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Our current vacancies and tender opportunities are listed below. 

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Vacancy: Growth Hub Board member

Date advertised

 

1st June 2017

CV submission deadline

 

23rd June 2017

Interviews

 

28th June 2017

Start date

 

27th July 2017

 

The Opportunity

We have vacancies for two new members of the Growth Hub Board to represent the interests of customers and to ensure that customer needs are firmly embedded in SEMLEP plans and developments for our growth hubs and are looking for people with the following experience and qualities:

Essential

  • Current experience of running and growing a successful business or social enterprise
  • Enthusiastic, positive and flexible attitude
  • Able to commit sufficient time and give leadership to help deliver SEMLEP’s objectives
  • Knowledge of the SEMLEP area

Desirable

  • Experience of one or more of SEMLEP’s showcase sectors: Manufacturing and Advanced Technology, Logistics and Supply Chain, High Performance Technology and Cultural and Creative.  
  • Understanding of corporate governance
  • A demonstrable interest in taking forward SEMLEP’s business support plans.

Commitment

You will need to commit to and participate in three or four Project Board meetings each year, (each lasting two to three hours, with a similar time required to read papers),  attend other SEMLEP events whenever possible and to engage with the business community as an advocate for SEMLEP.  Board members are encouraged to abide by the Nolan Principles of Public Life.

Project Board members are not remunerated, however reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Start date

The date of the next Board meeting is 27th July 2017.

 

About the Growth Hubs

SEMLEP currently has two growth hubs, the first is Velocity which was established by SEMLEP in January 2014 as part of the Wave 2 Growth Hubs programme funded by government to promote economic prosperity and provide coordinated access for local businesses to national and local business support services.

The main elements of its services comprise a website www.Velocitygrowthhub.com, seven business advisers six employed by SEMLEP, the other sub-contracted out.  There are revenue and capital grants to support business development projects and a programme of business workshops. The growth hub itself has four full-time staff, based at SEMLEP’s office at Cranfield Innovation Centre.

Northamptonshire Growth Hub has come under SEMLEP governance more recently following a merger with another LEP last year.  It is operated by the University of Northampton and Northamptonshire County Council.  They have a number of programmes aimed at small businesses including Ready 2 Grow and Innovate Northampton www.northamptonshiregrowthhub.co.uk.

Two meetings take place to oversee the growth hubs.  The first is the Velocity ERDF Project Board and the second is the Growth Hub Board.  The role of which is:

  • to scrutinise performance management of agreed activities
  • to provide stewardship of business support funds, programmes and projects
  • to offer skills and expertise to SEMLEP staff and delivery partners
  • to stretch thinking and to challenge ways of working

For more information, download the full Growth Hub Board member vacancy document. 

If you are interested in applying for this position please email your CV and a covering letter to douglas@velocitygrowthhub.com.  If you would like to have an informal chat about the post please contact the Head of Business Services, Gayle Parker on 01234 436100.

Vacancy: Senior Project Coordinator

 

Senior Project Coordinator (Monitoring and Compliance) 

Salary: £25,000 pa+ 3% emp pension + 25 days holiday + bank holidays

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday

Contract Type: This contract will initially be until 31st December 2018, extension will be subject to continued government funding. 

Reports to: Project Manager

Location: Cranfield Innovation Centre, University Way, Bedfordshire, MK43 0BT

Job Summary: 

The successful candidate will be required to: 

  • Ensure compliance with ERDF guidelines
  • Work as part of the team and provide support for the Velocity Growth Hub
  • Understand and document information requirements for the Velocity Project Board and funders including contractual targets and Key Performance Indicators and ensure the data, recording and document control is kept up-to-date
  • Organise finances and outputs evidence, edit/ review claims and reports to be submitted to BEIS/ DCLG
  • Organise and support meetings with business advisers and delivery partners, including arranging meetings, producing agendas and papers, setting up for meetings, minute taking and circulating actions
  • Liaise with the Velocity business advisers to ensure that transaction recording supports performance reporting and that they provide eligibility information/forms for the business support provided
  • Identify, recommend and then implement approved opportunities for process / system improvements within CRM and Websites
  • Become the expert in-house for the management and administration of the CRM system and liaise with Alcium (the software provider) to ensure the CRM system supports working methods and performance reporting
  • Monitoring and recording of staff time that is ineligible for ERDF funding through timesheets, triage logs and investment panel decision form
  • Ensure that all timesheets and expenses are completed correctly and submitted on time
  • Monitor and collate evidence of project activities (compliance and inception)
  • Develop, set-up and maintain accurate filing systems
  • Assist the Project Manager by gathering project evidence
  • Support the Project Manager with the procurement process

 

The above is not an exhaustive list of duties and you will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by your changing role within the organisation and the overall business objectives of the organisation.

