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Invitation to Tender: Greater Manchester Leadership for Productivity: Ref T21067

GC Business Growth Hub (GC BGH) is seeking to appoint a service provider (single Service Delivery Provider or consortium with a ‘lead’ operator) to complement and add value to the existing business support available across Greater Manchester for leadership and management development.

The target market for this programme is Greater Manchester based SMEs that are looking to improve their productivity; recover from COVID-19; respond to innovative opportunities; and develop their skills, knowledge, and expertise to enable growth. We are particularly looking for a Service Delivery Provider/s who can reach businesses who previously haven’t accessed leadership and management support.

The Service Delivery Provider/s will need to deliver a programme that is able to provide flexible support using digital solutions which will enable leaders to access content and support at a time convenient to themselves along with one to one/one to many support to business owners.

All leadership and management content should be based on academic research and the latest thinking around developments and strategies for leaders of Greater Manchester’s SMEs. This fully funded support to Greater Manchester SME’s should respond to the known barriers SMEs face in absorbing leadership and management techniques and putting them into practice to facilitate necessary change. The UK Productivity Review, and the CBI “Ostrich to Magpie” Report, both identify the opportunity to boost UK productivity by spreading the adoption of best practice management techniques that more productive larger firms and SMEs in other places, such as Germany, more readily engage with.

Duration and Budget: The contract period will be from the award date until the 30th September 2023. The value of the contract will be £400,000 inclusive of VAT.

Deadline for Receipt of Tender

Tenders must be submitted in the required format and be returned by 10:00, Monday 2nd August 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