Published date: 20 April 2018

Last edited date: 20 April 2018

This notice was replaced on 9 August 2018

This notice does not contain the most up-to-date information about this procurement. The most recent notice is:

Awarded contract (published 9 August 2018)

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Contract summary


  • Business and management consultancy and related services - 79400000

  • Training services - 80500000

Location of contract

North West

Value of contract

£40,000 to £170,000

Procurement reference


Published date

20 April 2018

Closing date

14 May 2018

Contract start date

1 July 2018

Contract end date

30 June 2020

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open (non-OJEU)

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

Non-OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) procedures are valued below a certain financial threshold.

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



The GC Business Growth Hub wishes to appoint a number of service providers to enter into a Framework Agreement for the delivery of specialist services; the opportunity has been divided into eleven lots as detailed below.

The Workshops are to be delivered by experts in their field and this invitation to tender is to create a panel of such experts which the GC Business Growth Hub can use throughout the programme.

We plan to run each Workshop every two months and bookings will be taken for up to 16 delegates, made up of people in the process of establishing a business.

Lot 1 - Specialist Workshop Delivery - Taking a Product to Market
Lot 2 - Specialist Workshop Delivery - Sales
Lot 3 - Specialist Workshop Delivery - Tendering for Contracts
Lot 4 - Specialist Workshop Delivery - Social Media
Lot 5 - Specialist Workshop Delivery - Digital Marketing
Lot 6 - Specialist Workshop Delivery - Understanding Employment Law
Lot 7 - Specialist Workshop Delivery - Understanding Commercial Law
Lot 8 - Specialist Workshop Delivery - Market Research
Lot 9 - Specialist Workshop Delivery - Marketing and Promotion
Lot 10 - Specialist Workshop Delivery - Pitching
Lot 11 - Specialist Workshop Delivery - Finance

Bidders can bid for one or a number of the Lots available

The Framework will be for an initial period of 24 months, commencing from the 1st July 2018 until the 30th June 2020, with an option to extend for a further 18 months, ending on the 31st December 2021.

More information


Additional text

You are required to make your ITT submission via The Growth Company In-tend e-tendering platform. Intitially you will need to complete a basic registration as a supplier on the In-tend Supplier Platform (see link above). 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.

About the buyer

Contact name

Nick Batty


Lee House
90 Great Bridgewater Street


0161 237 4044