Economic impact assessment
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Digital Knowledge Exchange 2
The digital enterprise programme aims to help small to medium sized businesses to grow with the help of digital technology. The vision and aspiration is to support small firms to achieve digital transformation as they scale up and grow. The programme will target businesses that are looking to scale up with the help of the most appropriate digital solutions for their needs and to achieve higher levels of productivity, competitiveness and innovation through the better use of digital technology. This tender is divided into 2 lots.
Lot 1:The Digital Knowledge Exchange 2
The exchange will have a target of assisting at least 450 SMEs (small to medium sized enterprises), with at least 12 hours of support, in the form of workshops, masterclasses, mentoring and other assistance, where appropriate. 350 of the businesses assisted will be uniquely assisted by the DKE i.e. not receiving any other form of assistance from the wider programme. In addition, businesses will need to be assessed for eligibility for ERDF support and the type/level of support/assistance required to meet their needs.
The overall service provision will include a broad range of digital topics relevant for business growth and development, delivered through a range of channels and methods.
The contractor will be responsible for ensuring that 750 businesses participating in the Digital Enterprise programme are eligible for ERDF support, including sector, size, location and business activity and not undertakings in financial difficulty.
Lot 2: The DE Top 100 Campaign
The Digital Enterprise Top 100 will directly benefit the overall Digital Enterprise 2.0 programme, promoting the benefits of digital transformation to small business owners and managers and encouraging them to participate in the wider programme. The campaign is expected to run for up to 4 months over 3 consecutive years and will include:
1) The development and delivery of the Top 100 campaign — including management and development of a campaign website;
2) Creation of a Top 100 special report; and
3) A celebration event.
This contract is ERDF funded.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
Leeds City Council's Procurement and Commercial Services.
Section VI: Complementary information
Interested parties can download the standard selection questionnaire and the tender documentation directly from https://www.yortender.co.uk by using the scheme ID:DN433980
Requests for documentation should not be made by telephone or email. The documentation should be completed and returned by no later than the deadline of noon on 16.10.2019. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Tenderers should note that if the council wish to carry out new services at the end of this contract, which are a repetition of similar services detailed in this notice, then those additional services may be procured using the negotiated procedure without publication of a notice in accordance with Regulation 32 (9) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
The authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar days standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further information from the contracting authority before the contract is entered into.
Such additional information should be requested from the addressee found in I.1). If an appeal regarding the award of a contract has not been successfully resolved the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 No 102) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought promptly (within 30 days beginning with the date when the economic operator first knew or ought to have known that grounds for such action had arisen).
Where a contract has not been entered into the court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the authority to amend any document and may award damages. Following the correct implementation of a 10 day standstill period and publication of appropriate notices the court may only award damages once the contract has been entered into.
|Award Criteria||The most economic tender|
|Date Published||13th Sep 2019|
|Main Activities||General public services|
|Common Procurement Vocabulary||Economic impact assessment|
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