Mutuals Support Programme – Planning Portal Website

Mutuals Support Programme – Planning Portal Website

The Parent Body is currently market testing to help decide the best options for the investment future of the Planning Portal and to improve the website.

Reference number: RM2621 – L0056

Deadline date:09/09/2013

This deadline is for… The deadline for submission of tender responses. Please see ‘How to apply instructions to suppliers’ for more information.

Contract value:£0 – £20,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: Bristol, City of

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? Yes

Name of the buying organisation: Government Procurement Service (on behalf of the Cabinet Office)


Description of the contract

The Planning Portal ( is the UK Government’s online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales. Its aim is to provide a one-stop-shop supplying answers, services and information to anyone involved in the planning process – from home owners and businesses to planning professionals and Government officials. Delivered by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG, the “Parent Body”), the service has 28 full time employees and an annual turnover of approximately £1m, with high growth plans. The Parent Body is currently market testing to help decide the best options for the investment future of the Planning Portal and to improve the website . The Parent Body is flexible about the future model and welcomes proposals that could include the government retaining a small stake, granting a licence or management contract or the business becoming or having a mutualisation element. The employees of the Planning Portal (the “Potential PSM”) wish to spin out and identify a partner with whom they will secure investment and / or form a mutual joint venture so to tender to secure the Planning Portal service contract. The leadership team are fully committed to spinning out (most have some existing private sector/commercial experience) and the staff are keen to retain a majority share. An internal project manager has already been appointed to support the process.


Classification of the contract

79410000 Business and management consultancy services


Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? Yes : The Mutuals Support Programme (MSP) delivers help and support for proposed and existing Public Service Mutuals

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 2 Months


Who to contact

Contact name Robert Hardman

Organisation name Government Procurement Service

Address Room 3.19, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ


Extension number:


How to apply

To participate in any possible future procurement which results from this RFP, Potential Providers must first be registered on the Government Procurement Service e-Sourcing Suite. If you have not yet registered on the eSourcing Suite, this can be done online at by following the link ‘Register for GPS eSourcing’. Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so at the Invitation to Tender stage. Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, you will need to express and interest for the Mutuals Support Programme – Planning Portal. This is done by emailing Your email must clearly state: • the name of this procurement is Mutuals Support Programme – Planning Portal and the RM reference number RM2621 – L0056 • the name of the registered supplier; and • the name and contact details for the registered individual sending the email. Government Procurement Service will then process this email and assign your organisation to the opportunity. The registered user will receive a notification email to alert them once this has been done. The Invitation to Tender will be issued by close of play on Thursday 8th August and therefore suppliers can register on the e-Sourcing Suite between the issue date of this Contracts Finder advert and the deadline date. The deadline date for receipt of final outstanding requests for clarification will be 4pm on Thurs 22nd August 2013 It is advised however that Potential Providers register as soon as practically possible in order to receive the Invitation to Tender and have a sufficient amount of time to respond. For technical assistance on use of the eSourcing Suite please contact the Helpdesk: Freephone: 0345 010 3503 Email: