Business Support Contract South West – Invitation to Quote

Business Support Contract South West – Invitation to Quote

To design, deliver, monitor and report on a package of business support.

Contract summary



Location of contract

South West

Value of contract


Published date

29 November 2017

Closing date

03 January 2018

Contract start date

16 January 2018

Contract end date

15 January 2019

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?




CLOSING TIME FOR BIDS IS 03/01/2018 14:00 HOURS. DO NOT APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE BUYER. To express your interest in this opportunity email
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) are seeking organisations that have the capacity, capability and expertise to deliver a training programme tailored for businesses that fit the following criteria:
• Early-stage technology businesses working intensively on R&D and commercial approach
• In most cases less than 5 years old
• Pre-revenue and generally likely to be running their own business for the first time
• Generally employ fewer than 5 people.
The business support programme will set out to achieve the following:
• Perform a diagnostic to ascertain the specific stage of development and key requirements of each business
• Supply businesses with the key skills and knowledge required to run a successful technology business and increase their chance of survival
• Contribute to the successful commercialisation of technologies by providing advice and training in key business-critical areas supporting the development of a robust business plan
• Provide crucial skills and confidence in pitching for investment and introductions to investors to help fund technology development and commercialisation
• Create a step change for the businesses where they can demonstrate that the programme has made a difference, e.g. attracting external investment, finding new customers.
• Provide STFC with case study material on a business that has derived real benefit from the programme and a positive impact on the business can be demonstrated
• Contribute to the wider objectives of STFC and the Harwell Campus by being an active player in the campus and wider Oxfordshire business community.
The objective for the contractor is to design, deliver, monitor and report on a package of business support to offer and/or signpost to advice in areas which would typically include:
• Intellectual Property
• Company law and legal support
• Basic business finance and R&D tax credits
• Sales, marketing and branding
• Market research and strategy
• Team building, HR, employment law
• Business communication skills
• Business planning
• Investment readiness training to include pitching to investors.
This is not intended as an exhaustive list and potential contractors should set out their proposed programme contents.


About the buyer


Polaris House



Other information


Bidder – Logging into Emptoris for the first time.docx

Bidder – Logging into Emptoris for the first time.docx

Bidder Training.docx

Bidder Training.docx

PS17230 AW5.2 Price Schedule

PS17230 AW5.2 Price Schedule.pdf

PS17230 ITQ Invitation to Quote

PS17230 ITQ Invitation to Quote.pdf

PS17230 ITQ Invitation to Quote questions

PS17230 ITQ Invitation to Quote questions.pdf

PS17230-S1-Services purchasing contract

PS17230-S1-Services purchasing contract- low risk.pdf

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How to apply

Please apply directly to the buyer using the contact details provided.


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