North Lanarkshire Council and South Lanarkshire Council, have secured an extension to funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the provision of business support available to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Lanarkshire. The funding will be utilised to provide a programme of Business Support and Expert Help Services which augment services provided through the Councils core Business Gateway contract.
To enable sufficient service provision, the Councils wish to initiate a Framework Agreement consisting of 11 Lots as detailed below:
-Lot 1 – Business Financial Management
-Lot 2 – Business Strategy and Business Resilience
-Lot 3 – Human Resources, Leadership and Skills
-Lot 4 – Procurement
-Lot 5 – Marketing and Digital Marketing
-Lot 6 – Digital Development
-Lot 7 – Internationalisation
-Lot 8 – Business Innovation
-Lot 9 – Legal Support
-Lot 10 – Research, Development and Design
-Lot 11 – Low Carbon Support
The main purpose of the framework agreement is to support Lanarkshire businesses to grow; thus providing employment opportunities, growth in key sectors and inclusive growth. This will be achieved by providing support to businesses on specific topics which will help their understanding, skills and capabilities; highlight potential areas for improvement; signposting service users to further support that helps and agree an action plan with some identified next steps to implement to help the business meet their objectives.
Full details of the tender can be found here.