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Dynamic Purchasing System: Framework of Activity Providers and Coaches. Tender Ref: T20057

The Growth Company would like to procure a large number of providers to assist in the delivery of EnterprisingYou. 

Greater Manchester has been chosen to run this programme as a pilot, which could later be rolled out throughout the UK. It was commissioned by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) with funding from the Department for Education (DfE).

EnterprisingYou is designed to support Greater Manchester residents aged 18 years or older who are self-employed, running their own business or working in the gig economy; this includes people who receive work from a company or an agency but are registered as self-employed and responsible to pay their own taxes.   The programme is focussed on supporting clients whose income is low or unstable, with a total annual personal income less than £27,000 gross. 

The programme offers clients 26 weeks of fully funded support, tailored to their needs and includes access to a Business Coach as well as the potential to include personal finance support, health and wellbeing support, careers information, advice and guidance, access to co working space, mentoring as well as training and personal development activities. 

This procurement is to identify a broad range of providers who can deliver the training and personal development element of the programme. Activity within this element can deliver vocational skills, skills to support the running of the business or develop personal effectiveness, health or wellbeing. Delivery can be consultative, group or digital and be bespoke to EnterprisingYou or available to wider markets.  All activities must demonstrate how they will help the client make their businesses more efficient, sustainable and profitable, boost skills, increase income or help casual workers find alternative routes and roles which offer greater stability. 

In current circumstances we are particularly keen to source activities that can be delivered remotely.

Activity must not be ‘licence to practice’ and must not be available to the client group through other sources of government funding.

Duration and Budget 

The contract period will be from the 12th February 2020 until the 30th June 2022.

The total spend under this framework is anticipated to be £3,200,000 excluding VAT. Bidders should note that spend with individual organisations will be dependent on allocation of work and no guarantee of a minimum value is given. 

Receipt of Tender The DPS will be open for the life of the contract and bidders can apply to join the Framework at any time during this period. In order to ensure that we manage the Framework efficiently, we have identified dates when we will begin a round of evaluation of the latest bids and these are:


13:00 on 1st October 2020

13:00 on 4th January 2021

13:00 on 1st April 2021

13:00 on 1st July 2021

13:00 on 1st October 2021

(Further dates to be advised)

ITT Documents: You are required to make your ITT submission via The Growth Company In-tend e-tendering platform.  You are required to complete a basic registration as a supplier on the In-tend Supplier Platform at the following web address: