DigitalCity Specialist Business Coaching Invitation to Quote

DigitalCity Specialist Business Coaching Invitation to Quote

Coaching refers to advice given regarding specific issues or questions, where the advice is usually specific, practical and immediately actionable. Mentoring tends to have longer term, more strategic objectives, and in the case of start-up companies often takes the role normally associated with a strong board at a successful, more developed business.Reference number: MBC000238

Deadline date:26/06/2013

This deadline is for… Quotation Closing Date & Time 12 noon Wednesday 26th June 2013

Contract value:£20,000 – £20,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: Middlesbrough

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? Yes

Name of the buying organisation: DigitalCity

 

Description of the contract

DigitalCity Business has historically been part financed by the European Union and the European Regional Development Fund, and is currently applying for funding from this source for the 2012-15 period. We expect to receive confirmation of this funding later this summer. In the meantime, and to expedite project ramp up, DCB is conducting a procurement exercise for a number of services, including this invite to quote. Applicants should be aware that the contract on offer is subject to this funding being confirmed, and all application work is done at the applicant’s own risk. DigitalCity Business [DCB] is the business driver for the developing DigitalCity supercluster based in the Tees Valley. One of DCB’s tasks is driving cluster-focussed activities such as events, networking and collaboration initiatives in the Tees Valley. This is of particular importance given the Local Enterprise Partnership’s prioritisation of the digital sector, and the targets identified in its Digital Sector Action Plan. One key area we deliver support in is specialised support for digital and creative start-ups and accelerating SMEs, and we are now looking for business and digital professionals to deliver specialist coaching for those businesses. Coaching and Mentoring are sometimes used interchangeably but here they represent different processes. Coaching refers to advice given regarding specific issues or questions, where the advice is usually specific, practical and immediately actionable. Mentoring tends to have longer term, more strategic objectives, and in the case of start-up companies often takes the role normally associated with a strong board at a successful, more developed business: the setting and monitoring of long term strategic development objectives and the activities implemented to achieve these things, positive challenge to the executive, and non-executive functions. Business Growth Workshop System: Mentors may also be called upon to deliver modules within the Business Growth Workshop System, a 10 week intensive ‘business 101’. The BGWS comprises of 16 modules based around specialisms including – • Sales • Marketing • Business development • Personal development for business development • Team development The contracts offered are linked to specific areas of expertise, and are part-time and freelance in nature; the work will be called down by DCB as and when required and therefore the amount of work will vary and depend very largely on demand from the supported businesses. Because the work is varied, fluctuates, and requires high-level skill-sets of different kinds, we are looking for a wide range of professionals. Specialisms we want to cover include – • Business development / Sales • Business management • Marketing • App development, mobile and web technologies • Project management for digital and creative production • Product management We are also looking for coaches who are specialist in other business sectors, and whose experience can help digital companies penetrate the markets those other sectors, both nationally and internationally. These other business sector specialisms are – • Education • The process industries • Renewables • Logistics • Healthcare All the businesses coached are in the digital media, digital technologies and creative sectors, and the cornerstone of our approach is that professionals who have a successful track record and are currently working in these sectors are able to deliver the most appropriate, and the most effective coaching. This approach has proved successful over the past eight years, during which time the cluster has evolved from a relatively small number of SMEs to a large, vibrant and growing group of companies, with a rich mix of freelancers, niche and lifestyle businesses, businesses with genuine high growth potential and some already achieving this. So DigitalCity Business would like to invite quotes from everyone interested in contributing to this very special coaching system. To be considered as a coach, you need to fit at least one these descriptions – • A digital media or creative professional with a minimum demonstrable 10-year track record of success, and a demonstrable high-level expertise in at least one field identified above; or • A digital technology professional with a minimum demonstrable 5-year track record of success, and a demonstrable high-level expertise in at least one digital technology field identified above [the difference in the period requirement between these two definitions is due to the fast pace of development in the digital technology sector]; or • A professional with a demonstrably successful track record in one of the other sectors identified above [ie education, the process industries etc] whose experience and networks can clearly help digital companies penetrate those markets. And you must also have – • Active and current involvement with your sector specialisms • Genuine sector and business understanding • A commitment to excellence and innovation • A genuine network of contacts on a national and / or international level • Good interpersonal skills • A business or entrepreneurial mindset, a deep understanding of the challenges faced by SMEs and an empathy for the special challenges faced by graduate driven SMEs • A genuine interest in coaching, and engaging with SME businesses and the individuals in them Coaches are issued freelance contracts, which will run through to March 2015. All coaching contracts will be for a maximum of £20,000, but it should not be assumed that the maximum value will be executed. The amount is to allow DCB flexibility, with all coaching called down by DCB on an ‘as-needed’ basis [experience has shown that a typical DCB coach might do anything between a few days a year up to 20 days a year, depending on demand and their own timetables]. It should also be noted that if more than one coach is appointed to a specialism, the total spend in that area will not exceed £20,000. All coaches need to work inside and fit in with the small but extremely motivated DigitalCity Business team. If you are interested, please contact us in the first instance at info@dcbusiness.eu to receive a briefing document on DigitalCity, DigitalCity Business and the supercluster we are developing. This will give you a very clear idea of the ambitions we have, and the challenges we face achieving them, and will give you some idea of the kind of environment we work in. You might also want to visit www.dcbusiness.eu to get more information. Please note while you are free to apply under more than one expertise area, DCB takes the view that the kind of people it wishes to act as its coaches will be genuine experts in their field, and therefore unlikely to be suitable in more than one field [think of the 10,000 hour rule]. Because we are seeking to build a world class cluster, we are not looking for people who have a bit of experience in a number of fields; nor are we looking for the kind of consultant who thinks light engagement with no commitment is adequate; and you should be aware that DCB is populated by people who have great experience in the digital and creative sectors, and therefore this invite to quote is not for those who are looking for a soft number or and easy ride. If you would then like to be considered, you should submit a proposal detailing – 1 The services you can offer, being extremely specific about the area you are expert in; 2 Why you think you would make a great coach; 3 The experience you have of coaching, and – 4 The approach you take when coaching; 5 The price you are offering for your services [as a day rate]; For a number of reasons, our mentors have always tended to give their services at less than their normal rates: it’s often about wanting to help new and emerging talent coupled with the realisation that projects such as DigitalCity have limited budgets. While not offering services at less than normal rates is not a deal-breaker [nor a deal-maker], if you would like to do so please tell us, and add details of your normal day rate; 6 What PI insurance you have in regard to coaching, and if you do what level it works at [please note not having PI insurance is not essential, but this does require a few more steps for us to bring a coach onboard]. The proposal should be no more than 1,000 words long. DCB reserves the right to eliminate any submission over this length with no further consideration of it. 7 You should also submit your full CV / biography [this is over and above the 1,000 words]. All documents should be in either .doc, .docx or .pdf form Your proposals must be submitted by email to the email address shown below. Quotations@Middlesbrough.gov.uk. Please ensure the subject line of the email returning the quotation includes the quotation reference number MBC000238 Without this number the e-quotations system will not accept the quotation. The closing date for submissions is 12 noon, Wednesday 26th June 2013. If you require any further information prior to submitting your proposal please contact Daniel Watson at DigitalCity Business [daniel.watson@dcbusiness.eu].

