Technology Consultant Tender

Technology Consultant Tender

Technology Consultants for ERDF Technology and Innovation Futures West Midlands Project.

UK-Coventry: Business development consultancy services

2013/S 119-203707

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Coventry University
Priory Street
Contact point(s): Procurement Department
CV1 5FB Coventry
Telephone: +44 24276795116
Fax: +44 24276795120

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

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

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

Technology Consultants for ERDF Technology and Innovation Futures West Midlands Project
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
NUTS code UKG33

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)

CUE Ltd has successfully secured funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the delivery of the Technology and Innovation Futures West Midlands Project (the Project). The Project will support businesses within the West Midlands linking foresight and strategic planning directly to technology identification development, adoption and commercialisation. As a result the Project will drive the uptake of baseline technologies and subsequent adoption of new-to-market, new-to-customer and emerging technologies. This will ensure that supported businesses will remain competitive, be able to grow and compete in international markets.
The Project will specifically target SMEs within the West Midlands region. Through the Project we aim to support a total of 500 West Midlands SMEs, 275 of are profiled to receive specialist business support. This will need to be achieved by March 2015. Through engagement with the Project, SMEs will be able to reclaim 50% of the cost of up to 10 days worth of specialist business support (subject to budget availability). Eligible SMEs will be provided with specific assistance to help define their future strategic technology, business orientation and potential technologies that could be beneficial to them to support business growth.
This tender opportunity seeks to attract high grade specialist support suppliers, who can engage SMEs and support them to unlock growth potential. In summary, Suppliers will be required to:
-Self-generate consultancy leads (minimum of 5 consultancies per Supplier).
-Complete an initial need analysis and declaration of eligibility to ensure that beneficiary SMEs sourced, are eligible for the Grant funding on offer through the Project.
-Ensure that eligibility information is submitted to CUE Ltd prior to commencement of support, to ensure eligibility of final Grant payment.
-Provide appropriate business support and innovation consultancy to individual beneficiary SMEs of up to 10-days (subject to budget availability) per SME: to support their uptake of new to market and/or new to client technologies in line with identified business growth plans.
-Complete a detailed SME intervention report.
-Complete a business support monitoring, impact evaluation report and contracts manage.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79411100, 79411000, 79419000, 79415000, 79400000, 72224000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

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:

Estimated value excluding VAT: 700 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
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: 24 (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:

No desposits are required but parent guarantees may be required at a later stage of the tender process
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

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

If the contract is awarded to a consortium, joint venture or alliance, applicants will be required to contract with joint and several liability under English law either nominate a lead service provider with whom the contracting authority can contract and to whom all communication will be addressed or to form themselves into a single entity before the contract is awarded.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: As per tender document pack
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 tender document pack
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As per tender document pack
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As per tender document pack
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
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
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:

ERDF-PD-114-ERDF-Specialist Technology Innovation Business Support Service
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

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: 13.8.2013 – 12:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

13.8.2013 – 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

Any EU official language
Other: English
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

in days: 120 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 13.8.2013 – 12:00

Procurement Department

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

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: yes
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): This project is part funded by the European RegionalDevelopment Fund (ERDF) – ERDF-080-P2-047-Technology and Innovation Futures West Midlands
VI.3)Additional information
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Please see VI.4.2

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Please see VI.4.2

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Coventry University will incorporate a standstill periodat the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will providefull 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.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained


VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:19.6.2013

Requirement: Technology Consultant