Business Gateway Workshops and Advice Sessions

Business Gateway Workshops and Advice Sessions

The Council is looking to set up a framework agreement with suppliers to deliver ‘one to many’ workshops and ‘one to one’ specialist advice on the topics listed below.

Framework for Business Gateway Workshops and Advice Sessions


1 Authority Details


Authority Name and Address

Argyll and Bute Council

Procurement, Kilmory ,


PA31 8RT


Frank Smith

+44 1546604194

+44 1546604411


Address from which documentation may be obtained

As in 1.1


Completed documents must be returned to:

As in 1.1

2 Contract Details



Framework for Business Gateway Workshops and Advice Sessions


Description of the goods or services required

The Council is looking to set up a framework agreement with suppliers to deliver ‘one to many’ workshops and ‘one to one’ specialist advice on the topics listed below

It is not presumed that one supplier will deliver across all elements, nor deliver all types of workshops or specialist advice. Interest is welcomed from suppliers looking to deliver individual components of the support.

To ensure consistency of workshop delivery for clients, it is anticipated that one supplier per workshop be selected, to deliver across the whole region. Normally workshops are scheduled at least three months in advance so the Council can work flexibly with the selected providers to agree suitable dates.

For specialist advice, tailored sessions of one or two days per client are booked in response to client needs, so several suppliers per topic may be selected in order to deliver a timely service. Normally suppliers would be requested to meet a client within two weeks.

Workshop topics

The framework agreement will appoint one supplier for each of the following workshop topics:


1.constructing a basic business website

2.evaluating and improving a business website

3.introduction to trading online

social media

4.introduction to using social media for business

5.using social media more effectively for business


6.becoming an employer

7.managing staff

sales & marketing your business

9.delivering effective advertising and PR on a limited budget

10.retail merchandising

11.helping craft businesses reach more customers

12.selling skills

other skills for small business owners

14.funding your business

15.understanding pricing for profit

Suppliers appointed within the framework agreement may be asked to deliver additional workshops in a related subject area, based on evidence of demand from clients, or to evolve the workshop subject area to meet client needs.

Specialist advice

The framework agreement will appoint one or more suppliers for each of the following specialist advice subjects:

HR issues (recruiting, managing and developing people)



Growth strategy development

Securing funding


Specialist advice sessions are scheduled as and when required, after the client has been referred by a Business Gateway adviser. Normally the session would take place at the client’s business premises or a Business Gateway office.

NOTE: The buyer is using PCS-Tender to carry out this procurement process. Please note this is a separate website and if you are not already registered, registration will be required.

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For further information on using PCS-Tender, please read the Supplier Response Guide:

If you have already registered on Public Contracts Scotland and PCS-Tender and paired your accounts you can access PCS-Tender through your Public Contracts Scotland Control Panel.


Notice Coding and Classification

261400 Training and Conferences

120 Highlands and Islands
150 Glasgow & Strathclyde


Total quantity or scope of tender

3 Conditions for Participation


Minimum standards and qualification required

Conditions for participation are given in the tender document.

4 Administrative Information


Type of Procedure

Single stage – Any candidate may submit a tender.


Reference number attributed to the notice by the contracting authority



Time Limits

a) Time-limit for obtaining documentation

b) Time-limit for receipt of completed tenders
24-04-2015  Time  12:00

c) Estimated award date 05-06-2015


Language or languages in which tenders or requests to participate can be drawn up



Tender Submission Postbox

5 Other Information


Additional Information

(SC Ref:341000)


Additional Documentation


Publication date of this notice