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INVITATION TO BE INCLUDED ON THE EXTERNAL EXPERT LIST FOR THE PROVISION OF BUSINESS SUPPORT AND ADVICE

INVITATION TO BE INCLUDED ON THE EXTERNAL EXPERT LIST FOR THE PROVISION OF BUSINESS SUPPORT AND ADVICE

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Category: External Expertise

 

1)The aim of Wakefield Business Support Programme (WBSP) is to deliver a package of business advice and support to SMEs and potential entrepreneurs (the target group) that will lead to improving business performance, new business start-ups, and new employment, particularly in the most deprived communities in Wakefield district.

 

2) This programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2007-13. Delivery partners are Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, RCP21, South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council and South Elmsall Town Council.

 

 3) Overall Requirements

 3.1) On behalf of the WBSP, RCP21 are seeking to compile a list of external expertise to enable thedelivery of various bespoke business support services for delivery in the Wakefield district. Support serviceswouldinclude undertaking business diagnostics, developing business improvement strategies, advising onaccessto finance, mentoring and programme management

3.2) The External Expert will support both partners and clients within the programme. They will be assignedtoan applicant from the target group and will have clear terms of reference which will include durationofassignment, costs and expected outcomes.

4)  External Expert List

The Experts on the list will be invited to deliver various tasks or projects depending on the requirement of thepartner/client. Please note if you do choose to submit your details through the application process, there is no guarantee of work.

5) Is my inclusion on the list guaranteed?

 No, it is subject to references and appropriate track record 

6) How is an Expert chosen to deliver a task or project?

The partner/client who requires an expert will be sent names from the list for them to choose from. A minimum of three names will be sent subject to number of names on the list.RCP21 will endeavour to matchclient requirements with skills, experience, and track record of the Expert.

Fee to Experts will be paid retrospectively on production of evidence of the number of hours of interventionwith partners/ clients and associated invoices for services.

7)     Type of Expertise required

7.1 Marketing/ PR and Web site design/ development

7.2 Access to finance for Business start-up and Expansion

7.3 Preparation of Business Plans and Cash Flow Forecasts

7.4 Costing and Accountancy

7.5 Mentoring

8) Duration of the requirement for External Expertise

The requirement is from the 25 November 2013 to 30 June 2015 .External experts may be required at anytime within the life of the overall programme.

9) How to apply to be on the List.

Please click here to download the form or email Nicola Parker on nparker@rcp21.com for an application form

The closing date for registration is 5pm 20th November 2013

Should you require further information or clarification before you decide to apply, please contact Mohan de Silva on 01977 651624 or email mdesilva@rcp21.com

 

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