United Kingdom - Manchester: Business and management consultancy services

Organisation text: 
ChamberLink Ltd t/a Business Support Solutions
Main activities: 
Contract award notice
Type of contract: 
Bid type: 
Not applicable
Awarding procedure: 
Restricted procedure
Award criteria: 
The most economic tender
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Tender cycle: 
Tender ID: 
2017/S 055-102809

Contract award notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority


Name, addresses and contact point(s)

ChamberLink Ltd t/a Business Support Solutions
Lee House, 90 Great Bridgewater St
For the attention of: Nick Batty
M1 5JW Manchester
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1612374044
E-mail: nick.batty@businessgrowthhub.com

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.businessgrowthhub.com/

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.businessgrowthhub.com/

Electronic access to information: http://www.businessgrowthhub.com/tenders


Type of the contracting authority
Other: private company running publicly funded projects


Main activity
Other: support to local businesses via public funded projects


Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract




Title attributed to the contract
Targeting R&D for Export 2 (TR&DE2).


Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services



Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement


Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
Business Support Solutions (BSS) wishes to appoint a provider to deliver the defined services of the Targeting R&D for Export (TR&DE2) programme. TR&DE2 will provide intensive, specialist support to 125 North West based businesses to help develop the commercial potential of their R&D to maximise opportunities from globalisation and emerging markets. The programme is delivered in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT) and the North West Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

We are looking to appoint a Service Delivery Partner (SDP) to deliver clearly identified areas of business support that will enhance the overall support provided by DIT and NW LEPs. We expect the SDP to demonstrate their ability to offer, or have access too, high quality business support in subjects such as business planning, taxation, Intellectual Property law, sales and marketing, international business planning/strategy, etc.

Another key element is in the promotion and recruitment of NW business which are investing in R&D projects and to demonstrate their ability to reach out to these businesses to ensure businesses are aware of this programme and the benefits it offers. A company must be eligible to claim HMRC R&D Tax Credits to be eligible for this programme.

TR&DE2 is also designed to ensure we impart high quality business development and knowledge to NW businesses. Therefore, we require the SDP to demonstrate their ability to plan and arrange workshops and master classes addressing many of the common issues companies face when looking to launch new products, services and technologies into new overseas markets.


Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79410000, 79411100


Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes


Total final value of contract(s)


Total final value of contract(s)

Section IV: Procedure


Type of procedure


Type of procedure


Award criteria


Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of
1. Not awarded. Weighting 100


Information about electronic auction


Administrative information


File reference number attributed by the contracting authority


Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Contract notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2017/S 029-053000 of 10.2.2017

Section V: Award of contract

Contract No: T17020 Lot title: Process Discontinued- Not awarded


Date of contract award decision:


Information about offers


Name and address of economic operator in favour of whom the contract award decision has been taken

Contract Not Awarded


Information on value of contract


Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information


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): Targeting R&D for Export 2 (TR&DE2) is a North West regional programme funded by ERDF delivered by the Department for International Trade (DIT) with matched funding in collaboration with the sub regional Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP); i.e. Greater Manchester LEP, Cheshire and Warrington LEP, Lancashire LEP, Liverpool LEP and Cumbria LEP.


Additional information:
On behalf of the Department for International Trade (formerly UK Trade and Investment), ChamberLink Ltd t/a Business Support Solutions, a subsidiary of Manchester Growth Company, has delivered International Trade Services to thousands of North West companies since 2007. We have helped companies of all sizes to realise their international trade potential, encourage export opportunities and growth into global markets

Business Support Solutions' specialist International Trade Advisers help companies to:

— Acquire skills, contacts and confidence to start exporting or to break into new markets;

— Work closely with DIT's global network of advisers, to ensure UK businesses are given the best advice about exporting to their chosen destinations;

— Identify the most appropriate market visits to attend to showcase products/services;

— Identify relevant events to complement business activity.

The contract period will be from the effective date of 1.5.2017 until 31.12.2018, (with an option to extend the contract for a further 24 months subject to funding and further requirements.)

PPQ documents can be accessed and downloaded via the Business Growth Hub Website: http://www.businessgrowthhub.com/tenders.

Please note that suppliers who are selected at the PQQ stage will be required to return the ITT within 10 days of issue.


Procedures for appeal


Body responsible for appeal procedures


Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Business Support Solutions will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar days standstill period at the point of information on the decision to award the contract is communicated to bidders in accordance with Regulation 32A of the Public Contract Regulations 2015. Any bidder wishing to appeal the decision to award the contract, or after the award of the contract, appeal the award, shall have the rights as set out in Part 9 of the Public Contract Regulations.


Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained


Date of dispatch of this notice:
Low Value Tender: