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Worcestershire Business Start Up and High Growth Start Up Programme.

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Worcestershire County Council
County Hall, Spetchley Road
WR5 2NP Worcester
United Kingdom

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
Regional or local authority
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)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Worcestershire Business Start Up and High Growth Start Up Programme.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 1: Maintenance and repair services

NUTS code UKG12

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)
Worcestershire.
Business Start Up AND High Growth Start Up Programme.
Sustainable economic growth and business growth is a key priority for the County Council, the district councils and the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership. Set out in our corporate plan the Open for Business strategy focuses on ‘rebalancing’ Worcestershire's local economy through a series of measures aimed at encouraging and supporting private sector investment, business and employment growth.
Central to the long term fortunes of the County are a large proportion of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) which account for over 90 % of all Worcestershire businesses and between them generate a high proportion of the County's Gross Value Added. New businesses will play a significant role in growing the Worcestershire economy, one of the fastest growing economies in the Country.
The Start-Up and High Growth Start-Up support programme will run from June 2017 - July 2019. The programme aims to stimulate enterprise, develop new market opportunities, encourage investment, create new jobs and facilitate start-up and high growth start-up. The programme is being led by Worcestershire County Council with The Princes Trust and The University of Worcester acting as delivery partners and builds upon the successful Enterprising Worcestershire programme (2013 - 2015), which was part funded by the European Regional Development Fund).
The project will provide business advice and support to individuals in Worcestershire in order to enable them to start new enterprises, provide additional advice and support to those and other early stage SMEs in the county, as well as deliver high growth support to a number of pre-start and early stage enterprises with high growth potential.
The programme will be complimented by a grant fund which will be administered by the County Council and will offer grants of between 1 000 GBP and 5 000 GBP at a rate of 50 % match funding to eligible SMEs.
The County Council is seeking to appoint service providers for the provision of business start-up and high growth start-up support, as part of the Enterprising Worcestershire Start -Up and High growth Start-Up Programme through funding from the European Regional Development Fund, County and District Councils.
There are 3 specific strands of support detailed below and split into lots as follows:
Lot 1 General Start-Up Support.
Lot 2-5 Early Stage business Support.
Lot 6 High Growth Start-Up Support.
The target beneficiaries will be entrepreneurs or early stage SME's based within Worcestershire or seeking to re-locate to Worcestershire, that require support in order to start their businesses or to grow businesses already trading for less than 36 months. These will typically be small businesses that are trading or intending to trade 70 % business to business (B2B) however, business to consumer (e.g. retail) is permitted in terms of pre-start up support under Lot 1 (see extract from eligibility rules below). Our expectation is that the majority of clients will be operating business to business.
The closing date for tender applications is 16:00 on Friday 21st April.
For details of how to apply for any of the Lots within this tender please read the Tender Guidance Document. Please answer all questions that are applicable to the Lot or Lots that you are bidding for.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79411100

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
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: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Starting 21.6.2017. Completion 31.7.2019

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: General Start-Up Support
1)Short description
The standard start-up offer will deliver at least 12 hours of business support to a minimum of 350 pre-start businesses individuals. It will focus on ensuring clients have the necessary tools to start a business and the fundamentals in place to demonstrate good prospects for survival. The support provided should cover elements such as business awareness sessions, business registration and initial business planning support. A minimum of 180 new businesses should start trading as a result of this support, leading to the creation of a minimum of 198 jobs.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79410000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open
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
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
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:
SYSTEM 00000182
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
21.4.2017
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

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information
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
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
9.3.2017