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The Growth Company is seeking Expressions of Interest from delivery partners who can support Manufacturing SMEs in increasing the adoption of Industrial Digitalisation Technology (IDT).

The Growth Company (GC) is a not-for-profit provider of business support, education, skills and employment services. Our purpose is to enable growth, create jobs, and improve lives. GC sources and manages large, diverse supply chains to help deliver its priorities and has a long track record of effectively managing funds on behalf of local and national commissioners.

As part of the recently published Industrial Strategy, the Made Smarter National Adoption Programme NW Pilot (NAP) is supported by a £20M Government investment, to increase regional GVA by up to £115M. Over 30 months, the pilot will test out the most effective ways to engage manufacturers in the northwest and encourage them to adopt industrial digital technology so that they can improve their competitiveness, increase exports, and raise regional productivity.

Working through the five northwest Growth Hubs of Greater Manchester; Liverpool City Region; Cumbria; Lancashire; Cheshire and Warrington, the pilot will engage with 3,000 North West Manufacturers and provide intensive support to 600 that gives them access to expert advice and funding to invest in technology. This new service will work with existing productivity and digital skills programmes in the North West including ‘Be The Business’ and the ‘Digital Skills Partnership’.

In order to achieve this objective, the Made Smarter Programme will be able to fund IDT adoption related projects on a 50/50 basis in conjunction with programme advisers and delivery partners. In particular the programme is looking for support in the following areas:

• Robotics and Process Control Automation

• Industrial Internet of Things (sensors)

• Additive Manufacturing (3D printing)

• Augmented & Virtual Reality / Simulation

• Data & Systems Integration

• Big Data & Analytics

• Industrial Cyber Security

• Cognitive Computing & Artificial Intelligence

• Mobile Devices & Wearable Technology

• Skills – delivery of programmes supporting the above

The deadline for EOI submissions is the 31st March 2019.

How to express interest 
To apply for the EOI, please download the documentation which contains instructions and information for your submission, including specification of requirements, and the key assessment and evaluation criteria that will be used to assess offers. You are required to make your EOI submission via the GC In-tend e-tendering platform.

To use the Growth Company In-Tend site, you are required to complete a basic registration as a supplier on the In-tend Supplier Platform.

Please note that all mandatory fields (highlighted in yellow on the In-Tend Portal) must be completed in order to register your organisation. Once registered, you must log into the system, express your interest in the opportunity on In-Tend and automatically download the EOI documentation. Your EOI submission will be made on the In-tend Portal.

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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 portal, please contact the In-Tend support team at support@In-tend.com or telephone on 0845 557 8079 / 0114 407 0065.

Please note There will be no contract between the Growth Company and delivery partners on the directory. Any formal agreements will between the SMEs in the programme and the delivery partners.

Membership of the list does not imply or confer any preferred supplier status or recommendation by the programme. The SMEs will select delivery partners at their sole discretion.

We look forward to hearing from you.