Current Tenders

PLEASE NOTE: Whilst the Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub supports tender opportunities on behalf of its clients, all correspondence regarding any procurement opportunities listed below should be directed towards the contracting business named on the individual document.


Tender Name: Development of Effective Marketing Messaging and Communications

Company Name: Cobalt Systems Limited

Reference: GH5974

Description of Service Required: We are specialists in ‘Print & Apply’ technology, selling automated barcode labelling systems for production and packaging lines. We have been established for 20 years becoming part of the Harland Systems Group in 2011. In 2016 we were sold out of the larger group, and we returned to owner/managed status. We have a strong established installed base with many of the country’s leading manufacturers. Our main service areas are:

  1. Systems (hardware to apply labels to packs, cases and pallets)
  2. Core (labels, ribbons, consumables & spares)
  3. Service (repairs, onsite, installation, commissioning)

Our management team have been involved in several initiatives to define our market offering, company direction and value propositions. Since leaving the Group we have created a new website and started on a Marketing Plan. However, this is currently making very slow progress, as we do not have all the skills necessary to produce the marketing collateral in the plan. We are looking for strong growth but we have recognized that to achieve this we will need to start to see a difference in 2017 and funds have been allocated for increased and improved marketing activity.

Closing Date: 07/07/17 5pm

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund


Tender Name: Strategic Marketing Consultancy

Company Name: STM Power Transmissions Ltd

Reference: GH5963

Description of Service Required:We are a leading provider of Industrial Gearboxes, Geared Motors and Electric Motors, offering world-class brands including GSM and STM. Based in Winsford, but operating nationwide, we are a family business that has been trading for over 25 years. Although we have enjoyed sustained growth and success since our inception, the advent of Brexit has fundamentally changed the business dynamics of the UK market in which we operate. Whilst Brexit will present challenges to the UK economy some UK based companies, including a number of our clients, now see increased export opportunities, due both to the favourable pound exchange rate, and the opening of trade to other countries outside the EU. This is of particular interest to British OEM’s, who form the majority of our clientele. In confirmation of this, our existing OEM clients are reporting increased enquiries from overseas and they are now gearing up to expand into those markets.

Consequently, we are looking to further increase our business by implementing a revised marketing strategy designed to be the premium supplier within this new export growth opportunity. This new strategy will be designed to open the doors to new avenues of business, in particular, this growing OEM market. In addition, we recognise that for each Gearbox in use, there are a number of associated Motors and Ancillary Products required. In the light of the new opportunities for expansion into the gearbox market, we are also looking to implement a diversification strategy for supplying and supporting the accompanying Motors and Ancillary Products.

Closing Date: 29/06/17 5pm

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund


Tender Name: Business Management System

Company Name: Hudson Hill Ltd

Reference: GH5969

Description of Service Required: Hudson Hill is an IT consultancy, offering a range of IT services and support to organisations across the UK. The team has 25 years of experience of solving IT and communications issues for small, medium and corporate level businesses. We have adopted a recognized system for case management, based on previous external recommendation. The system is not flexible enough for the needs of the business and both resource and client management capability is currently limited. To add to this, the system is expensive and not all members of staff have licences. ITIL, the industry standard model for client management, is difficult for us to achieve as  a result of the above. The system issues identified mean that there is limited opportunity to properly manage the team; management is reactive rather than pro-active so issues such as capacity management, an inability to effectively track both internal and client assets are a constant bugbear and are driving the cost base of the business.

To achieve our growth plans, we need to ensure that we can deliver outstanding customer service cost-effectively. This requires better systems and processes that will support the company’s growth and enable us to scale service delivery, increase perceived quality of service, provide better insight into customer behaviour and technical challenges, support knowledge sharing and effective capture of expertise.

Closing Date: 29/06/17 5pm

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund


Tender Name: Website Development with E-commerce Platform

Company Name: Safer Surfacing Ltd

Reference: GH5976

Description of Service Required: Safer Surfacing Ltd create a range of products for varying surface applications including children’s play areas, landscaping projects, equestrian arenas and menages, chicken coop surfacing, bowling green ditches and many more. We sell these products directly to the general public and to public sector businesses.

We are evolving our brand and marketing strategy to help the business to grow and be more profitable. We are carrying out a root and branches review of our digital strategy in particular and will be focussing on our website, brand and paid social media advertising.

The focus of this tender is the development of a bespoke e-commerce enabled responsive website with a content management system for updating, analysis and landing page creation.

Closing Date: 28/06/17 5pm

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund



Tender Name: Provision of Specialist Business Advice (Lot 1) and Workshop Presenters (Lot 2) – ROLLING

Reference: SP13

Description of Service Required: 

The service comprises a range of business advisory and grant awarding services to growth SMEs.  To meet the needs of this service, we wish to:

Appoint a number of Specialist Business Advisors to support local SMEs in a range of disciplines across Cheshire and Warrington.

  • Appoint a number of Specialist Presenters to deliver workshops across a range of topics to support local SMEs across Cheshire and Warrington.

Full details are found by downloading the tender specification.

Closing Date: 31 December 2017 5pm

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund