Services - 396038-2014

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20/11/2014    S224

United Kingdom-Winchester: Business and management consultancy and related services

2014/S 224-396038

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Official name: Hampshire County Council
Postal address: Economy, Transport and Environment Department, The Castle
Town: Winchester
Postal code: SO23 8UD
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Procurement Support
Telephone: +44 1962832323

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Further information can be obtained from:
The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
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.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Enterprise M3 Growth Hub.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
M3 corridor, Counties of Hampshire and Surrey, United Kingdom.

NUTS code UKJ33 Hampshire CC,UKJ23 Surrey

II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
In summary, the Enterprise M3 Growth Hub offers a new way of providing support to the businesses in the Enterprise M3 area. There are five main aspects to the service:
1. Growth Hub Intelligence and Coordination Unit.
This function will include responsibility for financial resource management – including using the Hub as a catalyst to lever more resources, client account and relationship management and the management and coordination of all services delivered through the Growth Hub. It will also include a Business Intelligence function to inform Growth Hub services (e.g. labour market, company information, etc.). Other core functions of this aspect of the Growth Hub will include monitoring and evaluation, partnership development and management and ensuring a joined-up approach with local and national public support services (including UKTI, Growth Accelerator, Innovate UK, MAS, etc.).
2. High Innovation Growth and Priority (HIGP) Business Engagement function.
The HIGP Business Engagement Function needs to provide a strategic business diagnostic service to potential clients in key existing and emerging priority sectors. It will be responsible for initial company engagement, assessment (screening) of ‘suitability' of potential clients for the service, identification of company needs, signposting to other public and private support providers (e.g. UKTI, Growth Accelerator) and preparation of outline support programmes.
3. High Innovation Growth and Priority (HIGP) Business Support.
The main requirement of the HIGP Business Support aspect of the Growth Hub will be developing a network of business service organisations to provide support to the targeted businesses in existing and emerging priority sectors. These specialists will help take the company through its growth journey. It will be important to ensure the network of support providers includes appropriate specialist services offered by local and national public, private, education and third sector support organisations. Our evidence suggests the need for four main HIGP Business Specialist business support thrusts: Market Development, Finance, Supply Chain Development and Collaboration and Innovation.
4. Transactional Business Support Portal.
The Enterprise M3 Growth Hub will offer support for all businesses within the area by providing a portal (website) which will help signpost businesses to existing local and national business support service providers and sources of advice and information. The portal will provide a single point of reference to help businesses navigate their way through the complexity of support and information available from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors that will help them to start, grow and develop their business.
5. Skills for Business Service.
The Skills for Business Service will help develop the pipeline for higher apprenticeships and other vocational pathways particularly at higher level and/or in priority/niche sectors. It will increase business demand for and ability to 'employ' apprentices, with increased SME participation. In addition, it aims to bring businesses and training providers together to develop existing workforce.
Estimated cost excluding VAT:
Range: between 450 000 and 900 000 GBP


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

79400000 Business and management consultancy and related services, 79410000 Business and management consultancy services, 79990000 Miscellaneous business-related services, 79996000 Business organisation 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:

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: no
VI.2)Additional information:

The purpose of this Prior Information Notice is to notify interested organisations of the Enterprise M3 Growth Hub Bidder Engagement Meeting to be held at Hampshire County Council offices in Winchester on Monday 1.12.2014 from 13:00 — 14:00. Interested parties are asked to contact Alan Elder ( to register their intent to participate in the meeting (details of the meeting venue location will be given by Alan Elder).

VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: