Invitation to Tender – Software Development, Hosting and Maintenance – Coaching for Growth Company Assessment Tool

Deadline: Wednesday 4th October – 12:00 noon


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.

OIS has been awarded contracts to deliver a range of business support programmes in the UK. This procurement for a company assessment tool will be funded by the Coaching for Growth (C4G) Project in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

The Coaching for Growth (C4G) project 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 businesses across England.

As part of the C4G project (known as Transform), OIS’s team of highly experienced business coaches works with 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. The initial contract period for the C4G project is until October 2018, with a possibility of extension thereafter.

An ability to innovate underpins OIS’s blend of coaching and mentoring, giving Transform 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 Transform 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.

Within Transform, we assist entrepreneurs in reviewing the strategic direction and key areas of their business to achieve high growth. To achieve this, we help business owners consider approaches, sometimes outside of their comfort zone – revealing fresh perspectives and giving them a renewed clarity on how to transform their business.

In order to identify development opportunities within the client base, we are seeking to develop a web based assessment tool to identify client business strengths and weaknesses and areas requiring support.


Key objectives of the brief

To obtain competitive tenders from suitably qualified providers for the following services:

  • Development, installation, hosting and operational support of a company assessment software and underlying operating system.

Further information can be found in the Invitation to Tender and Software Specification documents (see links below)



Development – up to a maximum of £50,000 (ex. VAT)

  • Maximum £40,000 – Development and implementation of the application as per the Software Specification (and any agreed recommendations)
  • Additional £10,000 to allow for any additional development support and minor change requests after initial acceptance testing/go-live

Hosting and Operational Support of the software and underlying platform – Annual Budget up to a maximum of £20,000 (ex. VAT)

  • Hosting of the application
  • Operational support of the application and underlying platform


How to respond to this brief

Please download the invitation to tender and software specification using the links below for further information and instructions.

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

Oxford Innovation contact details


Amanda Greenall, Procurement Specialist

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

Telephone: 01872 300116

Timing and selection process

 The schedule below outlines key timings.


Action Date
Brief published Wednesday 13th September 2017
Deadline for clarifications Monday 2nd October 2017 – 10.00
Deadline for response to brief Wednesday 4th October – 12:00 noon.
Notification of shortlisted suppliers Friday 13th October 2017
Presentations of shortlisted suppliers Thursday 19th October 2017
Notification of successful tender W/C 23rd October 2017


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