UKTI Vocation Training Services to Business in England

UKTI Vocation Training Services to Business in England

Procurement of Contractor(s) to Deliver UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) International Trade Services to businesses in the English Regions.

United Kingdom-London: Vocational training services

2014/S 183-323205

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
1 Victoria Street
Contact point(s): Major Projects, UK Shared Business Services Ltd
For the attention of: Alan Bird
SW1H 0ET London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1793867098
E-mail: alan.bird@uksbs.co.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.bis.gov.uk (http://www.ukti.gov.uk/home/html)

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.uksbs.co.uk/Pages/default.aspx

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: As detailed in Annex A.III

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: ExpressionOfInterest@ccs.gsi.gov.uk
E-mail: ExpressionOfInterest@ccs.gsi.gov.uk
Internet address: http://ccs.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/i-am-supplier/respond-tender

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions

I.3)Main activity

General public services

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)Description

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

UK SBS PR140018 Procurement of Contractor(s) to Deliver UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) International Trade Services to businesses in the English Regions.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 27: Other services

NUTS code UK

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)

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 has headquarters in London and Glasgow and professional advisers and staff around the UK and in more than 100 countries worldwide. It brings together the export development and inward investment work of its parent UK Government Departments, The Department for Business Innovation and Skills and The Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
UKTI works with UK based businesses to ensure their success in international markets through exports. We encourage and support overseas companies to look at the UK as the best place to set up or expand their business.
UKTI is responsible for:
– international trade and investment
– helping UK companies achieve their potential overseas through exporting
– encouraging investment in the UK by overseas businesses
UKTI’s priorities are to:
– give more support to medium-sized businesses
– give better support to small companies wishing to export
– strengthen our efforts in high growth markets
– maximise the UK’s export potential where we have a free trade agreement
– secure export-oriented foreign direct investment
– accelerate exports through online channels (e-exporting programme)
– help to put in place the government’s long-term strategy for economic growth
– increase our reach by working closely with more partners
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 the following 9 Lots, comprising each of the 9 current regions indicated below with estimated value of each contract:
Lot 1- South West £9.58m – 25.55m
Lot 2 – South East £14.29m – 38.10m
Lot 3 – London £11.74m – 31.32m
Lot 4 – East of England £10.26m – 27.76m
Lot 5 – East Midlands £6.88m – 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
Contractors may bid for one or more Lots and should clearly state the Lots for which they wish to bid.
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.
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.
The contract would be let by BIS. The services being procured are classified as Part B Services under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006. Accordingly, the publication of this contract notice is not mandatory in respect of these services. Neither the issue of this contract notice, the pre-qualification questionnaire, the invitation to tender or any other tender documents should be taken as acceptance that the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Directive 2004/17/EC or procurement law generally applies to the procurement nor intended to create any contract (express or implied) that the Authority is conducting the tender process in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Directive 2004/17/EC or procurement law.
The contractors appointed will need to provide the following support services for UK Government to help address market failure in the provision of advice and education to businesses to help them reach their full potential in overseas markets and up skilling them in how to address this –
a) Deploy and manage a regional team of international trade advisers (ITAs) providing education and advice to UKTI customers in appropriate geographical areas, with the aim of enabling them to grow through international trade and by ensuring that the customers have a better understanding of the routes to market including e-commerce and new media channels. Note this is a re-procurement of and existing service and the role of the ITA is fundamental to that service;
b) Provide a customer support service with appropriate telephone and online advice to companies as well as supporting UKTI’s business processes in delivering help to clients;
c) Meet UKTI financial and performance reporting requirements;
d) Effect the delivery of one or more European Funded international trade projects using the funding to be provided under this contract as the match funding (where appropriate); The successful Contractor(s) will be expected to apply for European Structural & Investment Fund (ESIF) projects developed by LEPs in their region, either under the UKTI Trade Opt-In and contained in the LEPs’ ESIF Strategies, or subsequently under open-call. They will be expected to manage these projects and the associated match from the contract with UKTI in accordance with ESIF requirements, and accept the associated risks, including clawback of funding, should the ESIF Managing or Audit Authorities successfully challenge any aspect of the management of these projects.”
e)
Enable the Export Finance Advisers employed by UK Export Finance to work alongside ITAs.
The bulk of the costs will be in employing the ITAs and covering the costs of their necessary travel, IT requirements and overheads.
International Trade Advisers (ITAs)
a)
ITAs will be expected to provide high quality advice to UKTI’s customers, with the aim of educating and assisting them to develop the capability to grow through international trade. The ITAs need to be export practitioners with general exporting experience as well as knowledge of UKTI and other export support services. The ITAs are expected to operate in an advisory capacity and not in a consultancy role;
b)
ITAs will need to promote the benefits of different types of trade support; highlighting the services on offer from UKTI and other organisations and businesses;
c)
ITAs need to have the skills to deploy that knowledge, and provide face-to-face support, telephone and email advice to clients. Those ITAs working with Medium-sized Businesses will also need to develop a client management relationship with UKTI’s customers on behalf of the wider UKTI organisation;
d)
ITAs Deliver a range of business focussed events for groups of businesses, including overseas market visits, to educate them through raising awareness of the benefits to companies of international trade and identifying new and existing exporters who may benefit from UKTI and other organisations’ services.
e)
As part of their work ITAs will be expected to engage with all parts of the UKTI network both in the UK and overseas, and with partner organisations as part of the Government’s joined up approach to the provision of integrated business support services
In order to be successful, the contractors will need to demonstrate a strong local presence and connectivity within the regions for which they wish to bid. As a result, these contracts may be of particular interest to small and medium sized enterprises
UKTI offers assistance to client companies both remotely – by telephone or email – and face-to-face through ITA meetings with clients at their premises.
Contractors will be responsible for event promotion and brand awareness in order to generate new clients, working with, and with the agreement of, the relevant UKTI Regional Director.
The contractors will have to deploy specialist knowledge in the network to help support their clients including knowing when to put their clients in touch with specialist export finance and e-exporting advisers (digital skilled professionals) advising on the options for exporting via e-marketplaces and other new media.
The contractors will be responsible for maintaining auditable accounts.
Each contract will include a system of payment by results such that a proportion of the value of the contract will be dependent upon achieving specified quality and performance targets.
Successful contractors will be required to develop a cooperative and partnering relationship with the relevant UKTI Regional Director(s) and to respond flexibly to requests for other non-target related activity and support (such as supporting Ministerial activity in the region) as required. Where the resources available via this mechanism are deployed in European Funded projects they constitute eligible public sector match funding.
As mentioned above, UKTI is re-procuring an existing service. Contractors will need to consider transition plans, including the novation of projects involving EU funding and obligations. It is expected that TUPE regulations will apply. Information on existing staff thought to be in scope will be supplied to bidders selected to tender for these contracts.
Further information, including the roles and responsibilities of other parts of the UKTI network will be set out in the Request for Quote.

