Blue Orchid Successfully Deliver Cheshire West Investor Fund Grant Programme

Blue Orchid have recently completed the successful delivery of the Cheshire West & Chester Investor Fund Project. This £400k capital investment fund was part of a wider Cheshire West & Chester Council Covid 19 response programme that supported 13 SMEs to make significant investments in their business and has already led to those SMES creating 97 new jobs, securing 19 new contracts and a further £2.2m of investment.

Learn more about the programme, Blue Orchids role as a trusted partner in its delivery and the success of our amazing clients here.

 

Extended Deadline: Provision of Project Audit/Evaluation Services – Cheshire & Warrington Covid 19 Restructure Grant Programme

PLEASE NOTE: the deadline for this tender opportunity hs been extended to the 17 June 2022

Background

In July 2020 the Cheshire & Warrington LEP commissioned Blue Orchid Enterprise Solutions Ltd to develop and deliver an SME grant scheme to support SMEs across the Cheshire & Warrington LEP area to purchase and install small capital items to allow their business to adapt to then emerging and rapidly changing COVID 19 guidance and regulations.

Basing our response on a review of the Government advice within the ‘Keeping workers and customers safe during COVID-19’ series of guidance documents and feedback from our business advisers, Blue Orchid submitted a project proposal. Under this proposal Blue Orchid agreed to deliver a complete end-to-end grant management project comprising;
• Programme, process and systems development
• Launch and marketing
• Client engagement & recruitment
• Application processing and client support
• Application appraisal & due diligence
• Grant claim processing and payment
• Monitoring & reporting

The proposed programme recommended a small grant programme providing grants of up to 80% of purchase costs (maximum value of £5,000) to the Cheshire & Warrington SMEs to support the purchase of items that would commonly fall under the falling types;

  • Support home & remote working
  • Physical Equipment & Building Modifications
  • Mobile ordering and payment systems
  • Handheld Order/Point-of-Sales & Kitchen Display equipment

Following a successful initial phase the LEP decided in October 2020 to increase the Covid Restructure Grant Fund by a further £1m and asked Blue Orchid to submit a proposal to deliver this significantly larger project which resulted in the creation of a £1.4m grant fund in total.

Requirements of the Brief 

As part of the contract conditions Blue Orchid is required to appoint an independent consultant to conduct an evaluation/audit of the programme who will examine the claims submitted for the project duration and carry out a review comprising;

  • Selection of a random sample of eligible expenditure incurred by value as reported on the claims and traced them to invoices or other supporting documentation and evidence of payment to check that they have been properly incurred and defrayed in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Grant
  • Verification of the outputs claimed by the project and checked that there is adequate supporting information available to support these claims;
  • Confirmation of the arithmetical accuracy of the schedules relating to the claims and agreed them to the appropriate supporting documentation and review of whether the grant claimed by the Organisation has been calculated in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Grant Offer Letter;
  • Confirmation that any State Aid implications have been considered and compliance with Public Procurement Legislation has occurred

Click here to download the full specification, tender response form & associated documents

Deadline for Responses has been extended to : 17 June 2022 before 5:00PM

Budget:  £15,000 

Blue Orchid Secures contract to deliver start-up support services across Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP area

Blue Orchid is pleased to announce it has been awarded the recently tendered Enterprise Development and Growth contract to deliver Business start-up support and mentoring services within the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Area.

Provided under the GBSLEP wide business support programme Enterprise for Success Blue Orchid has successfully delivered business start-up support services across the area since 2016 in partnership with Birmingham City Library, Prince’s Trust and Birmingham City University. This new contract means that Blue Orchid will be the principle provider of start-up and early stage business support services for a population of 835,000 across Solihull, Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Tamworth, Bromsgrove, Redditch, Wyre Forest from April 2022.

Reacting to the contract awards Frazer Kearney, Blue Orchid Director stated, ‘We are exceptionally proud of the business start-up services we have provided to entrepreneurs within the Enterprise for Success Programme for many years and delighted to be able to both continue offering our programme of high quality masterclasses, seminars and one-to-one mentoring and our plans to introduce new innovations into our E4S delivery including launching our Not Just Networking Club in the area and increased use of multimedia platforms such as LinkedIn live and Facebook streamed session.’

For further information on the services, eligibility criteria and how to engage with the Enterprise For Success programme visit www.enterpriseforsuccess.co.uk

Tender Opportunity – Video Case study production – Extended Deadline

The Cheshire & Warrington Access to Finance & SME Grant Service delivered by Blue Orchid, Cheshire West & Cheshire Council & Warrington & Co is an ERDF project which provides a range of services to SME across Cheshire & Warrington including a financial grant towards the implementation of a consultancy project which will facilitate growth and employment within the SME.

To date 30 SMES have been awarded grant funding and either completed or are currently implementing consultancy-based projects which will lead to significant increases in their future growth and turnover.

Part of our goals for the project is to highlight and promote Blue Orchid & our partners delivery of SME Grant Management Services and the impact of the European Regional Development Funding which supported the project. Video content is a key enabler to highlight the impact of public funding to support SMEs and to help market our organisation and its programme management delivery.

We require a suitably experienced marketing agency/videographer to produce a number of high-quality video case studies featuring interviews with the grant recipient, the consultant appointed to deliver the project and the Blue Orchid Grant Manager/Director and including on-site filming if the clients business.

PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 5th MAY 2022

Full details of the tender specification and response from can be downloaded here

Blue Orchid seeking Finance & Business Planning Consultants to deliver Access to Finance support to SMEs

The Cheshire & Warrington Access to Finance & SME Grant Service (run by Blue Orchid Enterprise Solutions Ltd) delivered by Blue Orchid, Cheshire West & Cheshire Council & Warrington & Co is an ERDF project which provides a range of services to SME across Cheshire & Warrington including.

1. 33% financial grant towards the implementation of a consultancy project which will facilitate growth and employment within the SME.
2. A programme of Access to Finance seminars and workshops
3. 1-2-1 consultancy to small businesses seeking advice and guidance to support an application for financial investment (approx. 2 days) .i.e. Business loan application, British Business Bank/Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund Debt Micro-finance, etc.

Blue Orchid is seeking consultants with expertise in finance & businesses planning to provide the 1-2-1 investment application support to Cheshire SMEs under strand 3 of the programme.

Download the the full specification and details on how to apply here.

Blue Orchid – Tender Opportunities – Update

Please note that due to internal capacity issues the evaluation of the following tenders has been delayed;

  • Procurement Opportunity – Provision of Stationery & Office Supplies
  • Procurement Opportunity – IT Support and MS Licences
  • Procurement Opportunity – Venue Hire Across Cheshire & Warrington

If you have submitted a tender document you will be informed of the result by email when evaluation has been completed.

 

New Job Opportunities

We are currently looking at taking on a number of roles to work on our Cheshire and Warrington area delivery.  Please find details of the posts we are recruiting for below.  Please note, these roles are part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

 

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Job Role: Business Growth Advisor

Summary of the role: The Business Growth Advisor will be responsible for the delivery of the Cheshire and Warrington Access to Finance and Grant programme

Job and person specification click here

Salary: Circa £40kpa

Job Ref: BOES20-03

How to apply: Please send a copy of your most recent CV and a covering letter to; p.ward@blueorchid.co.uk

Deadline for applications: 31st July 2020 5pm

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Job Role: Administrator

Summary of the role: To provide administrative support ensuring accuracy and attention to compliance and quality of data inputting adopting a holistic approach from enquiry to completion of contract.

Job and person specification click here

Salary: Circa £21k

Job Ref: BOES20-04

How to apply: Please send a copy of your most recent CV and a covering letter to; p.ward@blueorchid.co.uk

Deadline for applications: 31st July 2020 5pm

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Procurement Opportunity – IT Support and MS Licences

As advertised on the UK Government Contract Finder Portal (https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk) Blue Orchid is seeking a supplier of IT Support and MS Licences to ensure that we can continue to meet the needs of our customers and have a robust IT system.

In order to achieve this, we require an organisation to provide IT support as follows:

• Provision of standard 9-5 support for in house and remote users
• Number of users expected is to be 25
• Pro-active monitoring of systems and full preventative support and maintenance
• Provision of emergency out of hours support – dedicated number/team
• Full Back Up and Mirroring of Servers / PCs / Laptops
• Microsoft Certification
• Anti-Virus provisioning, with full preventative support and maintenance
• Full account management reporting each quarter
• Support to maintain GDPR compliance
• RMM Software
• Hardware and Software upgrades
• Pro-active Internet monitoring and Support
• 24-month Term Contract, with annual performance review with 24-month renewal options, or until the ERDF project ends

Additionally we require the provider to manage the monthly subscription of our MS Office Premium Licences and MS CRM Dynamic Customer Service Enterprise licences and provide a monthly licence cost for each.
The successful tenderer(s) will be required to provide management information to meet the needs of Blue Orchid including evidence that they are be Cyber Essentials Certified or ISO/IEC 27001 certified. If required, you will be asked to submit a security plan that explains how you will ensure that Blue Orchid or personnel data will be protected.

Note: Blue Orchid currently has a provider of ICT Support Services including the winning provider will be required to liaise with the provider and ensure a seamless transition.

Details of the tender specification & tender response documentation can be accessed here

Clarification queries & responses can be accessed here

Blue Orchids standard supplier terms & conditions can be accessed here 

Closing date: 28 July 2020

These goods and services will in part be used to support the delivery of a project funded through the European Regional Development Fund

Procurement Opportunity – Provision of Stationery & Office Supplies

As advertised on the UK Government Contract Finder Portal (https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk) Blue Orchid is seeking a supplier of Stationery & Office Supplies.

The requirements are as follows:
• To provide a wide range of office stationery and supplies for an SME which includes such items as: paper, binders, folders, flipcharts, note pads, post-it notes, pens, pencils, staples, staplers, paperclips, laminates, office stamps, business stationery, printed items, ink cartridges etc.
• To be able to deliver on site at short notice through purchase orders to offices in Liverpool city centre.

Details of the tender specification & tender response documentation can be accessed here

Clarification queries & responses can be accessed here

Blue Orchids standard supplier terms & conditions can be accessed here 

Closing date: 27 July 2020

These goods and services will in part be used to support the delivery of a project funded through the European Regional Development Fund

 

We are Recruiting!

 

We are currently looking for an experienced business advisor to work across Merseyside on a full time basis.  The successful applicant will be working with clients from across this area helping them formulate business plans and cash flow forecasts as well as advising generally on all matters relating to the business start up process.  You will also be required to account manage clients for an initial period of 12 months to ensure any issues, concerns or barriers that may come up in this period are addressed and assisted to ensure the clients can achieve sustainability.

All interested candidates should in the first instance send a copy of their most up to date CV and a covering letter detailing why they feel they would be suitable for this role.  Selected candidates will be asked to take part in an interview.

Please send your details to p.ward@blueorchid.co.uk

Job Reference: BOES20-02

Deadline for responses: 24th July at 5pm