United Kingdom-Livingston: Specialist Advisory Services

Notice Abstract
A framework for Specialist Business Advice Services, Business Support and discretionary training to professionally assist organisations within the West Lothian region in particular areas of expertise. The requirement will be split into 7 lots and bidders will be able to forward submissions for a maximum of 3 lots.

Notice Details
Contract notice
Directive 2014/24/EU - Public Sector Directive

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting Change entity
I.1) Name and addresses
West Lothian Council

West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road

Livingston

EH54 6FF

UK

Contact person: Tom Henderson

Telephone: +44 1506281814

E-mail: tom.henderson@westlothian.gov.uk

Fax: +44 1506281325

NUTS: UKM78

Internet address(es)

Main address: http://www.westlothian.gov.uk/article/2468/Contract-Opportunities

Address of the buyer profile: https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA00140

I.3) Communication
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge at:

https://www.publictendersscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk


Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address


Tenders or requests to participate must be sent electronically to:

https://www.publictendersscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk


Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at:

https://www.publictendersscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk


I.4) Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority

I.5) Main activity
General public services

Section II: Object
II.1) Scope of the procurement
II.1.1) Title
Specialist Advisory Services

Reference number: CC9195

II.1.2) Main CPV code
79000000


II.1.3) Type of contract
Services

II.1.4) Short description
A framework for Specialist Business Advice Services, Business Support and discretionary training to professionally assist organisations within the West Lothian region in particular areas of expertise. The requirement will be split into 7 lots and bidders will be able to forward submissions for a maximum of 3 lots.

II.1.6) Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: Yes

Tenders may be submitted for maximum 3 lots

Maximum number of lots that may be awarded to one tenderer: 3

II.2) Description
Lot No: 1

II.2.1) Title
Business Development Consultancy Services

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)
79413000

II.2.3) Place of performance
NUTS code:

UKM78

II.2.4) Description of the procurement
Business Development Consultancy services to assist Business Gateway support with consultancy support to assist businesses in developing their employees and improving the performance of the business. This support will address the current gap in provision to Small to Medium Enterprises and Micro businesses.

II.2.5) Award criteria
Criteria below:

Quality criterion: Understanding the Project Requirement / Weighting: 10

Quality criterion: Service Methodology / Weighting: 25

Quality criterion: Reporting and Engagement / Weighting: 20

Quality criterion: Continuous Improvement & Innovation / Weighting: 5

Quality criterion: Business Continuity Planning / Weighting: 5

Quality criterion: Workforce Matters / Weighting: 5

Price / Weighting: 30

II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Start: 01/04/2019

End: 31/03/2022

This contract is subject to renewal: Yes

Description of renewals:

The contract may be extended for a period of a further 12 months.

II.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
II.2.10) Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: No

II.2.11) Information about options
Options: No

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

Lot No: 2

II.2.1) Title
Finance Consultancy Services

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)
66171000

II.2.3) Place of performance
NUTS code:

UKM78

II.2.4) Description of the procurement
Finance Consultancy services to assist Business Gateway support with consultancy support to assist businesses in developing their employees and improving the performance of the business. This support will address the current gap in provision to Small to Medium Enterprises and Micro businesses.

II.2.5) Award criteria
Criteria below:

Quality criterion: Understanding the Project Requirement / Weighting: 10

Quality criterion: Service Methodology / Weighting: 25

Quality criterion: Reporting and Engagement / Weighting: 20

Quality criterion: Continuous Improvement and Innovation / Weighting: 5

Quality criterion: Business Continuity Planning / Weighting: 5

Quality criterion: Workforce Matters / Weighting: 5

Price / Weighting: 30

II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Start: 01/04/2019

End: 31/03/2022

This contract is subject to renewal: Yes

Description of renewals:

The contract may be renewed for a period of up to a further 12 months.

II.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
II.2.10) Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: No

II.2.11) Information about options
Options: No

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

Lot No: 3

II.2.1) Title
Digital and Social Media Consultancy Services

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)
72000000

II.2.3) Place of performance
NUTS code:

UKM78

II.2.4) Description of the procurement
Digital and Social Media Consultancy services to assist Business Gateway support with consultancy support to assist businesses in developing their employees and improving the performance of the business. This support will address the current gap in provision to Small to Medium Enterprises and Micro businesses.

II.2.5) Award criteria
Criteria below:

Quality criterion: Understanding the Project Requirement / Weighting: 10

Quality criterion: Service Methodology / Weighting: 25

Quality criterion: Reporting and Engagement / Weighting: 20

Quality criterion: Continuous Improvement and Innovation / Weighting: 5

Quality criterion: Business Continuity Planning / Weighting: 5

Quality criterion: Workforce Matters / Weighting: 5

Price / Weighting: 30

II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Start: 01/04/2019

End: 31/03/2022

This contract is subject to renewal: Yes

Description of renewals:

The contract may be extended for a further 12 months.