Additional information on UKTI and its services can be found at www.gov.uk/ukti

The boundaries of UKTI’s regions, which correspond to NUTS1 regions, are shown in the map at Annex B

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80530000, 80531000, 80531100, 80531200, 80532000, 75130000, 75131000

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

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

II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots

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:

Allocated 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 & Humber
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 5 490 000 and 243 010 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: The initial contract for each lot will be for a period of 60 months. There will be an option for UKTI (Department for Business Innovation and Skills) only to extend the contract for a further 12 months. If the contract was extended the maximum term would be 72 months.

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: 60 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1Lot title: South West

1)Short description

Provision of the services as described at II.1.5) of this notice for the region of South West.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80530000, 80531000, 80531100, 80531200, 80532000, 75130000, 75131000

3)Quantity or scope

The requirement will be to cover the region of South West as shown on Appendix B UKTI UK Regions Map
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 9 580 000 and 25 550 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

5)Additional information about lots

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.
The services being procured under Lot 1 are classified as Part B Services under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006. Accordingly, the publication of this contract notice is not mandatory in respect of these services. Neither the issue of this contract notice, the pre-qualification questionnaire, the invitation to tender or any other tender documents should be taken as acceptance that the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Directive 2004/17/EC or procurement law generally applies to the procurement of Lot 1 nor is intended to create any contract (express or implied) that the Authority is conducting the tender process for Lot 1 in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Directive 2004/17/EC or procurement law.
Where Bidders have tendered for multiple lots, we reserve the right to appoint bidders to some rather than all of the lots they have tendered for.

