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 NameDigital Sales & Marketing Strategy Consultancy and Web Platform Enhancement

Business Name: Rapid 3D Solutions Ltd

Reference Code: GH51101

Description of services required: 

At Rapid 3D Solutions Ltd, we design and manufacture a variety of ‘bespoke’ products for a large range of industry sectors including; Shopfitting, Construction, Petrochemical, Exhibition and Automotive with our business revenues traditionally based on direct contracts. However in 2016 / 17 with the  nationwide reductions in retail industry capital expenditure, we took the decision to diversify into the trade / B2B household (Kitchen’s, Bedroom’s and Home Office) furniture and, the smaller retail shop-fit-out markets.

This strategic pivot consumed considerable financial, staff and management time (and attention) resources as we invested heavily in our future and modified (and refined) our manufacturing processes to support diversification into these new markets. However, this investment has helped the business to secure significant new client contracts and we expect, given our current pipeline of business, to achieve continued growth in turnover.

1. Marketing Strategy
In advance of relaunching the www.tradecnc.co.uk website, we need to undertake a comprehensive review of how we best maximise sales within this high-margin bespoke projects market i.e. a full sales and marketing strategy review with subsequent development of our trade market focussed digital presence.

2. Web Platform Enhancement and CRM Integration
To successfully fulfil our business potential, we need to maximise our sales channels and adopt appropriate digital marketing activity alongside. However, the functionality of the website is now insufficient to service this bespoke trades-based project business as it doesn’t integrate into our customer relationship systems or, into SolidWorks. Consequently, we need to either undertake bespoke development to enhance functionality and facilitate the necessary integrations or, migrate to a new platform.

Please note this is procurement is to deliver the second phase of an existing grant funded project.

Submission Deadline: 5pm Tuesday 5th February 2019

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund


Tender NameCAD Software Purchase and Integration

Business Name: Rapier Star Ltd

Reference Code: GH51105

Description of services required: 

We design and manufacture fixings and fasteners for the fenestration industry. We have two routes to market, direct to manufacture and wholesale distribution e.g. builders merchants. We are recognised in the UK as the market leaders accounting for circa 70% of market share. Product design and supply is coordinated from our Head Office in Macclesfield with product manufacture taking place in the Far East which provides us with the economies of scale we need to maintain our market leading position.

The market we operate in is driven by new house building in the UK which is currently behind current demand and need. This means that our market will continue to grow in the future as new house building in the UK continues to be driven by political and social need. The renovation market of existing housing stock is also a key area for our products and will continue to be in the future as homes are updated in both the private and social housing markets.

To ensure we can manage the expected increases in order volumes in the UK and internationally we need to ensure our internal systems are able to satisfy the technical design demands internally as well as with our prospective clients who expect professional design drawings in its most up to date format i.e. 3D. Therefore, for us to maintain our competitive edge we need to ensure our technical design capability and associated internal processes are up to date. By introducing CAD design software we strongly believe we can provide a better customer experience and ultimately provide confidence in our ability as a company to deliver on our customers high expectations.

Our project is to implement a process that enables better flow of technical design specification throughout the supply chain, from inception to delivery. We currently have an ERP system that does not link to technical design in the business which means there is huge risk of error due to manual process including human intervention when design drawings held in paper files are sent to manufacturers. We have identified that the best way to bring our technical design and ERP systems together is to introduce and integrate CAD software to enable document control with configuration management, which will enable us to share product designs and data with customers and manufacturers quickly and accurately.

Submission Deadline: 5pm Thursday 31st January 2019

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund