Job vacancy: Pledge Facilitator

Cheshire and Warrington LEP are recruiting 1.4 FTE Pledge Facilitators to develop the Pledge Partnership across Cheshire and Warrington.

Successful candidates will join a team, most of whom will be based within our Business Growth Hub Team in Winsford.  The new team members will cover the Northwich Pledge and Winsford Pledge as well as part of Cheshire East including Sandbach, Middlewich and Alsager.

Pledge Facilitator Job Description

Pledge Facilitator Job Advert July 19

Pledge Summary leaflet

Closing date: Deadlines for applications for the Pledge Facilitator posts is 10.00am on Monday 22nd July and these should be returned to trevor.langston@candwgrowthhub.co.uk . Please supply a current CV and a statement explaining how you meet the role requirements. Interviews for selected candidates are planned to be conducted on Tuesday 30th July.

£5million Local Growth Fund Skills Programme

Applications are now open to bid in to a £5million Local Growth Fund Skills Programme that will invest in specialist equipment to transform digital and STEM related skills across Cheshire and Warrington.

There are three categories of project that organisations can apply for funding for:

  • Investments of up to £20,000 
  • Investments of up to £250,000
  • Investments of between of between £500,000 and £1,000,000

Further information about the fund and applications can be found here


  • Invitation to bid for investments up to £20,000-  23 July 2019
  • Invitation to bid for investments of £250,000- 30 July 2019
  • Invitation to bid for  investments between £500,000 and £1,000,000- 13 August 2019

£4.1m Energy Fund Local Growth Fund

Cheshire and Warrington LEP is seeking applications for Local Growth Fund grant funding from their £4.1m Energy Fund.

The fund will be divided across three priority themes:

  • Industrial Clusters
  • Nuclear Sector Development
  • Low Carbon Futures

Further information about the fund and applications can be found here

Deadline: 12.00pm, 16th August 2019

Tender Opportunities

PLEASE NOTE: Whilst the Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub supports tender opportunities on behalf of its clients, all correspondence regarding any procurement opportunities listed

Business Name: Gordon Products Ltd

Reference Code: GH51114

Description of services required:

The business does not currently have an ERP system with existing manufacturing, internal and customer monitoring/reporting systems being outdated and therefore not very efficient, which can lead to customers not always receiving the best service that they would expect. Common issues that the new system will overcome would include order delays, inaccuracies in production, poor stock control, and communications issues both internally among our various business function and externally with customers and suppliers. These issues are likely to increase as the business expands and wins new contracts.

Therefore, we are looking to purchase an ERP solution to replace our existing accounting, and business management systems. We will be purchasing a combination of software, services including consultation and implementation, and support. The functionality of the system will include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Accounts and finance
  • CRM (customer relationship management)Centralised diaries
  • Opportunity and sales management
  • Stock control
  • Forecasting and production planning
  • Product configuration
  • Manufacturing
  • Workflow management
  • Logistics and warehousing
  • Project management and tracking
  • Quality management
  • Budgeting and monitoring

Introducing a new integrated ERP system will enable us to store and manage customer data centrally, link information and communication between departments, i.e. operations, finance and sales, increase accountability and improve how we manage our customer relationships. We expect the new system will be turnkey and in addition to improving our in-house reporting and processes, it will improve both internal and external communication in relation to customer management.

Closing Date: 5pm on Wednesday 24th July 2019

GH28 Client Specification – Gordon Products Ltd

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund


Business Name: Molmart Ltd

Reference Code: GH51113

Description of services required:

The issues with entering the Gulf region as a new business are as follows:

  1. having direct access to local doctors/clinics and finding out who the decision makes are in each institution.
  2. gathering information on the existing market for premarital genetic screening and who our competitors are.
  3. gauging our pricing vs. our competitors. Advising on what would be an appropriate pricing structure
  4. identifying key customers and meeting with them
  5. following the correct process of doing business in the region.

Therefore, we require external support to help us fill the knowledge gaps, conduct market research and help arrange the first crucial meetings with KOLs in the region.

We are looking to work with a Marketing Consultancy company that specialises in assisting businesses wishing to enter the Gulf Region. It is essential that the company has an excellent understanding of how the local market works in terms of medical practice, ethics and market economics. We would like the consultancy to help us achieve the following key stages:

  1. We are looking to engage with Key opinion leaders (KOLs) operating in the Gulf Region (and in particular UAE and KSA) in the area of Premarital Genetic Screening and/or PGD (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis). These individuals will most likely be operating in Fertility clinics or IVF clinics. Upon completion of this piece of work, our aim is to travel to the region and meet key individuals in face to face meetings.

We want to answer the following:

  • If KOLs are currently not using a premarital genetic test, what benefits would they see from a comprehensive premarital genetic test that screens the couple for all known genetic disorders? What expectations would they have in terms of cost and TAT.
  • If a competitor test is being used: who is the competitor, have the users identified any gaps in the existing service, what is the cost of the competitor test they are currently using and the TAT
  1. From these KOLs, we are looking to identify ones that would like to collaborate with MolMart to introduce our premarital screen to their service and identify genetic mutations particular to the region.