Lot No: 2Lot title: South East

1)Short description

Provision of the services as described at II.1.5) of this notice for the region of South East.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80530000, 80531000, 80532000, 80531100, 80531200, 75130000, 75131000

3)Quantity or scope

The requirement will be to cover the region of South East as shown on Appendix B UKTI UK Regions Map
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 14 290 000 and 38 100 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

5)Additional information about lots

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.
The services being procured under Lot 2 are classified as Part B Services under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006. Accordingly, the publication of this contract notice is not mandatory in respect of these services. Neither the issue of this contract notice, the pre-qualification questionnaire, the invitation to tender or any other tender documents should be taken as acceptance that the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Directive 2004/17/EC or procurement law generally applies to the procurement of Lot 2 nor is intended to create any contract (express or implied) that the Authority is conducting the tender process for Lot 2 in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Directive 2004/17/EC or procurement law.
Where Bidders have tendered for multiple lots, we reserve the right to appoint bidders to some rather than all of the lots they have tendered for.

Lot No: 3Lot title: London

1)Short description

Provision of the services as described at II.1.5) of this notice for the region of London.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80530000, 80531000, 80531100, 80531200, 80532000, 75130000, 75131000

3)Quantity or scope

The requirement will be to cover the region of London as shown on Appendix B UKTI UK Regions Map
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 11 745 000 and 31 320 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

5)Additional information about lots

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.
The services being procured under Lot 3 are classified as Part B Services under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006. Accordingly, the publication of this contract notice is not mandatory in respect of these services. Neither the issue of this contract notice, the pre-qualification questionnaire, the invitation to tender or any other tender documents should be taken as acceptance that the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Directive 2004/17/EC or procurement law generally applies to the procurement of Lot 3 nor is intended to create any contract (express or implied) that the Authority is conducting the tender process for Lot 3 in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Directive 2004/17/EC or procurement law.
Where Bidders have tendered for multiple lots, we reserve the right to appoint bidders to some rather than all of the lots they have tendered for.

Lot No: 4Lot title: East of England

1)Short description

Provision of the services as described at II.1.5) of this notice for the region of East of England.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80530000, 80531000, 80531100, 80531200, 80532000, 75130000, 75131000

3)Quantity or scope

The requirement will be to cover the region of East of England as shown on Appendix B UKTI UK Regions Map
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 10 260 000 and 27 760 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

5)Additional information about lots

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.
The services being procured under Lot 4 are classified as Part B Services under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006. Accordingly, the publication of this contract notice is not mandatory in respect of these services. Neither the issue of this contract notice, the pre-qualification questionnaire, the invitation to tender or any other tender documents should be taken as acceptance that the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Directive 2004/17/EC or procurement law generally applies to the procurement of Lot 4 nor is intended to create any contract (express or implied) that the Authority is conducting the tender process for Lot 4 in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Directive 2004/17/EC or procurement law.
Where Bidders have tendered for multiple lots, we reserve the right to appoint bidders to some rather than all of the lots they have tendered for.

Lot No: 5Lot title: East Midlands

1)Short description

Provision of the services as described at II.1.5) of this notice for the region of East Midlands.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80530000, 80531000, 80531100, 80531200, 80532000, 75130000, 75131000

3)Quantity or scope

The requirement will be to cover the region of East Midlands as shown on Appendix B UKTI UK Regions Map
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 6 885 000 and 18 360 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

5)Additional information about lots

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.
The services being procured under Lot 5 are classified as Part B Services under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006. Accordingly, the publication of this contract notice is not mandatory in respect of these services. Neither the issue of this contract notice, the pre-qualification questionnaire, the invitation to tender or any other tender documents should be taken as acceptance that the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Directive 2004/17/EC or procurement law generally applies to the procurement of Lot 5 nor is intended to create any contract (express or implied) that the Authority is conducting the tender process for Lot 5 in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Directive 2004/17/EC or procurement law.
Where Bidders have tendered for multiple lots, we reserve the right to appoint bidders to some rather than all of the lots they have tendered for.

Lot No: 6Lot title: West Midlands

1)Short description

Provision of the services as described at II.1.5) of this notice for the region of West Midlands.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80530000, 80531000, 80532000, 80531100, 80531200, 75130000, 75131000

3)Quantity or scope

The requirement will be to cover the region of SWest Midlands as shown on Appendix B UKTI UK Regions Map
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 11 815 000 and 31 500 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

5)Additional information about lots

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.
The services being procured under Lot 6 are classified as Part B Services under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006. Accordingly, the publication of this contract notice is not mandatory in respect of these services. Neither the issue of this contract notice, the pre-qualification questionnaire, the invitation to tender or any other tender documents should be taken as acceptance that the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Directive 2004/17/EC or procurement law generally applies to the procurement of Lot 6 nor is intended to create any contract (express or implied) that the Authority is conducting the tender process for Lot 6 in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Directive 2004/17/EC or procurement law.
Where Bidders have tendered for multiple lots, we reserve the right to appoint bidders to some rather than all of the lots they have tendered for.

