Awarded to Toplevel

Start date: Monday 4 January 2021
Value: £16,900
Company size: SME
Marine Management Organisation

Fisheries & Seafood Support - intervention schemes

4 Incomplete applications

3 SME, 1 large

2 Completed applications

2 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Friday 4 December 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 11 December 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Friday 18 December 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Summary of the work
On-going Continuous Improvement for existing Fisheries and Seafood Support digital service (based on existing supplier proprietary platform, Equiniti Outreach), delivering Agile development capability for new requirements / support schemes.
Latest start date
Monday 4 January 2021
Expected contract length
2 years
No specific location, for example they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for
Marine Management Organisation
Budget range
Initial funding of £20k allocated to cover further changes and setup of new schemes, using supplier team consisting of dev, Tech Lead and QA resource.

About the work

Why the work is being done
On-going enhancement to the Marine Management Organisation's (MMO) existing Fisheries and Seafood Support system are required to add new schemes and application forms to cover specific interventions where fishing industry support may be required, such as the potential impact of COVID-19 restrictions or EU Exit
Problem to be solved
An existing service is in place which covers all current schemes, but new schemes can be required at short notice, based on the needs of the industry, so the supplier needs to be able to set up new schemes within the framework of the existing service typically within 4 weeks, based on the application forms that are already in place.
Who the users are and what they need to do
As the MMO Grants Team, I need to be able to set up new support schemes for the fishing industry at very short notice using an existing grant management system, so that I can provide a means for fishing industry members to apply for grant funding responding to significant events which may have a financial impact, and I have a single service via which I can manage all schemes.
Early market engagement
The existing service provider has been contacted to confirm that the existing service can be extended to provide the ability to apply for further schemes at short notice.
Any work that’s already been done
An existing grant management service has already been procured, configured and aligned to MMO requirements, covering existing schemes. It is flexible and allows the configuration of further schemes when required. This includes various documentation deliverables explaining the business process and expected user journey, which are available on request via the provided Q&A contact.
Existing team
The existing team is a combination of MMO Project Manager, Business Analyst and QA, plus development and Tech Lead resource from Equiniti TopLevel.
Current phase

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Remote working is expected.
Working arrangements
Call-off arrangement for Agile delivery, where requirements will be prioritised and grouped into meaningful sprints for the supplier to work on. Standard Scrum ceremonies in fortnightly cycle to be observed - backlog refinement (10%), sprint planning, retrospective, review, daily stand-ups.
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Additional information

Additional terms and conditions

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Have previous experience developing & configuring EQ Outreach platform
  • Be able to provide ongoing support for EQ Outreach service
  • Have experience designing GDS-compliant systems targeted at users with low digital literacy
  • Have understanding of Fisheries support funding schemes and processes
  • Agile software development
Nice-to-have skills and experience

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a written proposal.

How many suppliers to evaluate
Proposal criteria
  • Timescales for delivery - able to mobilise within 1 month and deliver first new scheme within 3 months
  • Cost - no mobilisation or setup costs for new grants management platform
  • Ongoing costs for adapting system - cost for delivery of each new scheme should be <£20k per scheme (based on anticipated low complexity of schemes)
Cultural fit criteria
Able to work collaboratively with the MMO team to interpret and deliver requirements, and transition developed service to EQ BAU support team
Payment approach
Time and materials
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




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