounding exercise does not form part of a formal procurement process and the Cabinet Office reserves the right to decide whether or not to proceed with any tendering procedures in relation to individual contracts. Potential suppliers shall be solely responsible for any costs which they incur as a result of participating in any aspect of this market testing exercise.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: