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1. About us
1.1. The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) has a central role in determining local economic priorities and securing investment to support business innovation and growth. To do this we link together the public and private sectors with academia to coordinate housing, transport, commercial development, energy infrastructure and raise workforce skills, in line with employers’ needs, for the benefit of the wider economic area. We prioritise driving up productivity, creating jobs and promoting long-term, sustainable growth.
1.2. SEMLEP has three main roles in delivering strategic economic growth.
1.2.1. Setting the strategic direction for the area’s future economic opportunities, challenges and priorities.
1.2.2. Direct intervention to increase growth. We are responsible for securing and overseeing the spend of two main sources of growth funding as well as coordinating business support through our Growth Hub
1.2.3. Facilitating growth by convening partners to assist cross-boundary collaboration on short and long-term economic issues.
2.1. Our aim is deliver our Local Industrial Strategy and do as much as we can to support businesses and community through COVID-19 and beyond and ensure we have a robust and resilient business community where possible.
2.2. We are developing a COVID-19 Recovery Strategy with the aim of presenting an initial approach and actions to the Board in July 2020. This will be an iterative process with more details developing and also refinements as circumstances, the evidence base and priorities emerge further.
2.3. The Board have expressed a strong view to ensure that the approach to COVID-19 Recovery is inclusive and addresses the whole community.
3. Key requirements
3.1. We are seeking consultants to work alongside the SEMLEP team and other experts or consultancy support that is contracted to ensure that inclusive approach. We are seeking consultants who are able to demonstrate expertise and experience in delivering an inclusive approach based around Equality and Diversity obligations but also recognising the impacts of COVID-19 on non-protected groups including young people.
3.2. We are aiming to create a partnership for 18months-24months to work on these issues and advise SEMLEP on our approach and help us design and embed that inclusive approach into our strategy, implementation and operations, to further develop our existing Equality and Diversity Policy.
3.3. We have 6 objectives for the work:
- To ensure SEMLEP’s Economic Recovery Strategy is devised, developed and delivered in a way that embeds equality and diversity
- To ensure a process for assessing equality impact of SEMLEP’s interventions and enables actions to be identified and implemented that minimizes negative impacts and maximizes positive ones
- To ensure SEMLEP has in place an evidence base, and associated metrics, that enables the performance and success of its recovery plan, in relation to equality and diversity, to be monitored measured and reported on
- To ensure that SEMLEP is accessible and inclusive in every way it communicates and provides information to its diverse communities.
- To ensure that SEMLEP recognizes the communities it represents and is assisting in its governance and engagement
- To ensure SEMLEP can effectively and appropriately supports its Growth Hub members and other key stakeholders with inclusive recovery
3.2 We seek a programme of activities to embed equality, diversity and inclusion into SEMLEP post COVID-19 activities and meet those objectives under the following headings:
Review the economic evidence base
- Assessment the strategy and interventions being developed
- Support to our communications team to ensure accessible and inclusive communications
- Support the further development of our engagement and governance
- Enable our SEMLEP Growth Hub to further ensure accessible and inclusive delivery
- Work with partners to ensure inclusive programme and project development
- Act as advisor, critical friend and supporter of robust and inclusive strategy, governance and delivery at SEMLEP
3.3 The project will be overseen by the Director of Programmes and Governance working with the wider Executive Team and in particular the Strategy Team, SEMLEP Growth Hub and the Communications Team.
4. Deliverable Timescales
RFQ issued 1st June 2020
Closing date for quotes 10 June – 5pm
Interviews or appointment of supplier 15 June 2020
Contract start date By 22 June 2020
Contract end date 31 March 2022
The budget for this work will be up to 40,000 GBP including VAT up to 31 March 2022.
6. Selection and Award Criteria
This RfQ application has a two-stage process: Part A and Part B. The first stage will assess Part A in accordance with the Selection Criteria that assesses the ability of the tenderer to perform a contract based on qualitative information related to the economic and financial standing of the applicant, suitability, equalities and insurance. If the application passes stage one that is Part A, it will be assessed under the Award Criteria “Part B”, stage two.
Stage One - Selection Criteria
Section 3 to 5 of the application form is Part A. Questions 1, 3, 5, 6 and 7 are pass / reject. If you fail these questions, your application will be rejected.
Stage Two - Award Criteria
If your application passes on “Part A” it will progress to “Part B” that is the Award Criteria. The applications will be scored under the Award Criteria set out in Annex 1.
7. RFQ responses
Please note that your response must include:
- SEMLEP’s RFQ Application Form fully completed
- Any additional information you wish to provide to support your response. Please keep additional information to no more than 3 A4 pages
- All prices quoted shall be fixed and firm and shall apply for the full duration of the contract.
- All costs are deemed to include expenses and any other on-cost.
- All prices quoted shall be inclusive of Value Added Tax (VAT)
- The quotation response must be on SEMLEP’s Request for Quotation Application Form
- Any queries regarding completion of the response please email email@example.com or contact us on 01234 436100
- Please send your completed forms and any supporting information electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the tender in the subject header. Please note we do not want hard copies to be sent in the post.
Annex 1: AWARD CRITERIA EVALUATION
Criteria Score Score Score Weighting (%)
Price: It is necessary to illustrate the value for money in the proposal and how your proposal will deliver the best value per GBP of public funds. Exceptional, covered thoroughly, prices are very good and better than other suppliers. Score 8-10 Average. Brief covered adequately; Prices are reasonable. Score 4-7 Bidder meets or does not meet requirements of brief. Score 0-3 30%
Ability to deliver the required service quality and within timescales: Outlines what is to be delivered and how will be delivered. Exceptional, covered thoroughly, Score 8-10 Average. Brief covered adequately, Score 4-7 Bidder meets or does not meet requirements of brief. Score 0-3 20%
Overall quality of submission: Give clarity of the offer and structure of proposal. Exceptional, covered thoroughly, have provided a very good response, covered the structure of proposal and have provided 2 referees. Average. Brief covered adequately, haven't provided 2 referees or have not provide a good structure proposal. Bidder meets or does not meet requirements of brief. 15%
Quality of delivery: Provide details about the quality of delivery indicating key members of the team that will be working on the project and relevant experience Exceptional, covered thoroughly, have provided a satisfactory information of the key members that will be involved on the project delivery and their relevant experience compared to the requirements of the brief. Has provided very good response, covered the structure of proposal and 8-10 Average. Has provided adequate / fair information regarding the key members that will be involved on the project delivery and their relevant experience compared to the requirements of the brief 4 -7 Poor, have not provided satisfactory information 0-3 30%
Social Value: The proposal needs to show the social value of the contract and how your business contributes to the society and community in which you operate. Exceptional, covered thoroughly, providing apprenticeship and placements, helping local charities and other community work. Score 8-10 Average. Brief covered adequately, Do community and charity work but do not provide apprenticeship/ placements or vice versa. Score 4-7 Does not meet requirements of brief. Score 0-3 5%