Tender to Provide Business Advice and Support to Students and Graduates

Tender to Provide Business Advice and Support to Students and Graduates

Provision of pre-start, start-up, early-stage and later-stage business advice.

United Kingdom-Newcastle upon Tyne: Business and management consultancy and related services

2019/S 036-081249

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Newcastle University
Newcastle University, 1 Park Tce
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom
Contact person: Mrs Leigh Anderson
Telephone: +44 1912228618
E-mail: leigh.anderson@ncl.ac.uk
Fax: +44 1912228845
NUTS code: UKC22
Internet address(es):Main address: https://www.ncl.ac.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://www.ncl.ac.uk

I.2)Information about joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://procontract.due-north.com/Login
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://procontract.due-north.com/Login

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


NU/1449 The Provision of Business Advice and Support to Students and Graduates

Reference number: DN389334

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The scope of this contract is for the provision of pre-start, start-up, early-stage and later-stage business advice including supporting potential and actual growth orientated businesses founded by Newcastle University students and graduates.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 250 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKC22
Main site or place of performance:

Newcastle upon Tyne.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Newcastle University support current students and Newcastle University graduates (up to 3 years) across all subject groups. We have a large and heterogeneous client base that includes international graduates who have successfully secured leave to remain in the UK, via the Tier 1 (Graduate) Entrepreneur route, to start a business, and recent graduates awarded Founderships, a 6 month Start Up scholarship aimed at those with the potential to scale. NB Founderships is contingent on the University successfully raising funds to run the programme year-on-year.

Our approach is person-centred. Our goal is to upskill our students and graduates, empowering and enabling them to progress their ideas and business. We incorporate elements of coaching into our one-to-one conversations to support the client to identify solutions and actions.

Advice and support will be delivered face-to-face on Newcastle University premises, off-campus at the client’s business premises or at an alternative location potentially including our branch campus in London; via telephone, email or Skype. The successful supplier will provide up to 2 business advice professionals to join the Start-up Team on campus between 1 day and 5 days a week depending on the time of year and levels of demand. The agreement will be for between 90-110 days per year to deliver the open access business advice and around 30 days to support Founderships recipients. NB both are subject to change and the University securing the required funds.

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: 250 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

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

Maximum number: 5

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

This contract may be extended for an additional 2 single year periods beyond the initial 2 years.

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: no
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
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
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:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted procedure
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
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

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

Date: 20/03/2019
Local time: 12:00

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

Date: 08/04/2019

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


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

Duration in months: 3 (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: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

This Authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar days standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the Contracting Authority before the contract s entered into. Applicants have 2 working days from notification of the award decision to request additional debriefing and that information has to be provided a minimum of 3 working days before expiry of the standstill period. Such information should be requested from the address in Section I.1).

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: