South West SME Export Development Programme
The successful tenderer will be required to successfully deliver the Programme including advertising the Programme, recruitment of participant businesses and providing a range of advice and assistance in various formats to participating businesses.
UK-Dungannon: business development consultancy services
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)
Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council
Council Offices, Circular Road
For the attention of: Linda Ferguson
BT71 6DT Dungannon
Telephone: +44 2887720300
Fax: +44 2887720368
General address of the contracting authority: http://www.dungannon.gov.uk
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
Regional or local authority
General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes
Cookstown District Council
BT80 8DT Cookstown
Fermanagh District Council
BT74 7BA Enniskillen
Magherafelt District Council
50 Ballyronan Road
BT34 6EN Magherafelt
Omagh District Council
The Grange, Mountjoy Road
BT79 7BL Omagh
Section II: Object of the contract
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
South West SME Export Development Programme.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 11: Management consulting services  and related services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Cookstown, Dungannon & South Tyrone, Fermanagh, Magherafelt and Omagh Council Areas.
NUTS code UKN,UKN01
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)
Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council (the “Council”) in partnership with the other 4 cluster councils of Cookstown District Council, Fermanagh District Council, Magherafelt District Council and Omagh District Council (the “Cluster Areas”) is looking for a competent delivery agent to deliver the South West SME Export Development Programme (the “Programme”).
The Programme has been developed and is part financed by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland. The aim of the Programme is to assist micro businesses operating in the Cluster Areas to become more competitive by targeting and exploring export markets.
The Programme will be targeted at businesses which are currently:
(ii) first time exporter; and
(iii) inexperienced exporter.
The target businesses will be both non-Invest Northern Ireland clients and non-active Invest Northern Ireland clients, operating in the Cluster Areas.
The successful tenderer will be required to successfully deliver the Programme including advertising the Programme, recruitment of participant businesses and providing a range of advice and assistance in various formats to participating businesses. Further details of the required Programme actions are contained in the Project Information Memorandum (which can be obtained by contacting the individual named at I.1 of this notice), More complete information will be provided in the specification which will be provided at the tender stage.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
79411100, 72221000, 79400000, 79340000, 79342200
II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
This contract is divided into lots: no
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:
The successful tenderer will be required to undertake three phases of recruitment to identify businesses to participate in the Programme and will subsequently be required to advise, assist, audit etc these businesses. It is intended that the successful tenderer will deliver services until 31.3.2015. The successful tenderer will be required to target 35 businesses per phase. Full details are contained in the Project Information Memorandum (which can be obtained by contacting the individual named at I.1 of this notice.).
Estimated value excluding VAT: 273 850,00 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Duration in months: 25 (from the award of the contract)
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
The Council reserves the right to require deposits, guarantees, bonds or other forms of appropriate security.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
Payments will be staged over the period of the Programme, made retrospectively and shall be payble against eligible expenditure, vouched and approved by the Council.
Full details of the main financing conditions and payment arrangements will be outlined in the ITT document.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
In the event of a group of companies submitting an acceptable offer, it will be necessary for each member of the group to sign an undertaking that each company will be jointly and severally liabile for the satisfactory performance of the services. A group of companies may be required to form a legal entity with appropriate parent company guarantees as a condition of contract.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: Details of the contract are set out in full in the PQQ, Project Information Memorandum and the ITT documents.
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: Candidates should ensure that they do not meet any of the ineligibility conditions stated in Regulation 23 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006/Directive 2004/18 on the coordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts, public supply contracts and public services contracts.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Further information is provided in the PQQ, which can be obtained from the contact point detailed in section I.1.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Candidates require the following in order to be considered by the Council for the contract:
(a) evidence from the Candidate which demonstrates a turnover of at least £500 000 for the last financial year; and
(b) evidence that the Candidate has the ability to take out and maintain the following insurance; (i) Employer’s Liability Insurance for a minimum of £1million; and (ii) Public Liability Insurance for a minimum of £2million.
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Further information is provided in the PQQ and Project Information Memorandum, which can be obtained from the contact point detailed in section I.1.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
Envisaged number of operators: 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: The Council intends to take forward the 5 top scoring bidders who meet the minimum requirements set out in the PQQ.
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
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.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
27.11.2012 – 12:00
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
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): The Programme is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland.
The strategic objective of Northern Ireland’s ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-2013 is to create a more competitive and sustainable Northern Ireland and to close the productivity gap with the UK and increase Northern Ireland’s GVA per hour worked compared with international averages.
Copies of the PQQ and Project Information Memorandum may be obtained from the contact point detailed in section I.1.
Candidates should supply to the Council a contact name, address and email when submitting a request for documents. Failure to do so may result in the candidate not receiving important information regarding such clarifications and/or permitted amendments, and the Council does not accept any liability in respect of any loss incurred as a result of a failure by candidates to provide a contact email address to the Council.
To be considered for the award of the contract, candidates must complete and return their responses to the PQQ by no later than 12 noon on 27.11.2012. Candidates that do not satisfy the criteria set out in the PQQ will not be invited to tender for delivering the Programme.
For the avoidance of doubt, the estimated value indicated at II.2.1 of this notice is inclusive of all expenses.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained