UKTI International Trade Services to Businesses in England

UKTI International Trade Services to Businesses in England

9 Lots: Lot 1- South West Lot 2 – South East Lot 3 – London Lot 4 – East of England Lot 5 – East Midlands Lot 6 – West Midlands Lot 7 – North East Lot 8 – North West Lot 9 – Yorkshire and Humber.

UK SBS To procure contractor(s) to deliver UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) International Trade Services to businesses in the English Regions

Reference number:PR140018

Deadline date:29/09/2014

This deadline is for…Submission of RFI reponses

Contract value:£5,490,000 – £243,010,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out:EnglandAllocated in 9 Lots: Lot 1- South West Lot 2 – South East Lot 3 – London Lot 4 – East of England Lot 5 – East Midlands Lot 6 – West Midlands Lot 7 – North East Lot 8 – North West Lot 9 – Yorkshire and Humber

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers?Yes

Name of the buying organisation:UK Shared Business Services Ltd.

Description of the contract

UK Trade & Investment is the Government Department that helps UK based companies succeed globally and assists overseas’ companies to bring investment to the UK. It brings together the export development and inward investment work of its parent UK government departments, the department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Offfice.The contract would be let by BIS. The requirement will be to outsource the delivery of UKTI’s International Trade Services to businesses in the English regions to contractors, on a regional basis. UKTI is seeking contractors to provide UKTI trade services and any associated European Funded international trade projects in the 9 English regions. The duration of the contracts to be awarded will be five years, with the option on the part of UKTI only to extend by up to a further one year. For the purpose of this tender UKTI will be inviting bids against 9 Lots. This requirement is being procured as a Part B Service following treaty principles.


Classification of the contract

75131000Government services

80532000Management training services

80531200Technical training services

80531100Industrial training services

80531000Industrial and technical training services

80530000Vocational training services

75130000Supporting services for the government

Additional information

Contract type:Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement?No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding?Yes : ERDF- This requirement maybe eligable for ERDF and ESIF matched funding

Contract will be awarded based on:Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract:72 Months

Who to contact

Contact nameAlan Bird

Organisation nameUK Shared Business Services Ltd.

AddressNorth Star House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 1FF

Telephone+ 44 (0)1793 817098

Extension number:


How to apply

Contractors may bid for one or more Lots and should clearly state the Lots for which they wish to bid. Lot 1- South West £9.58m – 25.55m Lot 2 – South East £14.29m – 38.10m Lot 3 – London £11.745m – 31.32m Lot 4 – East of England £10.26m – 27.76m Lot 5 – East Midlands £6.885m – 18.36m Lot 6 – West Midlands £11.815m – 31.50m Lot 7 – North East £ 5.49m – 14.64m Lot 8 – North West £ 11.14m – 29.70m Lot 9 – Yorkshire & Humber £9.78m – 26.08m The values estimated reflect the core funding provided by UKTI to delivery contractors to deploy trade advisers to deliver UKTI services. The lowest value in the range reflects the lowest amount of funding under the existing contract arrangements. The highest estimated value reflects the amount UKTI considers might be required to deliver if a range of potential initiatives come to fruition, e.g. embedding digital advisers into UKTI’s regional teams to support e-exporting activity and facilitating regional engagement with developing overseas business networks. The level of funding currently deployed in 2014/15 is approximately midway between the highest and lowest figures set out above. However, organisations expressing an interest in qualifying for this work need to be aware that: 1) UKTI currently has a confirmed budget allocation only for 2015/16 2) Future levels of funding for this contract will be subject to future Governments continuing to fund UKTI 3) Future funding levels for these contracts will depend on UKTI continuing to fund a regional ITA network. This requirement is being procured as a Part B Service following treaty principles. UK Shared Business Services eSourcing As part of the strategic alliance between UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS) and Crown Commercial Service (CCS), UK SBS can use the CCS eSourcing Suite for future procurements. If you have not yet registered on the eSourcing Suite, this can be done online at by following the link ‘Register for CCS eSourcing’. Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so. Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, a registered user can express an interest for a specific procurement. This is done by emailing Your email must clearly state: the name and reference for the procurement you wish to register for; the name of the registered Bidder; and the name and contact details for the registered individual sending the email. Crown Commercial Service will process the email and then enable the Bidder to access the procurement online via the e-Sourcing Suite. The registered user will receive a notification email to alert them once this has been done. The Sourcing documents can then be accessed on the eSourcing Suite at: using the instructions detailed in the Specification documents within Contracts Finder. As a user of the e-Sourcing Suite you will have access to Emptoris email messaging service which facilitates all messages sent to you and from you in relation to any specific RFX event. Please note it is your responsibility to access these emails on a regular basis to ensure you have sight of all relevant information. For technical assistance on use of the e-Sourcing Suite please contact Crown Commercial Service Helpdesk : Telephone: 0345 010 3503 Training documents to support Bidders utilise Emptoris CCS eSourcing are available in the Contracts Finder Tender documents section.