Framework for the Provision of Commercial Advisors

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Framework (Services)
35.5 month
26 Oct 2021
To 09 Nov 2024 (est.)
25 Nov 2021 12:00




Geochart for 1 buyers and 0 suppliers

1 buyer


The aim is to establish a timely, efficient and effective mechanism to conduct a range of urgent due diligence on companies in difficulty to inform decision making. Due diligence assignments will encompass a wide range of activities including financial analysis, market information and risk assessment to inform the viability of companies facing challenges and assess the likelihood of successful outcome. It is anticipated that a maximum of six suppliers will be appointed to the framework. The estimated value of the Framework provides for the initial three years plus one potential extension year.

Total Quantity or Scope

The Rapid Response Unit (RRU) has been created to tackle a wide range of economic challenges as a result of Covid-19 and Brexit to enhance The Scottish Government's (SG) support for business resilience and ensure ensure access to economic analysis, company information and sector specific inputs capable of obtaining risks and offering help and support. Accordingly, to assist a business in crisis, the RRU will: - Scale up and enhance analytical capacity to provide for evidence-based decisions on business support reinforced by a number of new systems and tools; and - Scale up and enhance existing capacity to deal with actions emerging from special cases, where interventions involve repurposing or some other form of longer term support for transition before handing back to policy teams for business as usual activities. Pace is critical when responding to companies at risk and the aim is to establish a timely, efficient and effective mechanism to conduct a range of due diligence on companies in difficulty to inform decision making. … It is uncertain as to the number of instances of referral of businesses in crisis and as each case will be unique, it is difficult to determine as to the duration of the due diligence that would be undertaken by commercial advisors. It is likely that the commercial advice and inputs required may vary considerably due to differing contexts and business considerations. … It is envisaged that the appointed suppliers will be multi-disciplinary agencies or consortia offering a range of integrated professional services including but not limited to: accountancy/financial management, and tax advice, commercial advisory services, restructuring and turnaround specialisms, specialist technical expertise such as economic and market analysis and other considerations including impacts of Subsidy Control (formerly State Aid).

Renewal Options

Following the end of the initial three year term, the Framework may be extended by a period of up to 12 months.

Award Criteria

Technical 70
price 30

CPV Codes

  • 79400000 - Business and management consultancy and related services


  • This is a one-off contract (no recurrence)
  • Renewals are available.
  • Financial restrictions apply.
  • Staff qualifications are relevant.

Other Information

** PREVIEW NOTICE, please check Find a Tender for full details. ** Question Scoring Methodology for Award Criteria outlined in invitation to tender: 0 — Unacceptable. Nil or inadequate response. Fails to demonstrate an ability to meet the requirement. 1 — Poor. Response is partially relevant but generally poor. The response addresses some elements of the requirement but contains insufficient/limited detail or explanation to demonstrate how the requirement will be fulfilled. 2 — Acceptable. Response is relevant and acceptable. The response addresses a broad understanding of the requirement but may lack details on how the requirement will be fulfilled in certain areas. 3 — Good. Response is relevant and good. The response is sufficiently detailed to demonstrate a good understanding and provides details on how the requirements will be fulfilled. 4 — Excellent. Response is completely relevant and excellent overall. Bidders must complete the SPD (Scotland) to demonstrate adherence to the Exclusion and Selection Criteria for this procurement. If there are named subcontractors/technicians upon which the bidder will rely to meet the selection criteria, these named parties must complete and reattach the SPD Supplier Response Form attached to SPD questions 2C.1.1 (Technicians) and 2D.1.2 (Subcontractors) on PCS-T. These parties must complete the first three sections of the SPD form, as well as any part of the section 4 selection criteria that the main bidder will rely upon the parties to fulfil. If parties have not yet been identified, this information may be required at a later date. Scottish Government reserves the right to request this information from relevant parties upon whom the main bidder will not rely to fulfil selection criteria. 4C.10 Bidders will be required to confirm whether they intend to sub-contract and if so, for what proportion of the contract. The buyer is using PCS-Tender to conduct this ITT exercise. The Project code is 19914. For more information see: A sub-contract clause has been included in this contract. For more information see: Community benefits are included in this requirement. For more information see: A summary of the expected community benefits has been provided as follows: The Scottish Government is committed to contributing to the social, economic & environmental well-being of the people of Scotland, in order to create a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth. Accordingly, while the following community benefit objectives will not be evaluated as part of the tender process, the successful service provider will be expected to present a community benefit proposal with their tender detailing how, in the event that they should be successful in winning the contract, they will address Community Benefits. The Community Benefit proposed for this contract should be provided specifically if successful in this tender process and should not be a Community Benefit which is already being undertaken by the organisation. Examples of Community Benefits include:  Graduate, Apprentice, work placements and/or trainee placements  Supplier engagement with schools, colleges and/or universities  Holding educational and raising awareness events for the community  Professional advice, mentoring and support provided to the community  Providing funding for new community facilities  Support and development opportunities delivered to young people  Opening up sub-contracting opportunities to SME’s and third sector organisations  Monetary value of contributions to community activities (SC Ref:670908)