Mutuals Support Programme Lewisham Council Rushey Green Early Childhood Centre Contract

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Created on04/03/2013
Reference numberRM1214-SB076
Deadline date20/03/2013
This deadline is for...Submission of a Tender response. More information on how to register can be found in ‘How to apply instructions to suppliers’
Estimated length of contract6 Months
Estimated value£1 - £40,000
Location where the contract is to be carried outUnited Kingdom
Is this suitable for smaller suppliers?Yes
Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations?Yes
Name of the buying organisation Government Procurement Service (on behalf of Cabinet Office) (see other contracts from this organisation)

Description of the contract

Rushey Green Early Childhood Centre (the “Potential PSM”) is a nursery service seeking to spin out of Lewisham Council (the “Parent Body”). They have a turnover of approx £0.5m and there are 23 members of staff - all staff are currently full time, however, the Potential PSM intend to have a variety of posts available in the future including, full time and term-time positions. Following a decision by the Parent Body to no longer provide nursery services in house, the services managers of the “Potential PSM” developed an outline business case (please see separate attachment for outline business case) in September 2012 to take the service out and run it independently - this was successful and the “Parent Body” funded initial market testing which indicated viability (market testing has been covered within the outline business plan – please see separate attachment). The Parent Body has indicated that the ‘go live’ date is 1 September 2013 and are therefore keen to have a clearer way forward on the legal structure of the mutual – including employee terms and conditions, sick pay policy and pensions . The Potential PSM has not received any legal advice on these matters and to date, no work has been undertaken by the Parent Body’s HR team on HR matters. The joint service managers for the Potential PSM have however undertaken a small amount of desk research on staff terms and conditions. The Parent Body are supportive of the Potential PSM and working co-operatively over matters around asset transfer and leasing. Initial discussions on leasing options for the building, have been held, but as yet, no formal negotiations have taken place. Staff are eager for the mutual project to succeed and committed to continue to deliver independent of the Parent Body. The “Potential PSM” receives no other finding from the Parent Body as it competes in a market for nursery places – there is currently a lengthy waiting list (please see separate attachment for nursery fee chart). They offer a variety of childcare places and are referred vulnerable families (including homeless families, children with special needs, low income families) by health professionals and have achieved an ‘outstanding’ OFSTED rating. The Potential PSM is led by the joint service managers who have successfully run it for the past 13 years (both service managers work full time and will continue to do so). They have a clear picture of their ingoings and outgoings (please see separate attachment for financial plan). They are used to managing their service (both from a delivery and a budget management perspective) and operating in a market. They are aware that they will need to develop skills via their board, in order to build on commercial experience, secure working capital and focus on growth.


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Additional information

Additional NotesTo 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 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 Mutuals Support Programme – Lewisham Council – Rushey Green Early Childhood Centre procurement. This is done by emailing Your email must clearly state: • the name of this procurement (Mutuals Support Programme – Lewisham Council – Rushey Green Early Childhood Centre procurement) and the RM reference number (RM1214 SB073); • the name of the registered supplier; and • the name and contact details for the registered individual sending the email. 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. The Invitation to Tender will be issued to Potential Providers on Wednesday 06th March 2013 via the eSourcing Suite. Ideally Potential Providers should be registered on the system before this date however registrations will be accepted throughout the Tender period allowing Potential Providers access to the documentation. 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 Helpdesk: Freephone: 0345 010 3503 Email:
Is it a framework agreement?No

Who to contact

Contact name James Bergin
Address Room 2Y92 Concept House, Cardiff Road, Newport, Gwent, NP10 8QQ
Telephone 01633 811600
Web address

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