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Business Support Solutions (BSS) wishes to appoint a Panel of Business Consultants to augment the existing International Trade Advisory services delivered by BSS across the North West Region. BSS delivers the Department for International Trade (DIT) services which is also supported by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Across all the various lots, the framework will deliver in the first year 125 Business Assists to companies requiring support in one or more of the area listed.  Each business assist will consist of a maximum of 12 hours of intensive support on specific international trade areas (2 consultancy days of 6 hours per day).

The Framework is being operated similar to a Dynamic Procurement System in that bidders of the services will complete an Indicative Tender (bid) which will be evaluated and the Framework will remain open to new applicants throughout the life of the contract.

The contract period will be for 12 months, with an option, to extend for a further period of 3 years (subject to funding). The initial period will end on the 30th September 2018.

The likely value of activity under this framework for the first year is £160,000 excluding VAT.

You are required to make your ITT submission via the Growth Company (GC) In-tend e-tendering platform.  To download the documentation, you are required to complete a basic registration as a supplier on the In-tend Supplier Platform at the following web address:


Please note that all mandatory fields (highlighted in yellow on the In-Tend Portal) and all email correspondence addresses must be completed in order to register your organisation. Once registered, you must log into the system, express your interest in the opportunity, and then you will be able to automatically download the ITT documentation.

If you have any questions about this process, please use the In-tend platform to correspond with GC. If you require further assistance in respect of the In Tend system please contact the In-tend support team at support@in-tend.com or telephone on 0845 557 8079 / 0114 407 0065.
We look forward to receiving your ITT response.