Business Start Up and High Growth Start Up Programme Worcestershire
To stimulate enterprise, develop new market opportunities, encourage investment, create new jobs and facilitate start-up and high growth start-up.
United Kingdom-Worcester: Business development consultancy services
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)
Worcestershire County Council
County Hall, Spetchley Road
WR5 2NP Worcester
Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)
I.2)Type of the contracting authority
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
Section II: Object of the contract
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 1: Maintenance and repair services
NUTS code UKG12
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
Business Start Up AND High Growth Start Up Programme.
Sustainable economic growth and business growth is a key priority for the County Council, the district councils and the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership. Set out in our corporate plan the Open for Business strategy focuses on ‘rebalancing’ Worcestershire’s local economy through a series of measures aimed at encouraging and supporting private sector investment, business and employment growth.
Central to the long term fortunes of the County are a large proportion of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) which account for over 90 % of all Worcestershire businesses and between them generate a high proportion of the County’s Gross Value Added. New businesses will play a significant role in growing the Worcestershire economy, one of the fastest growing economies in the Country.
The Start-Up and High Growth Start-Up support programme will run from June 2017 — July 2019. The programme aims to stimulate enterprise, develop new market opportunities, encourage investment, create new jobs and facilitate start-up and high growth start-up. The programme is being led by Worcestershire County Council with The Princes Trust and The University of Worcester acting as delivery partners and builds upon the successful Enterprising Worcestershire programme (2013 — 2015), which was part funded by the European Regional Development Fund).
The project will provide business advice and support to individuals in Worcestershire in order to enable them to start new enterprises, provide additional advice and support to those and other early stage SMEs in the county, as well as deliver high growth support to a number of pre-start and early stage enterprises with high growth potential.
The programme will be complimented by a grant fund which will be administered by the County Council and will offer grants of between 1 000 GBP and 5 000 GBP at a rate of 50 % match funding to eligible SMEs.
The County Council is seeking to appoint service providers for the provision of business start-up and high growth start-up support, as part of the Enterprising Worcestershire Start -Up and High growth Start-Up Programme through funding from the European Regional Development Fund, County and District Councils.
There are 3 specific strands of support detailed below and split into lots as follows:
Lot 1 General Start-Up Support.
Lot 2–5 Early Stage business Support.
Lot 6 High Growth Start-Up Support.
The target beneficiaries will be entrepreneurs or early stage SME’s based within Worcestershire or seeking to re-locate to Worcestershire, that require support in order to start their businesses or to grow businesses already trading for less than 36 months. These will typically be small businesses that are trading or intending to trade 70 % business to business (B2B) however, business to consumer (e.g. retail) is permitted in terms of pre-start up support under Lot 1 (see extract from eligibility rules below). Our expectation is that the majority of clients will be operating business to business.
The closing date for tender applications is 16:00 on Friday 21st April.
For details of how to apply for any of the Lots within this tender please read the Tender Guidance Document. Please answer all questions that are applicable to the Lot or Lots that you are bidding for.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Information about lots
Lot No: 1 Lot title: General Start-Up Support
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
Prior information notice
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: