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Invitation to Tender for Provision of Manufacturing Information Services Ref T19047.

GC Business Growth Hub wishes to appoint a service provider to enter into a Contract for the delivery of Manufacturing Information services.

The Manufacturing Network and Information Services require the services of a technical writer to research and write news and blog pieces to the following specification: -

• Research and production of nine manufacturing and/or engineering news stories per calendar month, to be published on the Business Growth Hub’s manufacturing news section, approximately 2 pieces per week. Provider to review sector/local press and select news stories to be produced, with a focus on the target audience’s needs. The pieces are to be targeted at an SME audience, with an approximate word count of 250-500. 

• Production of one blog piece per month on manufacturing techniques or notable issues or trends. Pieces will be written from the point of view of a Business Growth Hub manufacturing team member, explaining a manufacturing concept and will use real examples of how businesses have improved productivity by implementing this. The blogs will signpost existing resources on the manufacturing website, and guidance on this will be provided. The provider will be expected to research the piece, and liaise with manufacturing team members include appropriate case studies. The pieces are to be targeted at an SME audience, with an approximate word count of 500-750. 

• Additional work may be commissioned on an adhoc basis by prior agreement. The rate and time for additional work will be agreed prior to commission. Please confirm what the hourly / day rate for additional work within the quote.

It is expected that there will be one set of amends per piece (news stories and blogs). The expectation is that this work would take place on at least a fortnightly basis, to ensure content is responsive and newsworthy. We do not expect this to exceed three billable days per month (unless prior agreement is sought).

Duration and Budget 

The contract period will commence on the 1st April 2019 until 31st December 2021 with an option to extend for a further 6 months.

The likely value of activity under this framework will be between £15,000 and a maximum of £50,000 excluding VAT.


Deadline for Receipt of Tender :  Tenders must be submitted in the required format and be returned by 13:00, Wednesday 13th March 2019


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:

Please note that all mandatory fields (highlighted in yellow on the In-Tend Portal) must be completed in order to register your organisation. 

Once registered, you must log into the system, express your interest in the opportunity on In-Tend and automatically download the ITT documentation.  Your ITT submission will be made on the In-tend Portal.