Invitation to Tender: Peer to Peer network facilitation

Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership is delivering the Peer to Peer network for Cheshire and Warrington and is seeking to appoint a provider to deliver key elements of the Peer Network Programme. This is expected to support the growth of at least 100 SMEs, through the provisions of cohort groups.

Peer Networks are a national initiative that will be delivered locally through the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) network and their respective Growth Hubs. The programme’s longer-term aims are focused on reducing the UK productivity gap by helping business leaders find practical solutions to strategic and operational challenges. It also forms part of the UK Government response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing EU transition, seeking to improve the resilience of SMEs, their capability to adapt their business models to the “new normal” and position themselves for future success, driving longer-term productivity gains.

Peer Networks will form an important part of the Government’s drive to improve productivity and deliver part of the economic response to the effect of COVID-19 on businesses. It will provide support to SMEs as they move into and through the Recovery phase of COVID-19 response. The aim is to improve SME’s capability to adapt their business models to the “new normal”, position themselves for future success and drive longer term productivity gains through improved leadership and management skills and tech adoption.
The programme in Cheshire and Warrington will aim to target 100 participants in 2020-21.

The LEP is seeking to appoint experienced facilitators to deliver up to 2 cohorts each containing between 8 and 11 eligible participants.

The eligibility criteria is as follows:

• Operated for at least one year

• At least five employees and no more than 250

• A turnover of at least £100,000 but less than £45 million (up to March 2020)

• An aspiration to improve

• Be located within the Cheshire and Warrington boundaries

Download the full tender document here

Information about Peer to Peer networks document here

In order to be considered, potential providers will need to clearly demonstrate in their tender response how they will meet the required deliverables within the available budget and timescales.

Depending on the size of cohort the budget for each cohort is between £6,000 and £10,000 and should be demonstrated as a fixed cost exclusive of VAT.

Bidders are required to submit tenders in an electronic format  (i.e. MS Word/PDF) setting out the details given in the full tender document above.

Deadline for submission is 28 October 2020 at 17:00.  Submissions should be e-mailed to with the subject line “FAO Andy Devaney”  

If you require any clarifications relating to the information contained within this invitation to tender please contact Andy   before
12:00 noon on 20th October 2020. Responses to requests for clarification may not materially change any of the elements of the tenders submitted.