 

Documents

Classification of the contract

79400000 Business and management consultancy and related services

 

Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 36 Months

 

Who to contact

Contact name Daniel Watson

Organisation name DigitalCity

Address , TS2 1AE

Telephone +44 0 1642 248 692

Extension number:

Fax

Web address

 

How to apply

If you would then like to be considered, you should submit a proposal detailing – 1 The services you can offer, being extremely specific about the area you are expert in; 2 Why you think you would make a great coach; 3 The experience you have of coaching, and – 4 The approach you take when coaching; 5 The price you are offering for your services [as a day rate]; For a number of reasons, our mentors have always tended to give their services at less than their normal rates: it’s often about wanting to help new and emerging talent coupled with the realisation that projects such as DigitalCity have limited budgets. While not offering services at less than normal rates is not a deal-breaker [nor a deal-maker], if you would like to do so please tell us, and add details of your normal day rate; 6 What PI insurance you have in regard to coaching, and if you do what level it works at [please note not having PI insurance is not essential, but this does require a few more steps for us to bring a coach onboard]. The proposal should be no more than 1,000 words long. DCB reserves the right to eliminate any submission over this length with no further consideration of it. 7 You should also submit your full CV / biography [this is over and above the 1,000 words]. All documents should be in either .doc, .docx or .pdf form Your proposals must be submitted by email to the email address shown below. Quotations@Middlesbrough.gov.uk. Please ensure the subject line of the email returning the quotation includes the quotation reference number MBC000238 Without this number the e-quotations system will not accept the quotation. The closing date for submissions is 12 noon, Wednesday 26th June 2013. If you require any further information prior to submitting your proposal please contact Daniel Watson at DigitalCity Business [daniel.watson@dcbusiness.eu].