Regional Delivery Partners Service Contracts – Department for International Trade

Regional Delivery Partners Service Contracts – Department for International Trade

The appointment of regional delivery partners to provide Enhanced International Trade Advisory Services including local support across England aimed at helping UK businesses to internationalise through exporting.

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

2020/S 014-028487

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Department for International Trade
Town: London
NUTS code: UK
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: enhancedITAservice-marketengagement@trade.gov.uk
I.2)Information about joint procurement

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://uktrade.app.jaggaer.com/esop/guest/go/opportunity/detail?opportunityId=47269
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://uktrade.app.jaggaer.com/esop/guest/go/opportunity/detail?opportunityId=47269
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Enhanced International Trade Advisory — Regional Delivery Partner(s) Service Contract(s)

Reference number: DN415132

II.1.2)Main CPV code

79400000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The appointment of regional delivery partners to provide Enhanced International Trade Advisory (EITA) Services including local support across England aimed at helping UK businesses to internationalise through exporting. The current International Trade Advisory (ITA) Service is delivered by 7 delivery partners over 9 English regions. The DIT is procuring 5 new contracts to provide an ‘Enhanced’ service that will ensure service continuity and make pragmatic improvements that will substantially improve the value delivered and respond to the ambition set out in the Government’s Export Strategy of 2018.

The 5 regions are: North of England, the Midlands, London, the South and East and the South and West. Each region will be procured as a separate lot.

Estimated total contract value range is 84 000 000 GBP to 127 000 000 GBP (excluding TUPE costs and inflation). The upper value includes the 12-month extension and deployment of optional services subject to funding and performance.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 127 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for maximum number of lots: 3
Maximum number of lots that may be awarded to one tenderer: 3
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Super Regional Delivery Partner – Northern Powerhouse

Lot No: 1

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

73000000
79400000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKC
NUTS code: UKD
Main site or place of performance:

North of ENGLAND.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The regional delivery partner for the Northern Powerhouse will be required to provide the EITA service on behalf of the DIT to high potential exporter businesses in the North of England (North East, North West,Yorkshire and the Humber).

Estimated total contract value range for lot 1 is 21 000 000 GBP to 33 000 000 GBP (excluding TUPE costs and inflation). The upper value includes the 12-month extension and deployment of optional services subject to funding.

Price is not the only award criterion. The contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender, in accordance with the criteria stated in the procurement documents.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 33 000 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Start: 29/01/2021
End: 31/03/2025
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The option to extend for periods of up to a further 12 months.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Maximum number: 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

Criteria set out in procurement documents (SQ Instructions).

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Identification of the project:

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) & European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF)

II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Super Regional Delivery Partner – Midlands Engine

Lot No: 2

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79400000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKF
NUTS code: UKG
Main site or place of performance:

Midlands, ENGLAND.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The regional delivery partner for the Midlands Engine will be required to provide the EITA service on behalf of the DIT to high potential exporter businesses in the Midlands (East Midlands and West Midlands, excludes Northamptonshire).

Estimated total contract value range for lot 2 is 16 000 000 GBP to 24 000 000 GBP (excluding TUPE costs and inflation). The upper value includes the 12-month extension and deployment of optional services subject to funding.

Price is not the only award criterion. The contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender, in accordance with the criteria stated in the procurement documents.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 24 000 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Start: 29/01/2021
End: 31/03/2025
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The option to extend for periods up to 12 further months.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Maximum number: 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

Criteria stated in procurement documents.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Identification of the project:

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) & European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF)

II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Super Regional Delivery Partner – London

Lot No: 3

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79400000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKI
Main site or place of performance:

London, ENGLAND.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The regional delivery partner for London will be required to provide the EITA service on behalf of the DIT to high potential exporter businesses in London.

Estimated total contract value range for lot 3 is 15 000 000 GBP to 23 000 000 GBP (excluding TUPE costs and inflation). The upper value includes the 12-month extension and deployment of optional services subject to funding.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 23 000 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Start: 29/01/2021
End: 31/03/2025
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The option to extend for periods up to a further 12 months.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Maximum number: 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

Criteria stated in the procurement documents.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Identification of the project:

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) & European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF)

II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Super Regional Delivery Partner – South and East

Lot No: 4

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79400000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKH
NUTS code: UKJ
Main site or place of performance:

South and East of ENGLAND.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The regional delivery partner for the South and East will be required to provide the EITA service on behalf of the DIT to high potential exporter businesses in the South and East (East of England and South East (England), noting that the regional boundary differs from the NUTS definition. The region specifically includes the following LEP regions (https://www.lepnetwork.net/about-leps/location-map/): Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire Thames Valley, Greater Cambridgeshire and Greater Peterborough, New Anglia, Oxfordshire, South East and South East Midlands.

Estimated total contract value range for lot 4 is 15 000 000 GBP to 23 000 000 GBP (excluding TUPE costs and inflation). The upper value includes the 12-month extension and deployment of optional services subject to funding.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 23 000 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Start: 29/01/2021
End: 31/03/2025
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The option to extend for periods up to a further 12 months.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Maximum number: 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

Criteria set out in procurement documents.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Identification of the project:

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) & European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF)

II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Super Regional Delivery Partner – South and West

Lot No: 5

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79400000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKK
Main site or place of performance:

South and South West of ENGLAND.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The regional delivery partner for the South and West will be required to provide the EITA service on behalf of the DIT to high potential exporter businesses in the South and West (South West and part of the South East regions of England), noting that the regional boundary differs from the NUTS definition. The region specifically includes the following LEP regions (https://www.lepnetwork.net/about-leps/location-map/): Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Dorset, G first (Gloucestershire), Swindon and Wiltshire, Coast to Capital, Enterprise M3, Solent, West of England, Heart of the South West,Thames Valley Berkshire.

Estimated total contract value range for lot 5 is 16 000 000 GBP to 25 000 000 GBP (excluding TUPE costs and inflation). The upper value includes the 12-month extension and deployment of optional services subject to funding.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 25 000 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Start: 29/01/2021
End: 31/03/2025
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The option to extend for periods up to a further 12 months.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Maximum number: 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

Criteria set out in the procurement documents.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Identification of the project:

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) & European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF)

II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation

III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

List and brief description of conditions:

As stated in the memorandum of information and/or the selection questionnaire instructions.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession

III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

The contract contains social value requirements and key performance indicators. Please see the procurement documents for further details.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Competitive procedure with negotiation
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated

IV.1.5)Information about negotiation

The contracting authority reserves the right to award the contract on the basis of the initial tenders without conducting negotiations
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

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

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2019/S 038-085632

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 21/02/2020
Local time: 17:00

IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

Date: 08/04/2020

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

English

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 9 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published:

The service is likely to be re-procured following the initial term of 50 months or after the extended period of 62 months if taken up.

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic ordering will be used
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used

VI.3)Additional information:

The authority expressly reserves the right:

(i) not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and

(ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition; and in no circumstances will the authority be liable for any costs incurred by the candidates.

Potential suppliers should note that applications for the EITA regional delivery partner(s)service contracts will not be accepted from potential suppliers tendering for the internationalisation fund administration services contract (in progress).

The authority is concerned to maintain independence between the provision of advice to a business, that grant funding may be an appropriate support mechanism for them to consider (through the EITA service) and the separate assessment and potential award of (IFA) grant funding.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Department for International Trade
Postal address: Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street
Town: London
Postal code: SW1H 0LT
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

17/01/2020