Invitation to Tender: Web Design and Build Services

Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) wish to engage with suppliers to design and build the LEP family of websites.

The LEP family comprises Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership; Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Hub; Cheshire Science Corridor; Marketing Cheshire and Meet in Cheshire; plus the emerging place marketing platform ‘Invest and/or Live in Cheshire’.

The primary aim of the website development project is to position the LEP family of sites as the main gateway platforms for information on Cheshire and Warrington, supporting our national and international reach and inspiring and engaging users with an interest in the LEP activities and economy, and as a place to invest, live, work and visit.

Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is seeking to redevelop its corporate website www.871candwep.co.uk and those of its family of delivery brands – Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub (GH) www.candwgrowthhub.co.uk, Cheshire Science Corridor www.cheshiresciencecorridorez.com. In addition, following a recent merger with Marketing Cheshire, we would like their websites www.marketingcheshire.co.uk and www.meetincheshire.co.uk to be incorporated into the overarching site plan, sharing navigation and having a similar look and feel.

The LEP is now seeking to appoint a web agency to design and build a new website platform.

A ‘family brand’ approach mega-site with key business strands, or a series of stand-alone sites, will be considered. The appointed agency will need to propose the best solution with clear benefit analysis to justify proposals. It is important that the needs of the various user groups drive the solution, whilst taking in to account the requirement for best value.

The agency will also provide training and access to the CMS so that content can be updated by designated admins.

Hosting, maintenance/updates and relevant licences/security certificates will be required.

We are open to exploring the best option for our websites e.g. one super site, or individual sites that are clearly connected and part of the same family.

Shared technology across all sites will be required to optimise user experience; create economies of scale; and allow measurable and consist insights/analytics to be obtained.

The recommendation and justification for the selection of technology in the delivered solution, including hosting requirements, redundancy of technology, system monitoring & reporting.

Technical workshops as required to achieve a match on both our outcomes for the website(s) and the capabilities and roadmap of the technology used to deliver the website(s) – This to allow for future growth and a development lifecycle relevant and appropriate to our needs.

Download the full tender document here.

Download the final questions and answers to the Web Design and Build Services tender document here.

Bidders are required to submit tenders of no more than 40 pages A4 in an electronic format (i.e. MS Word/PDF) to email: tenders@871candwep.co.uk by 5pm, 17th February 2020.

If you require any clarifications relating to the information contained within this invitation to tender please contact the C&WLEP by email at tenders@871candwep.co.uk marked for the attention of Catherine Walker before 16.00hrs on 6th February 2020. Responses to requests for clarification may not materially change any of the elements of the tenders submitted. Any additional information provided by the LEP as a result of requests for clarification will be made available to all potential bidders via the CWLEP website : http://www.871candwep.co.uk/resource-types/tenders/