Services - 202773-2014

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18/06/2014    S115

United Kingdom-Cardiff: Business services: law, marketing, consulting, recruitment, printing and security

2014/S 115-202773

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Official name: Welsh Government
Postal address: Corporate Procurement (Procurement), CP2 Cathays Park
Town: Cardiff
Postal code: CF10 3NQ
Country: United Kingdom
For the attention of: Arwel Williams
Telephone: +44 2920826731

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Further information can be obtained from:
Official name: Welsh Government
Postal address: QED Centre, Main Avenue, Treforest Industrial Estate, Treforest
Town: Pontypridd
Postal code: CF37 5YR
Country: United Kingdom
For the attention of: Arwel Williams
Telephone: +44 1443845886
Internet address:

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
National or federal agency/office
I.3)Main activity
General public services
Economic and financial affairs
Housing and community amenities
Social protection
Recreation, culture and religion
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Accelerated Growth Programme.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 27: Other services


II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The Welsh Ministers are seeking to engage with quality providers to deliver a key segment of their support to start-up businesses and Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs), typically trading up to 7 years (exceptions will be considered beyond this limit), that have high growth aspirations and potential.
The successful contractor will be expected to work with a range of start ups and existing SMEs within Wales. The ratio of start ups to existing SMEs supported will be in the region of 30/70. Welsh Government business support will be capped (amount to be confirmed) and support over and above this level will attract a fee. Tenderers will need to evidence how this will be achieved.
The Accelerated Growth Programme will be delivered through one lead contractor on a pan Wales basis, who will need to demonstrate that they have the skill sets and resources required to support high growth SMEs and Start-ups in all sectors. It is intended that the contract period will run from 1.1.2015 to 31.12.2020. Annual break clauses will be included in the contract which may be exercised for non contractual compliance, reduction in Welsh Government budgetary allocation, change in service direction/policy or any other reason deemed appropriate by the Welsh Ministers to exercise the break clause.
Please note that consortia bids are encouraged for this tender exercise. Please refer to for advice and assistance on joint bidding. Furthermore, it is the intention of Welsh Government to host a workshop to provide support and guidance to potential tenderers on joint bidding opportunities. Support for potential consortium members will be provided by the Wales Cooperative Centre.
Please note that this project is subject to European Funding approval. Funding has therefore only been approved for the first year of the contract term.
Please also note that the value is indicative only and is dependant on demand for the service which cannot be guaranteed.
Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Sell2Wales Web Site at
Estimated cost excluding VAT: 20 000 000 GBP


This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79000000 Business services: law, marketing, consulting, recruitment, printing and security, 79900000 Miscellaneous business and business-related services, 79400000 Business and management consultancy and related services, 79411100 Business development consultancy services

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:
Please note, this is specifically for supporting businesses with high growth potential.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)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): Not applicable at this stage - awaiting approval of EU funding.
VI.2)Additional information:
(WA Ref:11158)
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: