The Greater London Authority (the ‘GLA’ or ‘Contracting Authority’) is seeking to appoint a Supplier to develop and deliver a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded business support programme (‘Project’).To deliver the services the Supplier will appoint a minimum of 5 business advisors with Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI) or equivalent qualifications, and an administrator and a programme manager, all positions are to be full time and working exclusively on this Project.
The Supplier selected through this procurement process will deliver a business support programme in locations across London’s sub regions, with one central hub and four spokes across north, south, west and east London.Each location will have additional satellite locations for recruitment of beneficiaries and delivery of workshops.The Project will provide the opportunity for businesses across London to enquire and learn about business support and programmes available locally and across London, to support them on their journey from start up to growth, although most of the activity will be focused on established businesses with capacity to increase productivity or growth. The services provided will be sector agnostic in order to support ‘everyday economy sectors’, that want to unlock growth, investment and make productivity improvements
The Supplier must ensure that project activities are ERDF compliant and that an audit trail of expenditure and project activities is kept at all times.
The Contracting Authority will initially allocate £1,500,000 for a 27 month project. During the initial project lifetime the GLA may request the supplier to increase the scope (additional staff and additional outputs) of the project if additional funding is secured and/or may extend the project lifetime for an additional period of up to 24 months. If the project is augmented and/or extended to a maximum period of up to 24 months the project value will increase to a maximum of £3,500,000.