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Consultancy opportunity

“The corridor connecting Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Oxford could be the U.K.s Silicon Valley – a world renowned centre for science, technology and innovation. But its future success is not guaranteed... The corridor faces a chronic undersupply of homes made worse by poor east-west transport connectivity. Two of the least affordable cities in the UK lie within the corridor and the area, as a whole, has consistently failed to build the number of homes it needs. That shortage puts sustained growth at risk. It is already increasing costs for businesses and diminishing their ability to attract employees at all levels”

National Infrastructure Commission, 2017

The Oxford-MK-Cambridge Corridor is seen as one of the greatest untapped economic corridors in the UK and has been identified by Government as a key strategic priority for growth, development and investment. 

Analysis prepared for the NIC suggested that trend-based growth, reflecting established patterns of spatial development, could see the number of jobs across the Corridor increase by 335,000 to 2050, increasing economic output by some £85bn.   It also suggests that more transformational growth is possible.  In a scenario where the Corridor’s housing needs are better met and in which east-west links succeed in bringing distinct sub regional economies closer together – the area could support a further 700,000 jobs by 2050, increasing GVA by £163bn.

The Government has invited the three Local Enterprise Partnerships of OxLEP, SEMLEP and BTVLEP which over the corridor, together with the Mayoral Combined Authority for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, to work together to develop a shared economic vision.

The Corridor Partners are looking to appoint suitably qualified consultants who can work with a steering group to develop an economic vision for the corridor, which builds upon the recently completed LDA study which sets out the corridors assets as a first phase of the commission and thereafter work prepare a cross Corridor Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) delivery plan which aggregates the potential of “place” and maximises the corridors potential to drive economic growth for UK Plc. This second phase would be completed over the course of the 2018 with a view to aligning this with LIS at a place level by December 2018.

Our aim is to create a shared long term economic vision and Strategic Investment Plan for the Oxford - Milton Keynes - Cambridge Growth Corridor to 2050, to guide policy and investment decisions by partners in response to the Industrial Strategy White Paper, building on the emerging Local Industrial Strategies, existing Strategic Economic Plans & growth, infrastructure and skills strategies, which focus upon the potential of place and supported by robust evidence and economic intelligence. 

Critical Milestones

  • Friday 18th May - publication of consultancy brief
  • Friday 8th June, 4pm - deadline for submission of tenders to OxLEP Ltd
  • 14th June - interviews & appointment of consultants
  • w/c 18th June - Inception Meeting 
  • w/c 16th July 2018 - Stage 1 Complete
  • w/c 10th Sept 2018 – Stage 2 Complete

Final Report:

  • 10th December 2018 – Stage 3 Draft Final Report
  • w/c 21st Jan 2019 - Final Report for Partner sign off

Please send all tender submissions to: info@oxfordshirelep.comby 4pm on Friday 8th June – please note, late submissions will not be considered.

Please state ‘Oxford-Cambridge Growth Corridor Economic Vision Consultancy Proposal’ in your email correspondence.

A full consultancy brief can be downloaded below.

Consultancy brief

Shortlisted suppliers will be notified by Tuesday 12th June, and be invited to a panel interview on Thursday 14th June – shortlisted suppliers will be notified of the venue and precise timings.

All tenders should clearly state the key point of contact for the supplier and their contact details.

RFQ Ref 2116: South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership European Regional Development Fund Technical Assistance Project Evaluation

Issue of Specification: 21 May 2018

SEMLEP is responsible for securing and overseeing the spend of two main sources of European Social Inclusion Funding [ESIF] through our Technical Assistance Projects. The SEMLEP Technical Assistance project has provided a targeted programme of advice, workshops, and events designed to encourage and assist SMEs in the South East and South Midlands in applying for the European Rural Development Fund [ERDF] monies to grow business and employ people to strengthen the SEMLEP area.

The ERDF project goal is to help increase the capability and capacity of SMEs. In the logic model developed, we quantified achieving this overarching goal through quantifiable deliverables.

• Number of informational events held
• Number of attendees
• Feedback on event value
• Number of projects supported to application
• Number of supported projects approved

As part of our contractual obligation to the ERDF project, we wish to appoint an outside sub-contractor to evaluate the effectiveness of SEMLEP’s TA project through the ERDF summative assessment process.

The summative assessment is intended to provide reliable evidence of the efficiency, effectiveness and value for money of our project, as well as insights into what and why interventions work (or not). This analysis can assist during the implementation of the project and provide lessons for future interventions. It can also be used to support a case for future funding.

ERDF have published updated guidance on the project evaluation summative assessments using a common framework and methodology. ESIF GN-1-033 – ERDF Summative Assessment guidance v1 outlines three stages.

1. Assessment planning was completed in early 2018.
2. Data collection and reporting is ongoing as part of our quarterly claims process
3. Reporting and communication of the completed summative assessment will be conducted later this year.

A full brief can be downloaded below. 

Technical Assistance Project Evaluation brief

Closing date: 15 June 2018

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