RM1316 SB141 - Mutual Support Programme - Essex Probation
|Reference number||RM1316 SB141
|This deadline is for...||The Request for Information Response Date. Please see ‘How to apply instructions to suppliers’ for more information.
|Estimated length of contract||3 Months
|Estimated value||£70,000 - £100,000
|Location where the contract is to be carried out||United 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
(see other contracts from this organisation)
Description of the contract
Staff seeking to spin out of Essex Probation Trust (the “Parent Body”) are looking to form a joint venture mutual (the “Potential PSM”), with a partner which shares their values and ambition.
It is desired that a virtual split is created between the proposed competed and protected services. This will build capacity and conduct future procurement activity through transactions separated by ethical walls. They will explore co-commissioning opportunities and build on their partnership arrangement with strategic partners to increase their bidding potential. They currently manage approximately 50 individual sub contracts and have experience in the supply chain of both delivering and winning contracts to provide services. They work at a strategic level with all Local Authorities and have been a pilot for community budgets. They have developed both products and services which they have sold within the constraints of being a public sector provider. They know that they can build on this further as an independent entity.
They are seeking commercial and legal advice and introductions to providers from all sectors and potential investors in order to become competition ready. They intend to be bidding for interventions and offender management. The proportion of which will be determined by the operating model agreed with future partner(s).
The Customer is seeking support to help the project to become competition ready. This will be unique to each project but is likely to include some or all of:
• Business and financial planning
• Business development and market analysis;
• Tender-writing support;
• Developing the legal structure and accompanying governance model;
• Development and/or review of legal agreements (such as partnerships, financing);
• Workforce engagement; and
• Organisational design
The Ministry of Justice is still developing its response to the consultation and the final policy position has yet to be determined; importantly, the procurement of this support should not be taken as an indication of the likely final policy position. However, recognising that mutuals require time to develop, the Customer has selected the most promising potential projects to support. This selection process has included reference to the potential project’s alignment with the relevant aspects of the outline proposals contained in the Transforming Rehabilitation consultation paper.
Further projects (in addition to those currently in the public domain) have been identified, and support contracts will be procured in due course.
The Customer recognises that the final policy proposals may look very different, and the Customer’s decision to support a project should not therefore be seen as an indication that this project will fit with future proposals. The outline project description presented in this documentation may therefore necessarily change, and if necessary, the Supplier must be willing to work flexibly, including allowing the scope of the project to be re-shaped to respond to the final policy proposals. Exceptionally, where it is not possible to re-shape the project, the Contract is likely to be terminated.
|Additional Notes||To participate in any possible future procurement which results from this RFI, 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 Mutual Support Programme Mutual Support Programme - Essex Probation Contract. This is done by emailing ExpressionOfInterest@gps.gsi.gov.uk.
Your email must clearly state:
• the name of this procurement Mutual’s Support Programme: Mutual Support Programme - Essex Probation and the RM reference number RM1316 SB141
• 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.
The Invitation to Tender will be issued by close of play on Thursday 11th April 2013 and therefore suppliers can register on the e-Sourcing Suite between the issue date of this Contracts Finder advert and the deadline date.
The deadline date for submission of proposals will be Monday 17th May 2013.
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.
Please also note that there will be a Bidder’s Day in relation to this and other opportunities to support potential probation mutuals, to be held all day on 24 April 2013 in central London. Further details on how to register your attendance will be provided shortly.
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Freephone: 0345 010 3503
|Is it a framework agreement?||No
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