Lot No: 7Lot title: North East

1)Short description

Provision of the services as described at II.1.5) of this notice for the region of North East.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80530000, 80531000, 80531100, 80531200, 80532000, 75130000, 75131000

3)Quantity or scope

The requirement will be to cover the region of SNorth East as shown on Appendix B UKTI UK Regions Map
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 5 490 000 and 14 640 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

5)Additional information about lots

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.
The services being procured under Lot 7 are classified as Part B Services under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006. Accordingly, the publication of this contract notice is not mandatory in respect of these services. Neither the issue of this contract notice, the pre-qualification questionnaire, the invitation to tender or any other tender documents should be taken as acceptance that the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Directive 2004/17/EC or procurement law generally applies to the procurement of Lot 7 nor is intended to create any contract (express or implied) that the Authority is conducting the tender process for Lot 7 in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Directive 2004/17/EC or procurement law.
Where Bidders have tendered for multiple lots, we reserve the right to appoint bidders to some rather than all of the lots they have tendered for.

Lot No: 8Lot title: North West

1)Short description

Provision of the services as described at II.1.5) of this notice for the region of North West.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80530000, 80531000, 80531100, 80531200, 80532000, 75130000, 75131000

3)Quantity or scope

The requirement will be to cover the region of North West as shown on Appendix B UKTI UK Regions Map
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 11 140 000 and 29 700 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

5)Additional information about lots

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.
The services being procured under Lot 8 are classified as Part B Services under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006. Accordingly, the publication of this contract notice is not mandatory in respect of these services. Neither the issue of this contract notice, the pre-qualification questionnaire, the invitation to tender or any other tender documents should be taken as acceptance that the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Directive 2004/17/EC or procurement law generally applies to the procurement of Lot 8 nor is intended to create any contract (express or implied) that the Authority is conducting the tender process for Lot 8 in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Directive 2004/17/EC or procurement law.
Where Bidders have tendered for multiple lots, we reserve the right to appoint bidders to some rather than all of the lots they have tendered for.

Lot No: 9Lot title: Yorkshire & Humber

1)Short description

Provision of the services as described at II.1.5) of this notice for the region of Yorkshire & Humber.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80530000, 80531000, 80531100, 80531200, 80532000, 75130000, 75131000

3)Quantity or scope

The requirement will be to cover the region of Yorkshire & Humber as shown on Appendix B UKTI UK Regions Map
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 9 780 000 and 26 080 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

5)Additional information about lots

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.
The services being procured under Lot 9 are classified as Part B Services under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006. Accordingly, the publication of this contract notice is not mandatory in respect of these services. Neither the issue of this contract notice, the pre-qualification questionnaire, the invitation to tender or any other tender documents should be taken as acceptance that the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Directive 2004/17/EC or procurement law generally applies to the procurement of Lot 9 nor is intended to create any contract (express or implied) that the Authority is conducting the tender process for Lot 9 in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Directive 2004/17/EC or procurement law.
Where Bidders have tendered for multiple lots, we reserve the right to appoint bidders to some rather than all of the lots they have tendered for.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

Participants will be advised if this is necessary during the procurement. Parent company and/or other guarantees of performance and financial liability may be required if considered appropriate.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Bids to be priced in £ GBP

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

Any consortium to have a designated lead service provider, all members will have joint and several liability in respect of the obligations and liabilities to the subsequent contracts or contracts.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: The government has set out the need for greater transparency across its operations to enable the public to hold public bodies and politicians to account. This includes commitments relating to public expenditure, intended to help achieve better value for money.
As part of the transparency agenda, government has made the following commitments with regard to procurement and contracting:
All new central government ICT contracts over the value of GBP £10,000 to be published in full online from July 2010
All new central government sourcing documents for contracts over GBP10,000 to be published on a single website from September 2010, with this information to be made available to the public free of charge.
New items of central government spending over GBP £25,000 to be published online from November 2010.
All new central government contracts to be published in full from January 2011.
Suppliers and those organisations looking to bid for public sector contracts should be aware that if they are awarded a new government contract, the resulting contract between the supplier and government will be published. In some circumstances, limited redactions will be made to some contracts before they are published in order to comply with existing law and for the protection of national security.
Service providers must clearly demonstrate recent successful experience in similar projects and environments.
Potential suppliers will be excluded if one of the following applies, the supplier is in a state of bankruptcy, insolvency, compulsory winding up, administration, receivership, composition with creditors or any analogous state or subject to relevant proceedings, has been convicted of a criminal offence related to the business of professional misconduct, has committed an act of grave misconduct in the course of business has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes is guilty of serious misrepresentation in supplying information required by the authority, is not in the possession of a licence or not a member of the appropriate trade or other organisation where the law requires it.
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 will be assessed on the basis of information provided in response to a Request for Information UK SBS PR140018 Procurement of Contractor(s) to Deliver UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) International Trade Services to businesses in the English Regions.
This procurement will be managed electronically via the Crown Commercial Service’s e-Sourcing Suite. To participate in this procurement, participants must first be registered on the e-Sourcing Suite.

