Provision of Tech Scalers

A Tender Notice

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Contract (Services)
5 year
18 Nov 2021
To 22 Dec 2026 (est.)
17 Jan 2022 12:00




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1 buyer


The Scottish Government is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced supplier (thereinafter the Service Provider) with a proven track record in helping technology start-ups and scale-ups to learn, grow and achieve their ambitions. The Service Provider will undertake the administration and management of a national network of tech-scalers – new economic infrastructure to provide technology start-ups and scale-ups with the community environment, networks, support and education they need to grow.

Total Quantity or Scope

The objectives of this contract are to: - Contribute, over time, to a sustained increase in the rate of profitable, scaled technology businesses generated by the Scottish tech ecosystem. - Create, for the first time, a truly world-class national infrastructure to co-locate, educate and scale technology companies. - Provide technology companies with free access to first-rate commercial education in internet economy growth techniques and related disciplines. - Provide technology companies with access to high-quality, long-term, flexible and affordable incubation space. - Support the creation of a world class community and market square environment; facilitating collaboration, networking and the exchange of ideas. - Provide full virtual access to commercial education and community events for technology companies unable to physically co-locate. - Provide a clear focal point for the Scottish tech ecosystem and to create a scaled, expert partner to collaborate with the broader STER programme to establish Scotland as a first rate European tech hub.

Renewal Options

2 optional extensions of 12 months each

Award Criteria

Technical 80%
Commercial 20%
price 20%

CPV Codes

  • 80510000 - Specialist training services
  • 80520000 - Training facilities
  • 72222300 - Information technology 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. The buyer is using PCS-Tender to conduct this ITT exercise. The Project code is 20042. 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 following community benefit objectives will 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 tenderer must provide a Community Benefits proposal that is relevant to the subject matter of this contract and supports the Scottish Ministers’ commitment to contributing to the social, economic & environmental well-being of the people of Scotland, as described in the specification. Tenderers should not provide details of any existing initiatives they already undertake as part of their day-to-day business and the community benefits proposed must be generated specifically for and as a result of this contract, detailing how you will address the following Community Benefit themes: - Encouraging participating companies to support local school Computing Science departments and extra-curricular coding clubs; - Facilitating the creation of effective industry partnerships with schools to give computing science pupils, undergraduates and recent graduates access to work experience and/or internships; - Supporting the work of the Scottish Government and its agencies to improve the participation of women in the study of computing science; - Supporting and/or leading work to increase the number of companies founded by people with protected characteristics; - Contributing to the work of the university and college sectors to develop a higher rate of successful technology businesses led by staff and students; and - Encouraging participating companies to engage with the development of relevant apprenticeship frameworks. (SC Ref:673104)