PARTNERSHIPS FOR

SKILLS, JOBS, GROWTH

& POSITIVE SOCIAL IMPACT

Opportunities to join our supply chain

As a prime provider, we bring together supply chain partners that complement one another to better meet customers’ diverse and complex needs.

We are always keen to work with other organisations:

  • on an informal basis to extend the range of support, to which we can signpost our customers;

  • on a strategic basis, to establish joint projects and bidding with organisations that share our values and performance, and possess complementary skills, infrastructure and experience to our own. 

  • as a sub-contractor to other prime organisations to whom we can offer our specialist expertise; or 

  • as the prime organisation ourselves to bring together supply chain partners that complement one another to better meet customers’ diverse and complex needs.

The provision of a storage facility for project documentation

This new procurement exercise follows a previous procurement exercise between 13th May and 10th June 2022 for which no winning bid was received. If your organisation sent a bid in response to the previous procurement exercise, please note the changed specification below and the requirement to send in a new quote if you wish to take part in the competition, as bids sent in response to our previous procurement exercise are not eligible for consideration.

​Brighter Futures is a community-based project delivered through a partnership of local organisations throughout Leicester and Leicestershire. The project, which is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Community Fund, provides a wide range of learning and employment support interventions to support the holistic social inclusion of people experiencing disadvantage.

The project which began in December 2017 has generated a large number of participant and finance files which have to be retained until at least March 2034. We therefore wish to procure a storage facility for this purpose.

To meet our requirements, the successful contractor will meet the following physical and customer service requirements:

 

Physical service requirement:

  • Provide a unit of at least 200 sq. ft. for the storage of files in archive boxes and filing cabinets, from 1st October 2022 to 31st March 2034;

  • ensure the unit does not experience temperatures above 35˚c or below 5˚c and humidity below 30% or above 60%;

  • have robust security arrangements such as access control systems, advanced surveillance and alarm systems (e.g. monitored alarm, 24 hour recorded CCTV, smoke and fire detection); and

  • ensure that Business 2 Business is the sole key holder for the storage unit.

 

Customer service requirement:

  • Customer service available on site during opening hours

  • Telephone and email helplines

  • Access to the unit, during normal office hours, for designated Business 2 Business employees for the deposit and retrieval of unit contents

  • A variety of trolleys and pallets trucks available to facilitate the movement of boxes and filing cabinets to the storage unit

  • Advice available about the use of trolleys and pallet trucks

  • Packing supplies available for sale on site

 

All methods must be in line with industry recommended best practice. No variant bids will be expected or allowed.

 

  • Contract value: Based on current market rates, we expect quotes up to a maximum of £80,000 inclusive of VAT and all expenses

  • Publication date: Monday 27th June 2022

  • Closing date: 11.45pm on Friday 8th July 2022

  • Date for communication of the competition outcome: Friday 15th July 2022

  • Standstill period: Until Wednesday 27th July

  • Contract start date: 1st October 2022

  • Contract end date: 31st March 2034

  • Contract is suitable for SMEs? Yes

  • Contract is suitable for VCSEs? Yes

  • Notice type: Opportunity

  • Notice status: Open

 

Please apply by sending a written quotation, including a statement confirming compliance with the physical and customer service requirements, to rob@business2businesslimited.com by 11.45pm on Friday 8th July 2022

 

The lowest priced, compliant quote will win the competition.

 

For all clarifications, please send written queries to rob@business2businesslimited.com. A response will be given within two working days of the query being raised. Within two working days of the query being made, a questions and answers document available on the Business 2 Business website will be updated with an anonymised version of the query and the given response. The deadline for queries relating to this specification is 5pm on Wednesday 6th July 2022. The last questions and answers update will be published by 5pm on Thursday 7th July.

FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES

To prepare for the launch of tender opportunities through the Commercial Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services (CAEHRS), the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and other publicly funded programmes, Business 2 Business are inviting applications from employment and skills providers across England and Wales that wish to join our framework of supply chain partners.

​​The CAEHRS framework will run for five years (2020-2025) during which tier one and tier two tender opportunities could amount to an aggregate contract value of up to £7.5 billion. Business 2 Business has been successful in being selected as a tier two CAEHRS provider by the Department for Work and Pensions’ (“DWP”) in all five English Lots on the DWP CAEHRS Framework:

·         Regional Lot 1 - Central England – Tier 2

·         Regional Lot 2 - North East England – Tier 2

·         Regional Lot 3 - North West England – Tier 2

·         Regional Lot 4 - Southern England – Tier 2

·         Regional Lot 5 – London and Home Counties – Tier 2

We are looking to develop supply chains of end to end delivery partners and a framework of specialist/call off partners of employability, work-based learning, supported employment and self-employment support who can support the delivery of the DWP CAEHRS opportunities and other publicly funded programmes such as the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).

​We are particularly keen to receive framework applications from organisations that have strong engagement with participants and employers, the capacity and expertise to meet participant needs and a successful track record of delivering publicly funded skills and/or employability programmes in their LEP area(s).

If you wish to work as a funded sub-contractor for Business 2 Business to deliver projects funded through the CAEHRS, UKSPF and other publicly funded programmes, please complete the application form and return to Stephen Neal, National Partnerships Manager, at stephen@business2businesslimited.com.

INTEGRATION AND LOCALISM NETWORK

Business 2 Business are inviting applications from providers across England to join our integration and localism network. See the PDF attachment for more details:

If you would like to join our network, to work in partnership on an informal basis to extend the range of support to which we can refer local people, please complete the application form and return to Stephen Neal, National Partnerships Manager, at stephen@business2businesslimited.com