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The Litmus Partnership: Luton Sixth Form College ~ Catering tender

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Notice Summary
Title: Luton Sixth Form College ~ Catering tender
Notice type: Contract Award Notice
Authority: The Litmus Partnership
Nature of contract: Services
Procedure: Restricted
Short Description: The successful Supplier will be required to provide catering services for Luton Sixth Form College.
Published: 13/07/2023 10:48

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UK-Bedfordshire: School catering services.

Section I: Contracting Authority

   I.1) Name, Addresses and Contact Point(s):
       Luton Sixth Form College
       Bradgers Hill Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 7EW, United Kingdom
       Tel. +44 1276673880, Email:
       Main Address:
       NUTS Code: UKH2

   I.2) Joint procurement:
      The contract involves joint procurement: No          
      In the case of joint procurement involving different countries, state applicable national procurement law: Not Provided
      The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body: No

   I.4)Type of the contracting authority:
      Body governed by public law

   I.5) Main activity:

Section II: Object Of The Contract

   II.1) Scope of the procurement

      II.1.1) Title: Luton Sixth Form College ~ Catering tender            
      Reference number: Not Provided

      II.1.2) Main CPV code:
         55524000 - School catering services.

      II.1.3) Type of contract: SERVICES

      II.1.4) Short description: The successful Supplier will be required to provide catering services for Luton Sixth Form College.

      II.1.6) Information about lots
         This contract is divided into lots: No
      II.1.7) Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
          Value: 435,005.95

   II.2) Description

      II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s):
      Not Provided

      II.2.3) Place of performance
      Nuts code:
      UKH2 - Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
      Main site or place of performance:
      Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

      II.2.4) Description of the procurement: The successful Supplier will be required to provide catering services for Luton Sixth Form College. Luton Sixth Form College is the oldest sixth form College in the country (est.1966), and has a reputation as one of the top performing Colleges in the UK. It is also one of the largest and has over three thousand (2022/23 3,070) 16-19 year olds, with around 70% being from BME groups. Typically there will be 1600 – 1800 of these students on site on any given day. The current premises were built in 2010, giving a modern feel to both kitchen and front of house services, the scope of which includes coffee Bar, main restaurant servery and food shop/ outlet. The catering service also provides hospitality and events on an ad hoc basis. Current F&B turnover is just under £500k per annum delivered by a team of 11 staff, including two full time managers – GM and Head chef. •The College expects the successful Supplier to meet the needs of their students and staff. 16–19-year-old students are responsive to “fast grab and go” food, prepared to order and to branded foods. •The College management team want the College to be an exciting and interesting place for our students, and believe an innovative food supplier will be able to deliver a provision which feels mature, current and above all have a different look and feel to school experience. •The Supplier will enable the continued development of catering through the provision of an innovative, student lead food offering being prepared on-site. •The College expects the successful Supplier to evidence, through their bid, how they shall support and complement its values and provide a stimulating and relevant offer to students, reflecting high street offers that are fresh tasty and healthy. The College are continually seeking ways to improve and develop the ethos and environment for pupils and staff, to give them the facilities they deserve and need to meet the food service challenges of the 21st Century, any consideration regarding inward capital investment as part of the Supplier’s tender submission would be welcomed. The existing facilities are good with functioning and well-maintained core equipment, and College stakeholders suspect that a fourth food service outlet (perhaps in a container outside with a seasonal pop-up type variety of offers) would have ability to capture additional spend without compromising existing spending habits. Funding wise – the provision of this potential additional facility is not necessarily down to the Supplier, but assuming that the facility is there, there will be the opportunity to identify a supplier’s operating method and quantify additional return in the bidder’s requirement documentation at ITT stage. The College are interested in how service providers use of technology to help attract students to the offer and build loyalty. The College would also welcome bidders to create an as environmentally friendly provision as possible. The College would like the new contract to give as much cost certainty as possible, through potential guaranteeing maximum key cost lines, cost of labour, management fee and elements of sundry spend, or indeed via a guaranteed return. The core objectives of the College for the catering service are as follows: •To provide a food offer that engages, fuels and inspires students and staff with quality and consistency. •To find a service partner that proactively develops the menu and the financial model that the service generates •To develop the skills, competence and confidence of the loyal existing workforce to help raise quality and drive standards and consistency across the service offers Full details in relation to Luton Sixth Form College can be found at Luton Sixth Form College - Home ( Due to the geography and the demographic of the College, chicken products sold on College premises is subject to Halal - HMC accreditation. See SQ document for further details.

      II.2.5) Award criteria:
       Not Provided

      II.2.11) Information about options
         Options: No

      II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
         The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

      II.2.14) Additional information: Not Provided

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

   IV.1.1)Type of procedure: Restricted

   IV.1.3) Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
      The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement: No       
      A dynamic purchasing system was set up: No

   IV.1.6) Information about electronic auction
      An electronic auction has been used: No

   IV.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
      The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

IV.2) Administrative information

   IV.2.1) Previous publication concerning this procedure
       Notice number in the OJEU: 2023/S 000-003724

   IV.2.9) Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a prior information notice
      The contracting authority will not award any further contracts based on the above prior information notice: No

Section V: Award of contract

Award Of Contract (No.1)

   Contract No: Not Provided    
   Lot Number: Not Provided    
   Title: Not Provided

   A contract/lot is awarded: Yes

   V.2) Award of contract

      V.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract: 27/06/2023

      V.2.2) Information about tenders
         Number of tenders received: 2
         Number of tenders received from SMEs: Not Provided          
         Number of tenders received from tenderers from other EU Member States: Not Provided          
         Number of tenders received from tenderers from non-EU Member States: Not Provided          
         Number of tenders received by electronic means: Not Provided

      V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

      The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: No
         Contractor (No.1)
             Aramark Ltd, 00983951
             Ascent 4, 2 Gladiator Way, Farnborough Aerospace Centre, Farnborough, GU14 6XN, United Kingdom
             NUTS Code: UKJ35
            The contractor is an SME: No

      V.2.4) Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
         Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: 2,500,000          
         Total value of the contract/lot: 435,005.95
         Currency: GBP

      V.2.5) Information about subcontracting
         The contract is likely to be subcontracted: No
Section VI: Complementary information

   VI.3) Additional information: The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement. It will be the supplier's responsibility to obtain any necessary documents in order to submit a response by the closing date and time.
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   VI.4) Procedures for review

      VI.4.1) Review body
          Luton Sixth Form College
          Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

      VI.4.3) Review procedure
         Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures: Not Provided

      VI.4.4) Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
         Not Provided

   VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice: 13/07/2023

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