Invitation to Tender – Project Evaluation Services – Summative Assessment for Coaching for Growth Programme

Deadline for Tender Submission: Friday 2nd February 2018 – 17.30


Introduction, background and business context

Oxford Innovation Services (OIS) is the UK’s leading specialist coaching company.  We work with businesses at all stages of development to maximise their growth potential, benefiting both the enterprise and its people through uniquely tailored coaching programmes.

The C4G (Coaching for Growth – C4G) programme is financed by the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), part of the European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) portfolio 2015 to 2020.  The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the fund, which was established by the European Commission to help improve the competitiveness of SMEs by increasing their capacity and capability and promoting entrepreneurship to strengthen the pipeline of high growth business across England.

The C4G programme, in partnership with our delivery partner Unlocking Potential (UP), part of The Cornwall College Group (TCCG), supports ERDF eligible SMEs that have been trading for more than 12 months. The contract period for the programme is November 2015 – October 2018.

As part of the programme, OIS’s team of highly experienced business coaches works with ERDF eligible businesses seeking to achieve high growth and thus drive forward economic success.  Each business has access to a network of coaches who can enable entrepreneurs to tap into the expertise that will facilitate rapid growth.

An ability to innovate underpins OIS’s blend of coaching and mentoring, giving clients access to a broad range of practical expertise and knowledge.  Our business coaches have all held senior executive positions so bring first-hand experience of the challenges facing growing businesses and can facilitate access to an extensive range of networks across any sector.  This approach and experience adds real value to the beneficiaries of the programme.

Building strong relationships with clients, we support and facilitate change, challenge thinking, push boundaries and bring a fresh perspective.  Our approach ensures we embed learning at an individual level, which brings sustainable and enduring results for the client organisation.  We consistently deliver strong results for all stakeholders – individuals, client businesses, sponsors, funders and partners.


Key Objectives

In line with recently published ERDF guidance on Summative Assessments Project Evaluations, OIS are seeking tender proposals from highly experienced and qualified suppliers for the provision project evaluation services to undertake a summative assessment for our Coaching for Growth programme.

The supplier will be expected to undertake a summative assessment and provide a full report together with a final summary in line with the requirements of our Invitation to Tender document below and ERDF guidance.

The Summative Assessment will help to understand the difference the programme has have made in the local economy, communities and beneficiary groups. In addition, they will improve the effectiveness of measures in relation to economic growth in the future and provide insights into programme performance and evaluate their impact, efficiency and effectiveness.

Further information can be found in the Invitation to Tender document (see links below)


The budget for the evaluations is up to a maximum of:

  • £50,000 plus VAT for Coaching for Growth (C4G) – including all costs and expenses.



The schedule below outlines key timings for the Invitation to Tender Process


Action Date
Brief published Thursday 4th Jan 2018
Deadline for clarifications Tuesday 30th January 2018
Deadline for Tender Submission Friday 2nd February 2018 17.30
Notification of presentations Tuesday 20th February 2018
Presentations of shortlisted suppliers Monday 26th – Tuesday 27th February 2018
Notification of successful tender Thursday 1st March 2018
Draft Report 29th June 2018
Final Report & Summary 27th July 2018


Further timings following contract award are noted in the Invitation to Tender document.


How to respond to this brief

Please download the Invitation to Tender document and Appendices 1 & 2 on the links provided below for the full detailed brief and supplier instructions.

  • Deadline for Tender Submission: Friday 2nd February 2018 – 17.30
  • Deadline for clarifications: No later than Tuesday 30th January 2018


Oxford Innovation contact details


Amanda Greenall, Procurement Specialist

Address: Unit 2A(b) Gateway Business Centre, Barncoose Gateway Park, Redruth TR15 3RQ

Telephone: 01872 300116


Suppliers must confirm their expression of interest by e-mailing the above contact to ensure you receive any further information and clarifications.

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