Somerset Skills and Learning (the Potential PSM) is a traded unit of Somerset County Council (CC) and under contract with the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to deliver 16-18 and adult learning and skills.
Approximately 300 staff, 160 full-time employees, currently deliver various non-statutory services.
A project to externalise the organisation via a sub-contract was started in 2011, and in June 2012 the Senior Leadership team of the CC requested that a further review was undertaken with a view to outsourcing or sub-contracting out the services.
External assistance is therefore required to explore the potential for the creation of a Social Enterprise, potentially as part of a wider joint venture between Somerset Skills and Learning and other public services that may be looking to move out of the CC.
The Potential PSM has met previously with an external consultancy firm to identify the different forms the Social Enterprise could take, but still needs to evaluate the different operational models available, and agree on the best model going forward. The Potential PSM has begun consultation with middle management and formed a staff representative group.
The Potential PSM would like to explore the option of operating as a Teckal Company, which would receive a service concession from the CC to deliver on its behalf.
External assistance is required for the creation of a robust business plan to explore this option, and to present to the CC.
To participate in this procurement, Potential Providers must first be registered on the Government Procurement Service e-Sourcing Suite.
If you have not yet registered on the eSourcing Suite, this can be done online at https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk by following the link ‘Register for GPS eSourcing’.
Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so at the Invitation to Tender stage.
Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at
Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, you will need to express and interest for the Somerset Skills & Learning MSP Contract. This is done by emailing ExpressionOfInterest@gps.gsi.gov.uk.
Your email must clearly state:
• the name of this procurement (Somerset Skills & Learning MSP Contract) and the RM reference number (RM1146-SB);
• the name of the registered supplier; and
• the name and contact details for the registered individual sending
Government Procurement Service will then process this email and assign your organisation to the opportunity. The registered user will receive a notification email to alert them once this has been done.
If the registered user does not receive this notification email within 24 hours you must contact the eSourcing Suite Helpdesk on 0345 010 3603 to raise this and to ensure your expression of interest has been received.
The Final Invitation to Tender will be issued on Friday, 23 November 2012 and therefore suppliers can register on the eSourcing Suite between the issue date of this Contracts Finder advert and the above deadline date. It is advised however that Potential Providers register as soon as practically possible in order to receive the Invitation to Tender and have a sufficient amount of time to respond.
For technical assistance on use of the eSourcing Suite please contact the
Freephone: 0345 010 3503