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Steps to Work are looking for an organisation that can deliver community based skills development - related activities and/or employability - related activities to people who have visual impairment. Activities must support participants who are ...

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Steps to Work (Walsall) Ltd
Challenge Building, Hatherton Road
United Kingdom
Contact person: Tamara Crutchley
NUTS code: UKG35

Internet address(es):

Main address:

I.2)Joint procurement
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Other type: voluntary notice — see further information
I.5)Main activity

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Building Better Opportunities - Multiple Barriers (Tamworth, Cannock, Lichfield and East Staffordshire).

II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

Steps to Work are looking for an organisation that can deliver community based skills development - related activities and/or employability - related activities to people who have visual impairment. Activities must support participants who are unemployed or economically inactive in any district (Tamworth, Cannock, Lichfield and East Staffordshire). The programme is funded by the Big Lottery and the EU European Social Fund.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
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: UKG24
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Steps to Work is seeking an organisation to join it and its existing partners to deliver the Building Better Opportunities programme in Staffordshire. The programme involves helping those who are unemployed, but want to get back into work, prepare for work, make the most of their skills and abilities and provide support to overcome any barriers by offering a variety of services tailored to individual needs. The programme will have a specific focus on people who are most at risk of social exclusion. This includes, but is not limited to people who are 50 or older, people living in areas of high unemployment, people from BAME communities, people living in single-adult households and people with caring responsibilities.

The services may include:

1) a holistic assessment of an individuals needs and individualised action planning,

2) activities to help with things like confidence building and motivation and soft skills such as communication, interpersonal and analytical skills,

3) CV writing support and guidance,

4) job search support,

5) the provision of employment and training activities,

6) support to develop new skills,

7) the provision of ongoing support for those who progress into employment.

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: 144 000.00 GBP
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Start: 20/03/2017
End: 03/04/2017
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
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: yes
Identification of the project: Building Better Opportunities.
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
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
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
Open 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: no
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: 03/04/2017
Local time: 16:00
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:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 04/04/2017
Local time: 09:00

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:

The services required are best classified as ‘Community, Social and Personal services’ and related to a ‘Community Action Programme’. These services are ‘Social and Other Specific Services’ for the purposes of Regulation 73 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. In publishing this notice and conduction a transparent procurement procedure in accordance with Regulation 73, Steps to Work is complying with its contractual obligations under its current programme which include complying with the Regulations as if it were a contracting authority.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Steps to Work (Walsall) Ltd
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

Steps to Work will incorporate a minimum 10 day standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to organisations by way of a standstill letter. The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the Regulations to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: