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Title: LGF 2018 Bidding round - Appraisal and Due Diligence

Description: Tender for a contract for Stage 1 Project Appraisal and Stage 2 Due Diligence appraisal support for Local Growth Fund projects related to a 2018 bidding round

Procurement Process No.: PR2004

Issue of Specification: 22 June 2018

Closing date: 30 July 2018 

About us

The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) was set up in May 2011 as one of 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in England. As private public partnerships leading economic growth, LEPs play a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertaking activities that drive innovation, growth and the creation of local jobs. Our Strategic Economic Plan was refreshed in 2017. More information can be found on our website

We have a large number of 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 which is called Velocity

SEMLEP is formed as a company limited by guarantee and is overseen by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government with Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.


We are bound by our Assurance Framework which sets out how SEMLEP is governed and manages public funds. It ensures that we comply with the best practice of the public sector, in how SEMLEP makes decisions and manages its finances. The Assurance Framework sets the requirements for our Local Growth Fund project management, appraisal, and prioritisation and approval process in 2 stages with independent advice.

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Title: PR2003 - Velocity ERDF Project - Summative Assessment 

Description: Tender for a contract to evaluate the effectiveness of SEMLEP's Growth Hub ERDF project through ERDF summative assessment. 

Procurement Process No.: PR2003

Issue of Specification: 26 June 2018

Closing date: 1 August 2018 


Velocity Growth Hub is part-funded by teh European Regional Development Fund




SEMLEP wishes to appoint a sub-contractor to evaluate the effectiveness of SEMLEP’s Growth Hub ERDF Project through ERDF summative assessment.

As part of the contractual requirements of ERDF funding, SEMLEP is required to conduct an evaluation of the project, known as a “Summative Assessment”.

The Velocity Growth Hub project has provided a targeted programme of advice, workshops, masterclass, events and financial support designed to encourage and assist SMEs in the South East Midlands. The project aims to enhance the capability and capacity of SMEs.

The assessment is intended and required to provide insights into programme performance, in order to:

  • Enhance implementation.
  • Provide reliable evidence of project efficiency, effectiveness and value for money.
  • Provide insights into what and why interventions work (or not) and lessons for the future.


ERDF have published updated guidance on the project evaluation summative assessments which all assessments must comply with ESIF GN-1-011 – ERDF Summative Assessment Logic Model (available in full specification below)

The basis of the assessment is taken from a simple logic model that Velocity Growth Hub completed in 2015. The sub-contractor will be required to refresh this Logic Model, to be in line with the MHCLG template (Appendix 1 ESIF-Form -1-011 – ERDF Summative Assessment Logic Model v2 of the full specification). The sub-contractor will be required to produce this document at high level.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • To contribute to net increase in 41,500 new jobs by 2020.
  • To contribute to 9,700 new business by 2020.
  • To increase number of SMEs being referred to the specialist high growth support provided by the National Business Growth Service.
  • To simplify access to the right business support for SMEs.

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