II.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
II.2.10) Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: No

II.2.11) Information about options
Options: No

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

Lot No: 4

II.2.1) Title
Information Technology Consultancy Services

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)
72222300

II.2.3) Place of performance
NUTS code:

UKM78

II.2.4) Description of the procurement
Information Technology Consultancy Services to assist Business Gateway support with consultancy support to assist businesses in developing their employees and improving the performance of the business. This support will address the current gap in provision to Small to Medium Enterprises and Micro businesses.

II.2.5) Award criteria
Criteria below:

Quality criterion: Understanding the Project Requirement / Weighting: 10

Quality criterion: Service Methodology / Weighting: 25

Quality criterion: Reporting and Engagement / Weighting: 20

Quality criterion: Continuous Improvement and Innovation / Weighting: 5

Quality criterion: Business Continuity Planning / Weighting: 5

Quality criterion: Workforce Matters / Weighting: 5

Price / Weighting: 30

II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Start: 01/04/2019

End: 31/03/2022

This contract is subject to renewal: Yes

Description of renewals:

The contract may be extended for a period of 12 months.

II.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
II.2.10) Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: No

II.2.11) Information about options
Options: No

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

Lot No: 5

II.2.1) Title
Legal Property and HR Consultancy Services

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)
79111000

79630000

70121200

II.2.3) Place of performance
NUTS code:

UKM78

II.2.4) Description of the procurement
Legal, Property and HR Consultancy services to assist Business Gateway support with consultancy support to assist businesses in developing their employees and improving the performance of the business. This support will address the current gap in provision to Small to Medium Enterprises and Micro businesses.

II.2.5) Award criteria
Criteria below:

Quality criterion: Understanding the Project Requirement / Weighting: 10

Quality criterion: Service Methodology / Weighting: 25

Quality criterion: Reporting and Engagement / Weighting: 20

Quality criterion: Continuous Improvement and Innovation / Weighting: 5

Quality criterion: Business Continuity Planning / Weighting: 5

Quality criterion: Workforce Matters / Weighting: 5

Price / Weighting: 30

II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Start: 01/04/2019

End: 31/03/2022

This contract is subject to renewal: Yes

Description of renewals:

The contract may be extended for a period of 12 months.

II.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
II.2.10) Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: No

II.2.11) Information about options
Options: No

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

Lot No: 6

II.2.1) Title
Exporting Consultancy Services

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)
79000000

75211200

79400000

II.2.3) Place of performance
NUTS code:

UKM78

II.2.4) Description of the procurement
Exporting Consultancy Services to assist Business Gateway support with consultancy support to assist businesses in developing their employees and improving the performance of the business. This support will address the current gap in provision to Small to Medium Enterprises and Micro businesses.

II.2.5) Award criteria
Criteria below:

Quality criterion: Understanding the Project Requirement / Weighting: 10

Quality criterion: Service Methodology / Weighting: 25

Quality criterion: Reporting and Engagement / Weighting: 20

Quality criterion: Continuous Improvement and Innovation / Weighting: 5

Quality criterion: Business Continuity Planning / Weighting: 5

Quality criterion: Workforce Matters / Weighting: 5

Price / Weighting: 30

II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Start: 01/04/2019

End: 31/03/2022

This contract is subject to renewal: Yes

Description of renewals:

The contract may be extended for a period of a further 12 months.

II.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
II.2.10) Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: No

II.2.11) Information about options
Options: No

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

Lot No: 7

II.2.1) Title
Environmental Consultancy Services

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)
80540000

80521000

80532000

II.2.3) Place of performance
NUTS code:

UKM78

II.2.4) Description of the procurement
Environmental Consultancy Services to assist Business Gateway support with consultancy support to assist businesses in developing their employees and improving the performance of the business. This support will address the current gap in provision to Small to Medium Enterprises and Micro businesses.

II.2.5) Award criteria
Criteria below:

Quality criterion: Understanding the Project Requirement / Weighting: 10

Quality criterion: Service Methodology / Weighting: 25

Quality criterion: Reporting and Engagement / Weighting: 20

Quality criterion: Continuous Improvement and Innovation / Weighting: 5

Quality criterion: Business Continuity Planning / Weighting: 5

Quality criterion: Workforce Matters / Weighting: 5

Price / Weighting: 30

II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Start: 01/04/2019

End: 31/03/2022

This contract is subject to renewal: Yes

Description of renewals:

The contract may be extended for a further 12 months.

II.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
II.2.10) Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: No

II.2.11) Information about options
Options: No

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1) Conditions for participation
III.1.2) Economic and financial standing
List and brief description of selection criteria:

Bidders must have the following Insurances in place at contract commencement:

Employers Liability 10 000 000 GBP (ten million GBP) subject to legislative requirements.

Public liability 5 000 000 GBP (five million GBP) — Employers should hold insurance at a minimum level of 5 000 000 GBP in line with current legislation unless specifically exempt.