 

Please note that this post will be part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Please ensure that you read the full Job Decsription and Person Specification before applying for this postion.

 

Recruitment Timetable:

 

Advertised on:

Monday 19th June 2017

Closing Date:

5pm on Friday 14th July 2017

First Interview Date:

Friday 21st July 2017

Second Interview Date:

Thursday 27th July 2017

Start date:

ASAP

 

How to Apply:

Application is by CV and a cover letter outlining the reasons for your interest in this position and why you believe yourself to be suitable in line with the person specification. To assist us with effectively monitoring Equality and Diversity, please also complete our monitoring form which can be found here.These should be submitted by 5pm on Friday 14th July 2017. Please submit your application by email to: ellen.withey@semlep.com.

DOWNLOAD the full JD, person specification and application form here. 

If you would like a confidential discussion about the role, please contact: Marcela Crusco on 01234 436100.

 

We are committed to attracting, recruiting and developing a diverse workforce that reflects the diversity of the South East Midlands population our work is aimed at. Our vision is to embed equality and diversity into our day to day business and create an inclusive working culture where everyone is treated with respect and dignity and feels valued. We recognise the value of having a diverse workforce to achieving SEMLEP’s vision and the need to promote equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment in order to support each individual to achieve their full potential. We welcome applications from all backgrounds regardless of age, disability, faith, gender, gender reassignment, pregnancy/maternity, race or sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and we would consider applications on a part-time, compressed hours or job share basis.

 

If you would like further information or have any specific access requirements to enable you to complete the application process please contact us on 01234 436100 or e-mail ellen.withey@semlep.com

 

Vacancy: ESIF Manager

ESIF Manager 

Salary: £37,000 pa + 3% emp pension + 25 days holiday + bank holidays 

Hours: 37.5 hours per week  

Contract Type: Fixed term contract until 31stOctober 2018, subject to funding 

Reports to: Deputy Chief Executive 

Location: Cranfield Innovation Centre, University Way, Bedfordshire, MK43 0BT 

 

Job Summary 

The post-holder will facilitate bidders/tenderers access to ESIF monies (both ERDF and ESF) under the current programme 

Key accountabilities for this role include:  

  • Lead, manage and deliver SEMLEP’s programme of technical assistance through the next phase of implementation of the ESIF Programme 

  • Provide in-depth knowledge of ESIF funding and policy issues 

  • Provide strategic management of relations with partners, funders and external stakeholders 

  • Co-ordinate and chair the SEMLEP ESF Providers’ Forum 

  • Oversee research and analysis of best practice in ESIF  

  • Management of ESF and ERDF budgets and reporting to external funders 

  • Represent SEMLEP on ESIF Sub-committee  

  • Deputise for the SEMLEP Deputy CEO representing the interests of SEMLEP at ESIF related external meetings and events 

The above is not an exhaustive list of duties and you will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by your changing role within the organisation and the overall business objectives of the organisation. 

 

Please ensure that you read the full job description before applying for this position.  

Recruitment Timetable:  

Advertised on:

Wednesday 31st May 2017 

Closing date:

Wednesday 28th June 2017, 5pm 

Interview date:

Friday 7th July 2017 

Second Interview date:

Friday 14th July 2017 

 

How to apply: 

Application is by CV and a cover letter outlining the reasons for your interest in this position and why you believe yourself to be suitable in line with the person specification. To assist us with effectively monitoring Equality and Diversity, please complete our monitoring form which can be found here. You should submit your application by email to: ellen.withey@semlep.com.

 We are committed to attracting, recruiting and developing a diverse workforce that reflects the diversity of the South East Midlands population our work is aimed at. Our vision is to embed equality and diversity into our day to day business and create an inclusive working culture where everyone is treated with respect and dignity and feels valued. We recognise the value of having a diverse workforce to achieving SEMLEP’s vision and the need to promote equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment in order to support each individual to achieve their full potential. We welcome applications from all backgrounds regardless of age, disability, faith, gender, gender reassignment, pregnancy/maternity, race or sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and we would consider applications on a part-time, compressed hours or job share basis. If you would like further information or have any specific access requirements to enable you to complete the application process please contact us on 01234 436100 or e-mail ellen.withey@semlep.com

Please note that this position is funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).  

