Published date: 23 November 2023

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 11 December 2023, 12pm

Contract summary


  • Business and management consultancy services - 79410000

Location of contract

East Midlands

Value of contract

£50,000 to £95,000

Procurement reference

Skills Advisor Nov23

Published date

23 November 2023

Closing date

11 December 2023

Closing time


Contract start date

2 January 2024

Contract end date

31 December 2025

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (below threshold)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

This procedure can be used for procurements below the relevant contract value threshold.

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East Midlands Business Ltd (EMB) is a private company which provides a range of business consultancy, research and programme management services to the public sector.

EMB is contracted by Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) to deliver the Growth Hub advice services under the Business Lincolnshire brand. The Business Lincolnshire programme is part funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and delivered in partnership with various Lincolnshire local authorities. The programme provides support to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) located in the Greater Lincolnshire area to help their businesses to thrive and grow.

EMB is now seeking to appoint a consultant to deliver skills advice and support services, referred from this point onwards as the 'Skills Adviser', working alongside our existing team of generalist business advisers. The Skills Adviser will proactively identify and engage employers from across Greater Lincolnshire, supporting them with their organisational development and growth via access to high quality skills solutions including, but not limited to, apprenticeships. The Skills Adviser will also work alongside Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) Adult Skills Leads to support the delivery of the local Adult Skills Strategy.

EMB is inviting tender submissions from suitably qualified suppliers for the provision of skills advice and support services, working with Lincolnshire-based businesses to discuss their skills requirements and potential for apprenticeships for either existing or new members of staff. Suppliers must be able to demonstrate a proven track record in delivering similar services to both SMEs, as well as larger, businesses.

The contract will start on 2nd January 2024 and run until 31st December 2025 or the available funding is exhausted, whichever occurs first.

More details can be found in the accompanying tender specification.

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