Professional Indemnity — 2 000 000 (two million GBP).

Re ESPD question 4B.6 West Lothian Council will use Dun and Bradstreet’s DBAi financial reporting system to assess the financial stability of tenderers. Tenderers with a Failure Score of 35 or above on the DBAi system will be deemed to have evidenced satisfactory financial stability. Please note that 35- (minus) will not be considered as having met this criteria. If a tenderer has a Failure score of less than 35, the tenderer may be required to submit their last 3 years accounts.

In the event that the tenderer is not required to publish accounts and therefore does not have a Dun & Bradstreet or equivalent rating, tenderers should be able to provide financial accounts when requested. The council will then conduct an analysis of the accounts to ensure that there is no significant financial risk. Please note that if you intend on attaching 2 years accounts, these must include financial data over a 3 year period.

It is recommended that candidates review their own Dun and Bradstreet Score in advance of submitting their tender. If following this review tenderers consider that the Dun and Bradstreet Score does not reflect their current financial status, details of this should be provided, complete with evidence of a good high street credit rating (the equivalent of Dun and Bradstreet score 35) from a recognised credit referencing agency. The council will review any such information as part of the evaluation of Tenderer’s financial status.

In the event that a firm does not meet the financial criteria for consideration but has a parent company that does, the firm may still be eligible for consideration where their Tender Submission is supported by a Parent Company Guarantee. Should after review of the financial evaluation the tenderer fail, then the tender submission may be rejected.


III.1.3) Technical and professional ability
List and brief description of selection criteria:

Bidders are required to provide specific examples of carrying out similar services performed during the last 3 years. Bidders must provide requisite information for all the lots which bids are being submitted.

Bidders will be required to submit CVs for the consultants detailing experience of delivering similar support and training.

Bidders are also required to provide point of contact details at stated respective organisations.

Please note that West Lothian Council reserve the right to request references without notifying yourself.


III.2) Conditions related to the contract
III.2.2) Contract performance conditions
It is an essential requirement that the winning service provider must follow the requirements set out in this service specification and comply with all requirements in the delivery of the service. Notwithstanding any conditions agreed in this service specification, all terms and conditions set out in the main full contract will apply.

III.2.3) Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract
Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure
IV.1) Description
IV.1.1) Type of procedure
Open procedure

IV.1.3) Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement with several operators.

Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement: 28

IV.1.8) Information about 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
Notice number in the OJ S:

2018/S 230-525769

IV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 25/01/2019

Local time: 12:00

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

IV.2.7) Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 25/01/2019

Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information
VI.1) Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: No

VI.3) Additional information
With reference to ESPD question Q2B; complete information for all company directors, using home address.

Confidentiality — All information supplied by the Authority must be treated in confidence and not disclosed to third parties except insofar as this is necessary to obtain sureties or quotations for the purpose of submitting the tender. All information supplied by you to the Authority will similarly be treated in confidence except:

(i) for any information required to be disclosed or otherwise provided by the Authority to any person in order to comply with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and any codes of practice applicable from time to time relating to access to public authorities’ information.

The Tenderer shall co-operate, facilitate, support and assist the Authority in the provision of this information. In the event the Authority is required to provide information to any person as a result of a request made to it under such Act and/or codes, the Authority shall adhere to the requirements of such Act and/or codes in disclosing information relating to this Agreement, the Project documents and the Contractor;

(ii) that references may be sought from banks, existing or past clients, or other referees submitted by the tenderers;

(iii) for the disclosure of such information with regard to the outcome of the procurement process as may be required to be published in the Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union in accordance with EU directives or elsewhere in accordance with the requirements of UK government policy on the disclosure of information relating to government contracts.

Additional Information within the Invitation to Tender for Quality Management and Health and Safety requirements can be found at the following link: https://www.westlothian.gov.uk/article/11428/Changes-to-Public-Procurement-Rules.

The HSE website will be checked for breaches. Should West Lothian Council's Health and Safety team not be satisfied with the outcome your tender will be rejected.

Economic operators may be excluded from this competition if they are in any of the situations referred to in regulation 58 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015.

For further information regarding regulated procurements of OJEU threshold and above, please refer to Regulations 58 and 59 of The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015.

Police Scotland will be consulted with regards to Serious and Organised Crime checks. Any links to this type of activity may cause your tender to be rejected.

The framework will allow for a maximum of 28 Providers — 7 Lots of 4.

The buyer is using PCS-Tender to conduct this ITT exercise. The Project code is 12207. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2343

(SC Ref:566233).

VI.4) Procedures for review
VI.4.1) Review body
West Lothian Council

West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road

Livingston

EH54 6FF

UK

Telephone: +44 1506281814

Fax: +44 1506281325

Internet address(es)

URL: http://www.westlothian.gov.uk/article/2468/Contract-Opportunities

VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice
07/12/2018