ESIF Logo

 

Vacancy: Strategic Economic Plan Internship

Strategic Economic Plan - Internship

Salary: National Minimum Wage

Hours: Part-time, hours to be discussed

Contract Type: Fixed Term

          Start Date: Week commencing 3rd July 2017

          End Date: Friday 28th July 2017

Reports to: Deputy Chief Executive

Location: Cranfield Innovation Centre, University Way, Bedfordshire, MK43 0BT

Job Summary:

The post-holder will support our Business and Economic Analyst on the production of our Strategic Economic Plan (SEP). This will include; data gathering/ analysing; proof reading and collating feedback.

They will also support the Communications Manager in the run up to the launch of the SEP.

Please ensure that you read the full job description and person specification before applying for this role.

Recruitment Timetable:

Closing Date:

9am on Thursday 29th June 2017

Interview Date:

Friday 30th June 2017

 

 

 How to Apply:

Application is by CV and a cover letter outlining the reasons for your interest in this position and why you believe yourself to be suitable in line with the person specification. To assist us with effectively monitoring Equality and Diversity, please also complete our monitoring form which can be found here. These should be submitted by 09:00 on Thursday 29th June 2017. Please submit your application by email to: ellen.withey@semlep.com.

If you would like a confidential discussion about the role, please contact: Hilary Chipping on 01234 436100.

We are committed to attracting, recruiting and developing a diverse workforce that reflects the diversity of the South East Midlands population our work is aimed at. Our vision is to embed equality and diversity into our day to day business and create an inclusive working culture where everyone is treated with respect and dignity and feels valued. We recognise the value of having a diverse workforce to achieving SEMLEP’s vision and the need to promote equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment in order to support each individual to achieve their full potential. We welcome applications from all backgrounds regardless of age, disability, faith, gender, gender reassignment, pregnancy/maternity, race or sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and we would consider applications on a part-time, compressed hours or job share basis.

If you would like further information or have any specific access requirements to enable you to complete the application process please contact us on 01234 436100 or e-mail ellen.withey@semlep.com

OPEN TENDER: Velocity Growth Hub Workshops

Tender Title

 

  Velocity Growth Hub Workshops

Procurement Nº

  PR 1316

 

Issue Specification

  02nd June 2017

Deadline

  07th July 2017 – 5:00 pm

 

 

The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) was set up in May 2011 as one of 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in England. Established by the Coalition Government. LEPs play a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertaking activities that drive economic growth and the creation of local jobs. More information can be found on its website www.semlep.com.

SEMLEP is formed as a company limited by guarantee. It has many partners including 14 local authorities, local businesses, business organisations and many other private and public organisations. In addition to the work that SEMLEP carries out we also have a business support arm, called Velocity Growth Hub which provides free business support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) www.VelocityGrowthHub.com

Velocity Growth Hub was established by SEMLEP in 2014 with funding from the Regional Growth Fund through Lancaster University. The Velocity Growth Hub aims to connect small and medium sized businesses in the South East Midlands with tailored support to enable them to grow.

The main elements of the Growth Hub are:

  • A business information portal
  • A team of seven business advisers
  • Revenue and capital grants for business support
  • A programme of business workshops
  • Focussed business development within the four showcase sectors identified by SEMLEP

This tender opportunity is part funded by ERDF and form part of the Velocity ERDF Project.


Background                                                                                                                           

Velocity Growth Hub has delivered over 100 workshops on a variety of topics such as Attracting and Managing Investors, Smash your Sales Targets, How to Negotiate Successfully, New Ways to Finance your Business, Driving Traffic to your Website, Introduction to Digital Marketing and How to Win Business Using Social Media.

Velocity workshops are known locally for their market-leading content which responds to real business issues faced by growing SME’s.

SEMLEP wishes to appoint a sub-contractor to prepare and deliver between 35 and 42 business support workshops for small to medium sizes business across the South East Midlands between September 2017 and September 2018.

The workshops will need to be a seamless part of the Velocity business support offer to high Growth SME’s in the South East Midlands, which includes one-to-one support from seven business advisers, a grants programme and the workshops.


