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Invitation to Tender: Framework of Activity Providers, Consultants and Associates for Skills for Growth – SME Support Programme: Ref T21073

This Dynamic Procurement System (DPS) is to procure many providers, consultants, and associates to assist in the delivery of the Greater Manchester Skills for Growth – SME Support Programme. Approved bids put forward by the successful providers, consultants and associates will form the framework from which the delivery activity will take place.

Skills for Growth – SME Support is a fully funded, tailored service to help up-skill businesses and their employees and improve business productivity. The programme will help business leaders grow their business through re-shaping, developing their talent and enhancing their team’s performance. Offering impartial advice and guidance to both the business and the individual employees, through one-to-one consultations either with our skills coaches, wellbeing champions and apprenticeship specialists or our procured providers, consultants, or associates. The programme and the team have been developed to help Greater Manchester come back stronger from the challenges presented before, during and after the pandemic, this time better equipped and better prepared with the skills for the future. The Skills Coaches will provide impartial brokerage through to training solutions and funding supported via the commissioned skills delivery element of the Skills for Growth Programme.

The programme will have a core focus on supporting those employed and in work, definition as per ESF guidance.  In addition to the ESF eligibility, individuals will also need to evidence at entry to the programme the following requirements. They:

  • Must be in work at time of entry to the programme (in work with a zero hours contract, furloughed, in work claiming Universal credit and self-employed are all considered eligible),              or unemployed with prior approval as mentioned above.
  • Must be able to evidence right to work and live in the UK
  • Must be aged over 16.
  • Must live and/or work within Greater Manchester

Duration, Budget and Payment

The contract period will be from the 1st October 2021 until the 30th April 2022.

The total spend under this framework is anticipated to be £785,000.00 excluding VAT. Bidders should note that spend with individual organisations will be dependent on number of SPPs and ISDPs completed, and no guarantee of a minimum value is given. (See 3.10 below)

GMBS reserves the right to extend the duration up to the 30th September 2022 and increase the budget to a maximum of £1,000,000.00.

GMBS will pay the consultant, provider or associate a maximum cost of £450.00 + VAT for the identification of a business, the signed SPP and a minimum of 3 signed ISDPs. 

Each additional ISDP completed with a business (to a maximum of 10) will be paid at a maximum of £50,00 + VAT per ISDP.

Payment will be made upon receipt of the signed SPP/ISDPs and upon confirmation they have passed quality and compliance checks.

Deadline for Receipt of Tender

Tenders will be accepted until the 30th March 2022. The first opening date of the tender will be the 4th October 2021.

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.

The full details of the opportunity can be at found at