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The Growth Company

The Growth Company (GC) is an established North West not-for-profit provider of employment, skills and business support services.  Our purpose is to Enable Growth, Create Jobs and Improve Lives.  GC’s employment services have placed over 100,000 people into work to date, including people with complex needs and disabilities.  GC is an existing Prime contractor to DWP and an approved supplier on DWP’s Umbrella Framework for employment and health related services for the North West region.


Intensive Personalised Employment Support (IPES)

IPES is a new voluntary provision covering England and Wales for people with disabilities and complex barriers to work. It is aimed at individuals who would be considered by Jobcentre Plus work coaches to be more than 12 months from the labour market without intensive support.  IPES providers will deliver support tailored to an individual’s needs, focussed on overcoming barriers, building an effective support network, identifying and achieving employment aspirations, providing consistent contact and intensive support for up to 15 months and in work support for 6 months.  The key outcome for IPES is sustainable paid employment rewarded on a payment by results basis linked to earnings over time. The contract will run from December 2019 to November 2023.

The Opportunity

GC intends to bid for IPES in the North West region (covering Cumbria, Cheshire & Warrington, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Liverpool City Region). 

We are looking for partners that have proven experience of working with participants who have complex support needs because of a disability or health need and who can support GC either as an end-to-end supplier, a specialist partner, or on a strategic/advisory basis. 

Please note that the short deadline for this opportunity and subsequent commercial dialogue with DWP means our commercial and delivery model is likely to adapt over the bidding period and that any offer that may arise from this EOI will not be binding on either party until contracts are signed.  If you are shortlisted at this stage, we are likely to require further information from you at short notice initially in the period leading up to 5th April 2019.


Please complete the EOI here and return to busdev@growthco.uk by:

2pm on Thursday 28th March 2019.