Requirements

Velocity Growth Hub run by SEMLEP, wish to appoint an organisation/s to:

  • Provide a wide range of Digital Marketing/social media, Sales Strategies, Marketing Strategy, Leadership, Pitching and Presenting workshops to SME’s in South East Midlands area (Aylesbury Vale, Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Cherwell, Corby, Daventry, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, Luton, Milton Keynes, Northampton, South Northamptonshire, and Wellingborough).
  • The final choice of the proposed topics and the number of workshops to be delivered will be agreed between SEMLEP and the successful tender-party.
    • Each workshop duration will be no less than 3 hours, running on a working day
    • Workshop content and slides for each workshop is required to be approved by SEMLEP, this will be commissioned with the provider and in line with the ESIF branding and publicity guidance, the final work would belong to SEMLEP. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/564432/esif_branding_and_publicity_requirements.pdf
    • Experience of delivering training / workshops to groups of around 10-25 individuals and ideally has relevant professional qualifications
    • Ability to work with a wide range of clients from many different backgrounds and to adapt style to meet the needs of different client groups.
    • Flexible availability with the ability to respond rapidly to need as it arises.
    • A track record of success with suitable professional qualifications and accreditations
    • Good understanding of the business context and business services environment
    • Ability to provide regular, timely, statistics and qualitative feedback in a form to be agreed;
    • The supplier will be responsible for preparing the workshop content, organising workshop facilitators, venue hire, AV equipment and refreshments for the workshops. They will also be required to produce A4 workbooks for the workshops and complete some workshop admin, such as recording the feedback forms and creating the workshops slides and workbook.

The workshop should include the following:

  • Presentation on the theory that is relevant to SME owners/directors.
  • Examples of how they can use it in their business
  • Exercise(s) to get the businesses involved
  • Any other relevant information for an SME owner/director in order to assist growth within the business.

SME-relevant content – The workshops will deliver relevant content based on real business expertise, helping owner-managers of high-growth SMEs to tackle issues they are encountering in their businesses. Each workshop must provide a clearly defined set of learning outcomes. SEMLEP expects that this would mean a minimum of two bite-size pieces of useful business practice that are immediately valuable to the SME owner-manager and which can be implemented in their business in the short-term.

Timeframe – SEMLEP is proposing a series of workshops to be held between September 2017 and September 2018. The dates and times of each workshop to be agreed by SEMLEP and the sub-contractor once the sub-contract has been awarded but we expect to run between 3 to 4 workshops per month and we don’t usually run workshops on August.

Number of workshops – Between 35 and 42 workshops in total on different topics, these workshops will need to be spread across the 13 local authority areas.

Audience – The desired target audience is owners and managers of high-growth SMEs based in the South East Midlands who are seeking advice on immediate issues relating to growing their business.

Duration – Each workshop will typically last for 3 hours. They can be held at any time of day, i.e. morning, middle of the day, afternoon or evening.

Number of delegates – SEMLEP expects up to 25 delegates to attend each workshop.

Venue – Venue arrangements for all Velocity workshops are the responsibility of the successful tender party. Venues will need to be able to accommodate 25 delegates in either a u-shape or cabaret style. The will include booking venue hire, AV equipment (screen and projector, flipchart, flipchart paper and whiteboard pens) and refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits) for the workshops. The winning contractor needs to make sure that all the venues are wheelchair accessible and have accessible parking spaces. Ideally choose venues that have free car parking spaces and can be accessed by public transport.

As additional information in your application you will need to list your proposed venues and how they meet SEMLEP’s requirements. As a guideline of our venue requirements, we have attached a venue site visit checklist form, we are not expecting to receive this form filled out with your application but for you to use it as guidance when checking your proposed venues. 

Marketing - Velocity Growth Hub will lead the marketing and advertising for the events programme, including event registration, primarily through online strategy. We will require the successful party to work with directly with the marketing team to develop the marketing collateral. This may include, but not limited to, wording for online leaflets, teaser campaigns, and promotional video about the content to be covered, as well as collecting photographs of the workshops on the day). The cost of this activity will be covered by Velocity Growth Hub. Presenters will not promote their own (or any other business) to delegates, as they will be operating under the Velocity Growth Hub brand.

Bookings – SEMLEP will be responsible for taking the bookings for the workshops.

Data rights – SEMLEP wishes to retain any ongoing rights to the presentations and workbooks developed, including data about delegates and their levels of satisfaction with the event. SEMLEP will provide a questionnaire for delegates to complete on the day to record their level of satisfaction with the workshop.

Workbooks – SEMLEP wishes the contractor to design and print A4 workbook for the delegates. These will contain the exercises that the delegates will complete at the workshop.

Quality control - SEMLEP reserves the right to withdraw one or more topics after the initial tender if it feels that there is not sufficient quality of content offered by tender submissions.

