FUNDING: Provision of Community Based Enterprise Support Activities

Procurement opportunity deliver a range of pre-start and start-up activities and specialist business support services as part of the Enterprising Newcastle programme.


2 Years to 5 Years

Duration Notes

The duration of the contract is two years with an option to extend for an additional one year period.

Further Information

Newcastle City Council (NCC) is inviting applications to deliver a community based package of enterprise support activities aimed at improving entrepreneurship levels in the most disadvantaged areas in the city.

NCC is seeking to deliver Enterprising Newcastle (EN), a two year programme of activity to build upon the successes of the Newcastle Enterprise Package (NEP), which was funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013 and NCC, and is due to come to an end in June 2011.

EN activities will fall under the following three key themes:

  • Theme A – Entrepreneurial young people.
  • Theme B – Business pre-start and start-up.
  • Theme C – Growing business.

Applicants may bid for one or more of the following Lots:

Lot 1: Enterprise in education (Theme A).

The enterprise in learning coordinator will have a budget to cover the cost of staging events and buying in specific services to support schools with tailor-made services to suit their needs.
Providers will be required to deliver animation activities will take place that:

  • Tackle mindsets.
  • Challenge pupils.
  • Link to other areas of the curriculum.
  • Inspire young people to explore new possibilities for their future.

Activities should also include specific activities that demonstrate the realities of running a business and development of skills to do so in the future, as well as support to develop and start up a real school based business.

Activities can be defined under the following broad headings:

  • Business support and registration.
  • Creating positive mindsets.
  • Business reality.
  • Business ideas and marketing.
  • Developing internal capacity to deliver enterprise in school.
  • Activities will reach across the most targeted areas of the city and:
  • Customise and extend current entrepreneurial support provided by partners.

Activities will be delivered by a range of providers through a multi provider framework; services will be allotted through a mini competition process.

Lot 2: Business pre-start-up and start-up (Theme B).

This Lot will be awarded to a single provider who will be required to ensure that local residents have access to enterprise support services by utilising local access points where support and advice will be accessible in a way that is effective and appropriate to peoples’ needs.

Applicants are advised that:

  • The East City Enterprise Support Centre will be retained as the main EN delivery "hub".
  • Local intermediaries will need to be equipped with the information and skills required to identify potential clients and to ensure that they engage with EN.
  • Clients will be supported to develop all types of business models (including the growth of social enterprises, CICs and cooperatives) to ensure that they make sound and well informed decisions when committing to enterprise.

Lot 3: Small enterprise loan fund (Theme B).

To manage a 'small enterprise loan fund (SELF) to provide start-up loans up to a maximum of £600. NCC is open to considering a number of different delivery methods for this lot.

Lot 4: Social enterprise support for voluntary and community organisations (Theme B).

This Lot will be awarded to a single provider who will be required to:

  • Build on the success and momentum gained throughout Newcastle Enterprise Package.
  • Deliver activities aimed at constituted voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) to support them to become more enterprising and to consider options to increase sustainability through new trading activities and the creation of new businesses.
  • Support VCOs to develop their ideas and produce viable business proposals, secure funding and access external support to set up and run their own business ventures successfully.

Lot 5: Bespoke procurement (Theme C).

This Lot will be awarded to a single provider who will be required to provide procurement support that complements existing procurement support offered through 'compete for' and will add value to potential regional procurement initiatives.

The provider will utilise their expertise to deliver bespoke procurement support and activities that will enhance local regeneration and ensure that local businesses and social enterprises maximise new market potential and direct purchasing opportunities.

Activities may also include a flexible resource that can deliver and/or procure specialist support (not necessarily procurement support) to react to the needs of local businesses as and when required and support the work of the NCC’s area based officers with the local businesses.

Applicants are advised that the likely delivery timetable is expected to start from September 2011 to August 2013, depending upon the certification of ERDF funding and no contracts will be awarded prior to funding being secured. A final decision on NCC's funding bid is not expected before September 2011; therefore all submissions will be developed at risk.

Bid Process

Applicants must register with the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) portal (opens in a new window) to access application documents, including a Pre Qualification Questionnaire.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 12 noon on 22 July 2011.

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this funding opportunity locally, please contact the following:

Contact details:
Saima Wahid Newcastle City Council
Newcastle City Council
Chief Executives Office
Civic Centre
Barras Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE99 2BN
01912 116936
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