GM Business Support Limited, trading as GC Business Growth Hub (GC BGH), wishes to appoint an external provider to work with us to develop and implement an evaluation of the GM Business Productivity, Innovation and Inclusive Growth (BPIIG) and Lancashire Programmes.
GC BGH is committed to robust evaluation of its activities to meet contractual requirements, inform service design and delivery, innovate new services and demonstrate the economic impact and value for money of its services to funders and stakeholders.
Following the submission and approval of a business case, available on request to tenderers, £7.4M of Retained Business Rates funding was secured from Greater Manchester’s ten Local Authorities to fund the Business Productivity, Innovation and Inclusive Growth (BPIIG) programme, outlined below, over the period January 2022 - September 2023, leveraging a further £8.6M ERDF funding. The overall programme, including public and private sector match, equates to c.£19.5M that will fall within the scope of the evaluation being tendered for.
GC BGH also secured £1.3M of ERDF funding and an additional £231k match funding from Lancashire County Council for 2 programmes delivered in Lancashire. These programmes also fall within the scope of the evaluation being tendered for.
Whilst the BPIIG programme commenced January 2022, the original Business Productivity and Inclusive Programme (BPIG), and the majority of GC BGH’s ERDF programmes, commenced 2018 (2015 for its Sectors and Access to Finance ERDF programmes), with overall funding totalling c£80M.
Tenderers should note that their submissions should be compliant with the monitoring and evaluation requirements of both the GMCA and ERDF (this document reflects the requirements of the GMCA). Final evaluations for ERDF funded programmes will also need to comply with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) Summative Assessment Guidance, available on the gov.uk website.
Duration and Budget
The contract period will be from the award date until the 30th September 2023
The likely value of activity under this framework is likely to be in the region of £70,000
Deadline for Receipt of Tender
Tenders will be accepted until the 10:00 on Friday the 10th March 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 registered, you will receive an email granting you access to the site. Your ITT submission will be made on the Panacea Portal.