4th February 2021
Tender Deadline: 3rd March 2021.
The Growth Hub is the operational business support service of the D2N2 LEP ensuring what is delivered on the ground is informed by and shapes regional growth priorities.
As a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic and EU transition, HM Government have made additional funding available for supporting the recovery of SMEs as a key pillar of stimulating recovery and building a “new normal”. This has resulted in a subtle but important change in emphasis on the delivery of the Growth Hub service.
The Growth Hub strategy hasn’t changed, we are here to support businesses to thrive and grow and be a first port of call for all business needs, but much of the delivery in D2N2 is now focused on ensuring recovery and future resilience of SMEs. In addition, the Growth Hub will need to support businesses through the transformational change required as a result of the net zero agenda and IR4.
Initial work with partners and stakeholders has identified a number of key challenges facing business (not exhaustive):
Given this focus for the medium term and the fact that we are at the mid-way point in our Growth Hub ERDF contract, it is timely to undertake a review of the Growth Hub service to ensure that we maximise opportunities for improving ways of working and effective service delivery and exploring future delivery models post-ERDF in order to shape our offer in light of likely new Government policy and funding streams. In addition we would also expect the review to link across to the current national evaluation of Growth Hubs (delivered by Technopolis).
ERDF funding stipulates that a Summative Assessment is undertaken at the end of the project (March 2022). To aid consistency, this tender opportunity will cover both the Mid-Term Review and the final Summative Assessment in one commission.
1. The requirement of the evaluation is two-fold and will be delivered as two work packages:
2. A Summative Assessment (by Feb 2022), as required by our funders, should be underpinned by engagement with project beneficiaries and the project team. This culminates in a final evaluation on conclusion of the project, which will focus on assessing overall impact and lessons learnt to be used to inform the design of future projects.
The immediate commission to be delivered will be work package 1 (Interim Review and Evaluation Report) of the above. Work package 2 (Summative Assessment will be agreed at a future date. Guidance on the content of the Summative Assessment is provided by MHCLG and is included in the final tender documentation.
For the purposes of this tender, applicants should provide a single quote for both work packages with the tender awarded as a single commission.
The project is part-funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Tenders should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org marked “GHR1” in the subject section.
Any responses received after the tender deadline will not be considered. All responses will be acknowledged on receipt.
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