Event management – At each workshop the successful tender party will be expected to:

  • Manage the delegate sign-in process and return the wet-signed signing-in sheet(s) provided by SEMLEP in a timely fashion
  • Collect forms from the delegates
  • Promote and explain the overall Velocity Growth Hub programme within their presentation
  • Use only Velocity marketing material
  • Hand out and actively encourage the completion of Velocity customer satisfaction surveys and return these wet-signed forms to SEMLEP, in a timely fashion. You will be required to update a spreadsheet with this information.
  • Ensure that ERDF branding is appropriately displayed at the venue, in accordance with EU branding and publicity guidelines.

Selection Criteria

The Tender application form has a “2-stage” process, to evaluate initial criteria before considering the bid submission in accordance with stated “Award Criteria”.

Application form Part “A” has a pass/fail questionnaire and will need to result in a an adequate score to allow progression to Part ”B”;

  • Economic and Financial standing of the Applicant
  • Suitability
  • Equalities
  • Insurance; confirmation that appropriate levels of insurance cover exist and details of relevant claims experience

Experience and Professional Ability will be scored on a five point scale and will take into consideration experience of previous work that has been undertaken that is similar to that outlined in the tender specification.


Award Criteria

Part “B” the Contract Award Criteria, the section 4 provides information to applicants to clarify how their application will be evaluated and the weighting of each criteria. If an application is approved under Part A, it will be evaluated considering the Award Criteria.

This will assess, based on the content of the tenders, the ability of the tenderers to perform a contract according to the criteria set out below:

  • The provider will be required to demonstrate the ability to deliver the required service quality and to deliver within timescales. Please provide a timetable of key dates and work plan showing the number of days required for each of the key tasks as set out below on the timescales.
  • Please outline the resources and technical ability to carry out the service. Providing information on the workforce to be employed for performance of the service and level of experience and level of resources to be used along with two references.
  • The proposal needs to show the social value of the contract and how your business contributes to the society and community in which you operate.

Key dates

Inception Meeting – 25th July 2017

Scoping - 3 weeks

Start of Workshops - 11th September 2017

Contract end date - 30th September 2018


Indicative Budget

The total budget is £57,000 including VAT.  This includes the preparation of workshop content, presentation and provision of workbooks (design and printing) and the cost of room hire, AV hire and refreshments for the workshops. The fee element shall include the cost of all labour, equipment, delivery, material and travel.  Please provide the price per workshop rather than a breakdown of venue hire and facilitator costs.

All prices submitted shall be in Pounds Sterling, including any extra costs and VAT.


Tender Process 

Issue the Tender

02nd June 2017

Tender deadline for return – 05:00 pm

07th July 2017

Compliance Check / Short listing of bidders

10th July 2017

Interview/Presentation (If required for clarification)

13th July 2017

Appointment of successful bidder

14th July 2017

Award of contract

25th July 2017

Inception Meeting – 2 pm

25th July 2017

 

Please read carefully the instructions and answer all questions on the application form. If you have any queries regarding completion of the response please email procurement@semlep.com We reserve the right to distribute the response provided to your question to other interested applicants if required under FOI legislation.

Please send your completed forms and any supporting information electronically to procurement@semlep.com with the name of the tender in the subject header. Please note we do not want hard copies to be sent in the post.

If you have any queries please contact us on 01234 436100.

The Quotation response must include:

  • SEMLEP’s Open Tender Application Form fully completed
  • Please include the answers to section 4 part B as supporting information attached to your submission
  • Details of the workshop topics you propose to deliver
  • CV’s of the proposed workshop facilitators
  • (Optional – A YouTube or video link to see the presenter in action in the topic field)
  • Information about the venues that you propose to use and how they meet SEMLEP’s requirements.
  • Any other relevant supporting material.

Please note:

All tender submissions may be subject a credit check.

All the questions received will be answered and published at SEMLEP website under the recruitment and procurement page.

We only accept submissions in Word or PDF of less than 10mb


Downloads

Full Tender specification and application form in word

SEMLEP’s Terms and Conditions.

Velocity Growth Hub Venue Checklist

 

Clarification questions: Velocity Growth Hub workshops

Query received

Does the budget include venue costs? 

Answer: Yes, The total budget is £57,000 including VAT. This includes the preparation of workshop content, presentation, provision of workbooks (design and printing) and the cost of room hire, av hire and refreshments for the workshops.

SEMLEP policies and forms