Tenders are being invited by Northamptonshire County Council for the delivery of a series of workshops aimed at supporting the digital activity of SMEs in the county as part of the Northamptonshire Digital Enhancement project (NoDE).


The European Regional Development Fund supported project aims to develop digital innovation and improve broadband connectivity within small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across Northamptonshire. This will be achieved through a combination of workshops, advice, grants and connection vouchers dependent upon the needs of each SME.

This project is being delivered in partnership with the University of Northampton through the Northamptonshire Growth Hub.

Tenders to deliver the workshop element – a series of half-day workshops designed to address the key issues in digital development affecting SMEs – are now being requested and should include details for a programme of workshops which will support up to 200 SMEs to grow digitally. Potential topics may include:

  • Digital marketing strategies
  • Changes to online regulations e.g. taxation
  • Online security
  • Cloud computing for business
  • Future proofing your business through emerging technologies

Submissions which include the delivery of some sessions online (webinars) will also be considered – however the supplier will need to demonstrate clearly how they will address all EU regulations, specifically relating to evidence reporting requirements.

It is anticipated that workshops will commence soon after contact award and will run until December 2018.

Workshop programme delivery requirements:

In order to deliver the project services to SMEs, Northamptonshire County Council wishes to procure a provider who can develop and deliver interactive workshops in venues across Northamptonshire or online.

We are seeking specialists in their field to facilitate and deliver each workshop topic using case studies and content tailored to meet the needs of aspirational and high growth potential businesses. Ideally, applicants will have a proven track record in growing their own business and providing digital solutions to other companies or with relevant previous funded programmes.


Total budget available: £24,000.

This includes provision to deliver the workshop programm, preparation of workshop content, presentation and hand-outs or electronic supporting material.

The fee element shall include the cost of all labour, equipment, delivery, materials and travel.

All quotes submitted must state whether VAT is included or not, however please note that the budget is exclusive of VAT.

Contractual arrangements

Successful providers will be expected to enter into a service agreement with Northamptonshire County Council and work closely with the project team to ensure successful delivery of the project.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of current Professional Indemnity Insurance to the value of at least £250,000.

Queries about the procurement

Any queries must be submitted by email to Sarah Ellwood at sellwood@northamptonshire.gov.uk.

NCC does not accept, and will not respond to any verbal requests for clarification / information.

All questions and responses will be made available to all applicants, in an anonymous form.

Completed documents should be submitted by 5pm 29th September 2017 to Sarah Ellwood at sellwood@northamptonshire.gov.uk.


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