Tender for Delivery of South East Business Boost II

Tender for Delivery of South East Business Boost II

Kent County Council wishes to procure a SEBBII service which will provide of one to one and one to many interactions that create growth and facilitate innovation within local companies.

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

2020/S 220-541874

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Kent County Council
Postal address: County Hall
Town: Maidstone
NUTS code: UKJ4 Kent
Postal code: ME14 1XQ
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Mrs Kelly Roberts
E-mail: kelly.roberts@kent.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 3000416617
Internet address(es):
Main address: http://www.kent.gov.uk
Address of the buyer profile: http://www.kent.gov.uk

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: www.kentbusinessportal.org.uk
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: www.kentbusinessportal.org.uk

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

South East Business Boost II

 

Reference number: DN508876

II.1.2)Main CPV code

79400000 Business and management consultancy and related services

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

 

Growth Hubs are locally based, Government-backed services linked to the national business support helpline. They enable businesses to access local and national business support. Government funding for Growth Hubs is made available via the 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) covers Kent and Medway, Essex, Southend, Thurrock and East Sussex. It is the largest LEP in England. The SELEP (via Essex County Council as its accountable body) receives funding from Government for a Growth Hub. The SELEP operates a federal model, with local partnerships for each economic area within the LEP. For Kent and Medway, this is the Kent and Medway Economic Partnership (KMEP). The Growth Hub for the SELEP area reflects this federal model, with separately procured and managed services in Kent and Medway, Essex and East Sussex.

The current Kent and Medway Growth Hub service can be accessed at www.kentandmedwaygrowthhub.org.uk

The core Growth Hub service is enhanced through a SELEP-wide South East Business Boost (SEBB) ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) programme, led by Southend Borough Council the lead accountable body. This service provides additional activities beyond what can be provided through the BEIS funding and delivers an offer that compliments and enhances the existing ‘core’ Growth Hub programme.

Kent County Council wishes to procure a SEBBII service which will provide of one to one and one to many interactions that create growth and facilitate innovation within local companies. The programmes are aimed at pre-start, start-up and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) who wish to scale up production to increase turnover. The service also offers ‘Growth Grant’ programme designed to facilitate growth and increase productivity within local companies.

The contract duration will be from April 2021 for 24 months Contract value is GBP 710 000 to engage and support 262 SMEs to enable them to increase turnover, improve productivity, generate new products/services, and create jobs.

Key activities include:

• marketing and engagement of the service to eligible businesses;

• productivity and competitiveness direct one to one business support for high potential businesses;

• enterprise and entrepreneurship support for start-ups and new businesses;

• promotion and management of business grants programme with eligible businesses;

• development of strategic partnerships and robust referral networks;

• data collection, verification and reporting in line with ERDF requirements.

Any organisation who wishes to tender for this opportunity is required to express an interest via the Kent Business Portal (www.kentbusinessportal.org.uk), on expression of interest a copy of the Selection Questionnaire will be made available for submission no later than noon 7th December 2020.

In the event that additional funding for this service is granted to the Council to continue to deliver the SEBB Services consisting of the repetition of similar services entrusted to the Supplier under this Contract after 31 March 2023, the Council reserves the right to procure the new services via the negotiated procedure without prior publication in accordance with Regulation 32(9) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, the conditions for which will be as per the conditions of the grant funding

 

II.1.5)Estimated total value

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKJ4 Kent

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

 

Kent County Council wishes to procure a SEBBII service which will provide of one to one and one to many interactions that create growth and facilitate innovation within local companies. The programmes are aimed at pre-start, start-up and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) who wish to scale up production to increase turnover. The service also offers ‘Growth Grant’ programme designed to facilitate growth and increase productivity within local companies.

The contract duration will be from April 2021 for 24 months Contract value is £710K to engage and support 262 SMEs to enable them to increase turnover, improve productivity, generate new products /services, and create jobs.

Key activities include:

• marketing and engagement of the service to eligible businesses

• productivity and competitiveness direct one to one business support for high potential businesses

• enterprise and entrepreneurship support for start-ups and new businesses

• promotion and management of Business Grants Programme with eligible businesses

• development of strategic partnerships and robust referral networks

• data collection, verification and reporting in line with ERDF requirements.

Any organisation who wishes to tender for this opportunity is required to express an interest via the Kent Business Portal (www.kentbusinessportal.org.uk), on expression of interest a copy of the Selection Questionnaire will be made available for submission no later than noon 7th December 2020.

In the event that additional funding for this service is granted to the Council to continue to deliver the SEBB Services consisting of the repetition of similar services entrusted to the Supplier under this Contract after 31 March 2023, the Council reserves the right to procure the new services via the negotiated procedure without prior publication in accordance with Regulation 32(9) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, the conditions for which will be as per the conditions of the grant 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

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

Duration in months: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

In the event that additional funding for this service is granted to the Council to continue to deliver the SEBB Services consisting of the repetition of similar services entrusted to the Supplier under this Contract after 31 March 2023, the Council reserves the right to procure the new services via the negotiated procedure without prior publication in accordance with Regulation 32(9) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, the conditions for which will be as per the conditions of the grant funding.

 

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no

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.

 

II.2.14)Additional information

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.1.5)Information about negotiation

The contracting authority reserves the right to award the contract on the basis of the initial tenders without conducting negotiations

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

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

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

Date: 07/12/2020
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

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

English

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Kent County Council
Postal address: County Road
Town: Maidstone
Postal code: ME14 1XQ
Country: United Kingdom

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

06/11/2020