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Invitation to Tender: Peer Networks – Cohort Delivery Framework: Ref T21058

GC Business Growth Hub is seeking to procure a panel of providers who will deliver the service on an individual cohort basis, with potential providers asked to specify the total number of cohorts they wish to deliver – or specify their lower and upper number (provide a band) to provide us with more flexible procurement and deployment options. An initial group of 25 cohorts will be delivered, with a view to potentially expanding this number if additional funding is available during the autumn and if further extended.

Peer Networks is a national initiative that will be delivered locally through the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) network and local Growth Hubs. The Business Hub will be delivering this service in Greater Manchester.  The programme invites leaders and senior managers from the SME business community who meet the eligibility criteria below to participate in a local peer network that will meet regularly over several months

Service Specification

Cohort size: Circa 11 owners/managers

Number of sessions: 9 virtual sessions by video conference of two hours each per cohort, led by a trained facilitator, or alternatively, 6 sessions of three hours each

Individual support: Each participant will also receive 1hr of dedicated one to one engagement with the facilitator to determine what additional support they need.

Additional in-depth support will be provided by referral to the Business Growth Hub, for further support i.e. through Account Management / Coaching / Mentoring or Specialist advice. Participants will then receive a minimum of 3 ½ hours of individual support per participant.

Frequency of sessions: Fortnightly typically but can be varied, providing cohorts finish no later than the end of February 22.

Topic selection : Participants will determine what subjects will be discussed, but we anticipate these may include:

Finance; HR; Sales and Marketing; Adjusting to social distancing; Business Model Innovation; Change Management; Embedding formal management processes and systems; Digital (incl adoption and implementation of technology, cyber security); Use of data to drive value in the business; EU transition; Net zero

Duration and Budget: The contract period will be from the award date until the 31st March 2022. The value of activity under this framework up to 31st March 2021 is expected to be in the region of £300,000.

Deadline for Receipt of Tender

Tenders must be submitted in the required format and be returned by 13:00, Friday 2nd July 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: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/manchestergrowthcompany/aspx/Home 

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 https://in-tendhost.co.uk/manchestergrowthcompany/aspx/ProjectManage/113.