If Bidders have not yet registered on the eSourcing Suite, this can be done online at https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk by following the link ‘Register for CCS eSourcing’.

Please note that, to register, Bidders 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.
Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at

http://ccs.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/i-am-supplier/respond-tender

Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, a registered user can express an interest for a specific procurement. This is done by emailingExpressionOfInterest@ccs.gsi.gov.uk.

Your email must clearly state:
the name and reference for the procurement you wish to register for;
the name of the registered supplier;
the name and contact details for the registered individual sending the email.
Crown Commercial Service (CCS) 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.
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 (CCS) Helpdesk : Freephone: 0345 010 3503

email: supplier@ccs.gsi.gov.uk

Training support to respond to a requirement is available to bidders at

http://www.uksbs.co.uk/services/procure/Pages/supplier.aspx

Responses must be published by the date in IV.3.4.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Candidates will be assessed in accordance on the basis of information provided in response to Request for Information UK SBS PR140018 Procurement of Contractor(s) to Deliver UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) International Trade Services to businesses in the English Regions.

The sourcing documents can be accessed at: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk using the instructions detailed in III.2.1

We will also require to see at least one of the following documents
Note – if you have been trading for more than 3 years we will require you to produce Document 1
Document 1 – A copy of your audited accounts for the most recent three years.
Document 2 – A statement of your turnover, profit & loss account and cash flow for the most recent year of trading
Document 3 – A statement of your cash flow forecast for the current year and a bank letter outlining the current cash and credit position
Document 4 – Alternative means of demonstrating financial status if trading for less than a year
Document 5 – Parent Company accounts (if applicable)
Document 6 – Deeds or guarantee
Document 7 – Accountants references
Document 8 – Management accounts
Document 9 – Financial projections including cash flow forecasts
Document 10 – Details and evidence of previous contracts

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Candidates will be assessed in accordance with the basis of information provided in response to Request for Information UK SBS PR140018 Procurement of Contractor(s) to Deliver UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) International Trade Services to businesses in the English Regions.

The sourcing documents can be accessed at: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk using the instructions detailed in III.2.1

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

Restricted

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged minimum number 5: and maximum number 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: The intention is to arrive at a short list of no more than 5 (five) qualified bidders for each lot will be considered for award stage evaluation. There is a minimum hurdle of 35% points out of the total possible points that must be reached. Any Bidders who are evlauated and who do not reach this minimum hurdle will be treated as inelgible for the Contract and will not proceed to award stage. After the application of the above hurdle, in the event that there are more than the maximum stated number of qualified Bidders, the selection questionnaires will be ranked.

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:

PR140018

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no

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: 6.10.2014 – 11:00
Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

6.10.2014 – 14:00
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

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 6.10.2014 – 14:00

Place:

Electronically, via web-based portal.

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): ERDF, ESIF

VI.3)Additional information

The Contracting Authority expressly reserves the right (i) not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and (ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the procurement; and in no circumstances will the Contracting Authority be liable for any costs incurred by the candidates.
UK Shared Business Services Ltd is managing this procurement process in accordance with the Public Contracts regulations 2006.The services being procured are classified as Part B Services under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006. Accordingly, the publication of this contract notice is not mandatory in respect of these services. Neither the issue of this contract notice, the pre-qualification questionnaire, the invitation to tender or any other tender documents should be taken as acceptance that the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Directive 2004/17/EC or procurement law generally applies to the procurement nor intended to create any contract (express or implied) that the Authority is conducting the tender process in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, Directive 2004/17/EC or procurement law.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

UK Shared Business Services Ltd.
North Star House, North Star Way
SN2 1FF Swindon
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: policy@uksbs.co.uk
Internet address: www.uksbs.co.uk

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

22.9.2014