Invitation to Tender for Boost Business Lancashire 5 Expert Coaching and Action Learning Facilitator Services Ref T23103
The Growth Company has been selected to deliver both the Growth Catalyst and Scale to Thrive services, which are described in this document. As part of the roll out of these new services and our social value commitments we are looking to expand the number of providers, particularly (but not exclusively) local Lancashire based suppliers available to work with us to provide expert insights and content to support business leader in Lancashire to overcome their business challenges and address new and emerging opportunities.
GC Business is looking for experienced Expert Coaches and, or Action Learning Facilitators who can work with ambitious and inquisitive leaders of growth companies to help build their capacity to innovate and achieve growth throughout the duration of the programmes outlined in the tender documents.
LOT 1: Growth Catalyst Expert Coaching:
As part of this programme up to 140, 2-hour, (or half day) Expert Coaching sessions will be delivered over MS Teams, Zoom or other platforms and will be made available to business leaders to help them address knowledge gaps or overcome challenges.
As opportunities for deeper support through coaching are identified as part of the development of individual Growth Strategies and plans, or as a result of needs spotted by the businesses allocated Advisor during the course of the programme we will require the framework of Coaches to offer support. Our coaching pool is expected to include a wide range of in-depth sector expertise as well as expertise in key subject areas for example:
- Leadership and Management development
- Sales and marketing
- Change management
- HR Challenges
- Business model innovation
- Systems and processes
- Digital tech
- Market insights
- Net Zero
LOT 2: Growth Catalyst and Scale to Thrive Peer Action Learning Facilitators.
Both programmes will provide participant businesses with the option of joining peer to peer action learning cohorts. These cohorts of typically between 8 and 11 participants will be professionally facilitated by individuals from a business background who have proven experience in applying the Reg Revans action learning methodology as set out in GCs Peer Network Action Learning Playbook. This methodology was successfully scaled up and proven in practice as part of the Peer Networks programme delivered by Growth Hubs across England and is utilised by a range of Action learning organisations.
- a) Growth Catalyst Action Learning
The Growth Catalyst programme will deliver 15 cohorts staggered over 18 months. Each cohort will benefit from 6 sessions of Action Learning of typically 2-3hrs each on a fortnightly basis, depending on participant preferences. Session topics or challenges to be discussed and will be selected by the groups with the aid of the expert facilitator. All participants will need to sign up to the Participant charter. Action learning sessions will be subject to customer satisfaction monitoring.
- b) Scale to Thrive Action Learning
Under Scale to Thrive 10 cohorts will be delivered with staggered starts over 18 months. Each cohort will benefit from 4 sessions of Action Learning of typically 2-3hrs each on a fortnightly, or monthly basis, depending on participant preferences. As with Growth Catalyst, session topics or challenges to be discussed and will be selected by the groups with the aid of the expert facilitator. All participants will need to sign up to the Participant charter. (One on each topic specified)
Duration and Budget
The contract period will be from the award date until the 31st March 2025, with an option, to be exercised at the Growth Company sole discretion for an additional 36 months.
The likely value of activity under this framework will be between £65,000 (£53K Growth Catalyst and £12K Scale to Thrive) and a maximum of £170,000 excluding VAT depending on need within the first phase of the programme and a possible 36 month extension.
Deadline for Receipt of Tender
Tenders will be accepted until the 13:00 on Thursday, 26th October 2023.
You are required to make your ITT submission via the Growth Company Panacea e-tendering platform. You are required to complete a basic registration as a supplier on with Panacea at the following web address: https://app.panacea-software.com/growth.
Once you have accessed the site, to view the opportunity you need to navigate to ‘Register Interest’, click the ‘Participate’ Button, then navigate to ‘My Questionnaires’ where you will be able to download the documents. Your ITT submission will be made on the Panacea Portal.