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United Kingdom-Stirling: Business development consultancy services
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/content/tenders
Address of the buyer profile: https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA20802
Section II: Object
Circular Economy Support Framework
Zero Waste Scotland wishes to appoint a contractor/s for the provision of technical, specialist and general business support functions to support the delivery of the circular economy business support service. This will be through a multi-lot, multiple supplier framework agreement.
Support may be provided at locations across Scotland, including the Highlands and Islands, dependent upon the location of the support recipient.
The technical services provided will primarily support the circular economy activator workstream by helping ensure that supported SMEs have access to specialist sectoral and/or market knowledge to help with proof of concept and market validation that enables a more robust and demonstrable understanding of their anticipated market. This may include demand, barriers to entry, regulatory and permitting requirements, and the optimum route to market.
It may also be required, from time to time, to provide more specialist support to SMEs within both the circular economy primer and the circular economy implementation support workstreams where this provide more effective and efficient delivery of the requirements.
It is essential that the services are delivered in such a way that incorporates and develops outputs from previous stages of support or liaises with other agencies where support elements have or are being delivered in tandem.
Zero Waste Scotland anticipates appointing up to 3 suppliers (the “Framework Contractor(s)”) to this lot, subject to the number of eligible tender submissions received.
This agreement may be extended by up to a further 2, 12-month periods, subject to satisfactory performance, continued funding and prior agreement between Zero Waste Scotland and the contractor.
Scottish Government ERDF Programme 2015-2020, Strategic Intervention: Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme.
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.
Circular Economy Primer
The technical services provided will support the circular economy primer workstream by helping ensure that supported SMEs are better developed and equipped in terms of knowledge, guidance and understanding necessary to identify and implement circular economy approaches that incentivise sustainable consumption and deliver sustainable production in fulfilment of the SMEs services and/or products.
It is essential that the range of support services provided through this lot are delivered in ways that are innovative, flexible and sufficiently adaptable to a range of SME types primarily across (but not limited to) the priority sectors.
Zero Waste Scotland anticipates appointing up to 3 suppliers (the ‘Framework Contractor(s)’) to this lot, however this is subject to the number of eligible tender submissions received.
Circular Economy Implementation Support
The technical services provided will support the circular economy implementation support workstream by helping ensure that supported SMEs have access to the range of additional resources necessary to implement changes to products and service models as identified within their support plan. This includes the provision of interns and/or interim managers.
It is essential that the range of resources available through this Lot are appropriate for the types of task that may be required, capable and have some experience of working within a range of SME types primarily across (but not limited to) the priority sectors.
Zero Waste Scotland anticipates appointing three Suppliers (the ‘Framework Contractor(s)’) to this lot, however this is subject to the number of eligible tender submissions received.
Business Development and Commercialisation
The technical services provided will primarily support the circular economy activator workstream by helping ensure that supported SMEs have access to specialist business development and/or commercialisation knowledge to help prepare for full commercial rollout of their proposition. This will provide them with a more robust and demonstrable understanding of their business approach, including initial business models and financials, structural and/or process changes required for transition, and the life-cycle and sustainability of their product or service design.
Zero Waste Scotland anticipates appointing a minimum of three suppliers (the ‘Framework Contractor(s)’) to this lot, subject to the number of eligible tender submissions received.
This agreement shall be for a period of around 23 months from the commencement date, to 31.3.2022, unless the maximum value for this agreement are achieved prior to this date, or the agreement is terminated earlier.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1.1) of the notice is not applicable to this procurement exercise.
Section A of Part IV of the ESPD (Scotland) is not being used for this Contract Opportunity.
Statements for 4B.5.1-3
The bidder confirms that they already have or can commit to obtain, prior to the commencement of the contract, the levels of insurance cover indicated in the relevant contract notice (employer’s (compulsory) liability insurance).
The bidder confirms that they already have or can commit to obtain, prior to the commencement of the contract, the levels of insurance cover indicated in the relevant contract notice (for other insurances).
It is a requirement of this contract that bidders hold, or can commit to obtain prior to the commencement of any subsequently awarded contract, the types and levels of insurance indicated below:
Employer’s (compulsory) liability insurance = 5 000 000,00 GBP;
Public liability insurance = 5 000 000,00 GBP;
Professional Indemnity Insurance = as noted in the tender document
Note: Bidders should refer to the ‘Supporting Information for Supplier Selection’, which is provided as an additional document for this procurement exercise, for further information on submission of evidence and how responses to these questions will be evaluated.
Statement for 4C.1.2
Please provide relevant examples of supplies and/or services carried out during the last three years as specified in the contract notice. Examples from both public and/or private sector customers and clients may be provided.
Statement for 4C.7
Please provide details of the environmental management measures which the bidder will be able to use when performing the contract:
Bidders will be required to provide examples that demonstrate that they have the relevant experience to deliver the services/suppliers as described in part II.2.4 of the OJEU Contract Notice, or the relevant section of the site notice.
Bidders will be required to confirm that they will employ environmental management measures that meet the following requirements:
Support the reduction or prevention of negative environmental impacts when delivering the required services.
Note: Bidders should refer to the ‘Supporting Information for Supplier Selection', which is provided as an additional document for this procurement exercise, for further information on submission of evidence and how responses to these questions will be evaluated.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
Zero Waste Scotland is not using the ESPD module on PCS for this procurement exercise. Bidders must therefore download the ESPD (Scotland) provided for this procurement exercise as an additional document in order to prepare a response.
Failure to follow the instructions provided in either the ‘Supporting Information for Supplier Selection’ document or the tender document may result in your ESPD (Scotland) response and/or tender submission being ruled non-compliant. Please read these instructions carefully prior to completing and submitting any response. Any questions relating to these instructions must be raised using the question and answer facility through the PCS website.
The questions, weightings and scoring methodology for selection criteria can be found in the ‘Supporting Information for Supplier Selection’ document.
Bidders are reminded that only information provided as a direct response to the ESPD (Scotland) will be evaluated. Bidders should complete their response on the basis that Zero Waste Scotland, its staff and advisers have no prior knowledge of their organisation.
Bidders should note that Zero Waste Scotland will carry out due diligence checking on statements made within ESPD (Scotland) responses. A request from Zero Waste Scotland to provide evidence in support of statements made by a Bidder in their ESPD (Scotland) response does not infer that the Bid or the Bidder has been successful.
Quality submissions will be scored using the Scottish Government's recommended scoring convention:
4 = Excellent: response is completely relevant and excellent overall. The response is comprehensive, unambiguous and demonstrates a thorough understanding of the requirement and provides details of how the requirement will be met in full.
3 = Good: response is relevant and good. The response is sufficiently detailed to demonstrate a good understanding and provides details on how the requirements will be fulfilled.
2 = Acceptable: response is relevant and acceptable. The response addresses a broad understanding of the requirement but may lack details on how the requirement will be fulfilled in certain areas.
1 = Poor: response is partially relevant but generally poor. The response addresses some elements of the requirement but contains insufficient/limited details or explanation to demonstrate how the requirement will be fulfilled.
0 = Unacceptable: nil or inadequate response. Fails to demonstrate an ability to meet the requirement.
Please do not contact Zero Waste Scotland following a response or submission to enquire if or when a decision will be made. An indicative timetable is provided in the contract notice, and Zero Waste Scotland will inform all bidders of decisions or delays at the same time, by email to the nominated contact only as identified in your response or submission.
Note: to register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Website at https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=610534
The buyer has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the Postbox facility. A user guide is available at https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/sitehelp/help_guides.aspx
Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems.
A sub-contract clause has been included in this contract. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2363
The contracting authority does not intend to include any community benefit requirements in this contract for the following reason:
The social, economic and environmental considerations are so integral to the requirement that it is difficult to separate them out from the requirement.
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