We can discuss the specifics of how this could work with them face-to-face: at this stage, the test has been validated and proof of concept has been demonstrated.

  1. Identify the key individuals that we should be contacting both as technical buyers (the people that will be using the test in their clinic) and decision makers/economic buyers. Obtain contact details for these individuals and assist in setting up meetings with the relevant individuals.
  2. Identify the size of the existing market.
  3. Identify whether insurance would cover all or part of the Premarital genetic screen for locals and expats.
  4. Identify the legal requirements of MolMart to enable it to trade in the UAE/KSA.

Closing Date: 5pm Monday 15th July 2019

GH28 Client Specification – Molmart Ltd V1.2

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund

Business Name: Blue Apple Design

Reference Code: GH5111

Description of services required:

Salesforce is used at the heart of everything we do. It provides information and reporting for every department within the business. We started working on implementing the CRM in 2017 after using a free CRM for some time before switching to a relatively unknown paid system. This proved to be slow and inefficient for our requirements. We chose Salesforce for its flexibility and the ability for it to be developed over time to suit the growing needs of the business. We had a Salesforce implementation company develop the initial phase1 setup and transfer everything over. They also developed a production process into the system to manage projects through their lifecycle. We started using the system in January 2018 and after a few bug fixes and improvements everything we do is now managed through Salesforce. All our data and record keeping is stored in the system so that when we need to find anything it is just a simple search away.

The current setup allows the sales team to register any new contacts/leads. These can then be added to campaigns which provides feedback and data on which have interacted with a campaign. Any leads which we visit can then be converted to a contact with their school converting to an account. Any communication can be manually linked to a specific contact, account, quote, job etc. We are then able to quote directly to the contact and they have the ability to e-sign the quote. Once this is received the account managers create a job within Salesforce and also within our Project Management Software, Basecamp. The job has a process assigned to it which has check boxes and is unique to each job type. The account managers work through this process, checking off tasks, until the project is complete. During this process we may need to request supplier quotes and send purchase orders for external work. Once completed we set a task to invoice the project which is then done in an accounts package called Xero. A customer survey is also sent out after every project has been completed.

Every step of the process is done manually which is time-consuming, repetitive and prone to human error. Having used the system for over 12 months we have now outlined where we can improve each process. This will mean most of what we do will be automated cutting down on man hours and human errors. It will also allow each system to talk to one another thus providing a seamless all through system.

We believe this will save around 25% of the account managers’ time and reduce errors thus improving the overall customer experience. It will also shorten the time it takes to invoice customers and so improve cash-flow.

Therefore, the project is the development of our Salesforce CRM to improve its functionality specifically for the business and streamline processes to decrease manual operations, human error and increase productivity.

We are looking to work with an experienced Salesforce (lightning) developer/consultant to undertake the following:

  1. MailChimp and Vidyard to Salesforce integration
  2. Salesforce to Xero integration so that we can automatically create:
    1. Accounts & Contacts in SF and in Xero
    2. Quotes in SF and in Xero
    3. Purchase orders in SF and in Xero
    4. Invoices in SF and in Xero
  3. Automate processes from opportunities and quoting so that when a signed quote is received a job is created automatically and a task set for account managers to action
  4. Salesforce to Basecamp integration so that jobs are created in Basecamp when created in SF
  5. Automate job processes dependent on job type. Automation will include setting tasks on a timeline basis so that they prompt the account managers at key milestones.
  6. Set up of standard email templates with email signatures that are triggered upon action.
  7. Automatic emailing linking back to SF when sent from SF
  8. Resetting Sales Targets on a monthly basis for the dashboard
  9. Changing T&Cs for all quoted products and having live URL links within the T&Cs
  10. Pricing matrix for all services, products and variables
  11. Develop Campaign Expenses monitoring
  12. Fix issues with commission calculator and automate reporting each month
  13. On Delivery Date, request PoD from supplier
  14. Customer surveys to be triggered upon (invoice/closed) in jobs

Closing Date: 5pm Tuesday 23rd July 2019

GH28 Client Specification – Blue Apple Design Ltd V1.1

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund


The Apprenticeship Service want SMEs help to shape the design of the service

If you’re planning to take on apprentices later this year, the Apprenticeship service would love to get you on board to test the apprenticeship service.

It’s your chance to see what you’ll be able to do ahead of the planned launch in early 2020.

Features include being able to:

  • reserve funding from the government for training your apprentices
  • select and save apprenticeships
  • create and upload apprenticeship job adverts
  • manage job applications
  • add apprentices

Testing is open to employers who:

  • have an annual pay bill of less than £3 million and therefore don’t pay the apprenticeship levy
  • intend to start an apprenticeship between August and October 2019
  • are already working with a training provider that offers training to employers who don’t pay the apprenticeship levy and has funding available

Ideally you’d also have an apprentice (or apprentices) lined up to start their apprenticeship – either a new starter or existing employee you want to upskill.

Register your interest here