Business Support Delivery Provider for ERDF Connecting Cambridgeshire

Business Support Delivery Provider for ERDF Connecting Cambridgeshire

Connecting Cambridgeshire, the local partnership driving economic growth by making the most of the latest digital technologies, has secured £1.173 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support Cambridgeshire and Peterborough businesses.

REFERENCE Bravo PQQ:27857

Awarding body Cambridgeshire County Council

Est. value

£150,000

Est. Start Date: 01/11/2013
Est. End Date: 31/03/2014

Description

Connecting Cambridgeshire, the local partnership driving economic growth by making the most of the latest digital technologies, has secured £1.173 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support Cambridgeshire and Peterborough businesses.

The money will provide business support activities, encourage innovation and deliver eligible SMEs with detailed advice on how they can realise the business benefits of digital technologies. Businesses will be supported with a grant to deliver the improvements identified.

The contract being advertised is to deliver the business support services (e.g. events, 1-2-1 advice, support and guidance) across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. An initial diagnostic process, followed-up with bespoke technology recommendations for eligible SMEs, will be delivered by the specialist business support provider that we are seeking to appoint.

In order to assist companies looking to adopt new technologies, access to a grant fund would be made available. Businesses will be required to match fund the grant from their own resources. In general, the grant funding could be spent on final mile connections to broadband networks, and/or hardware, software, additional specialist consultancy, for example. Administering the grant fund is NOT part of the contract being tendered.
The business support contract will begin 1 November 2013 and the grant fund will open for applications in January 2014.

Return date and time for the completed PQQ is 12.00 noon Monday 9 September 2013.

Please note that this advert will not be available as of the document request deadline. Please ensure that you have made a copy of any relevant documents or information prior to this date. Responses can still be submitted up until the document return deadline. 

Additional information

Contract Type One off
Procurement Process Restricted Tender
Option to extend n/a
Estimated ValueText Description
Category Business, Consultancy, Specialist Support,
CPV codes 79000000, 98000000,
Suitable for SME YES

Document Available Until

9 September 2013

18 days

Submission Return By

9 September 2013

18 days

extend contract options:

n/a

Contact Details

Cambridgeshire County Council
Bravo PQQ:27857
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