Opportunities

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.

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Tender Name: Development and Integration of New Webshop Platform

Business Name: Better Equipped Educational Supplies Ltd

Ref: GH51093

Description of services required:

Better Equipped supply STEM equipment to schools and colleges. We have a customer base of 60% of UK secondary schools, with an annual penetration of c. 50%, on the back of building a reputation for providing the lowest prices in the market for high quality STEM products and resources and yet still delivering excellent levels of customer service.

Our project is to move to a new webshop platform and commission bespoke API software to enable our webshop to integrate with Sage 50 Cloud accounting software.

Successful delivery of this project will unlock 3 key opportunities for our business:
1. Enable orders placed on-line to be automatically populated on Sage 50 Cloud (saving significant amounts of order processing/data input time) which will benefit productivity and improve the speed with which we can fulfil customers’ orders.

2. Enable us to develop bespoke and so effective websites for other key European markets with a view to increasing our international sales to 8-10% of Turnover within 3 years. The number one priority being a bespoke website for Ireland to launch in May 2019 which will help raise awareness and visibility amongst 600 additional secondary schools. This will be followed by a dedicated site aimed at serving the Benelux Countries to launch in April 2020. We currently have an ineffective mirror of our UK website pointed at Ireland but this does not enable effective S.E.O and so performance is disappointing as a result. The launch of a new Irish Website would coincide with a targeted campaign of direct marketing and field sales visits to key schools in Ireland all aimed at launching the company in Ireland and step changing the quantity of goods we export to Ireland.

3. Enable a significantly improved mobile browsing experience. Our current web platform delivers a relatively poor experience to customers as evidenced by a bounce rate which is twice that of the desktop site. However mobile/tablet browsing accounts for 21% of site visits and is growing significantly so it’s important we address this issue to enable a good customer experience irrespective of browsing device, and therefore maximise our opportunity to sell across all browsing platforms.

We are looking to procure the services of an expert digital marketing/web development agency to complete the whole project including commissioning the new platform and optimising for all browsers, developing integration software to link the webshop and Sage 50 cloud and the creation of the Irish Website.

Closing Date: 5pm on Thursday 25th October 2018

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund

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Tender Name: Bespoke CRM System Development and Integration

Business Name: Olympian Sheds Limited

Ref: GH51089

Description of services required:

A family owned and run business, established over 35 years ago, we manufacture and install a wide range of high quality timber garden buildings from our factory and show site premises in Sandbach, Cheshire.

The proposed project involves the designing and development of a bespoke CRM system, with additional features linking manufacture and delivery / installation.
All current systems are based around paperwork, these are all hand written and filed, with lots of double moving and double entry. In summary, some are shown below:
– Quotations
– Writing of order forms and splitting and filing the relevant copies
– Creation of production notes
– Amending of orders
– Creation of delivery planning cards
– Daily production schedule
– Daily delivery schedule
– Calling and emailing of customers to book deliveries in
– Post installation call and email follow up
– Creation of site visit sheets / return visit sheets and others
– Logging of above information
We require a system that will significantly simplify the whole process. An additional benefit of the system would be that the correspondence and whole process from quotation to installation would be far more professional, this is essential if we are to target the high-end garden room buildings.

Closing Date: 5pm on Monday 22th October 2018

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund

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Tender Name: IT System Development and Integration Phase 2 – Purchase, installation and integration 

Business Name: The Outdoors Company UK Ltd

Ref: GH51084

Description of services required:

We are a wholesale distributor of outdoor brands to the corporate market. The business is B2B and you are required to have an account to buy from us. We sell in bulk to a variety of channels such as Emergency Services, Outdoor Education Centres, Expedition Companies, Schools and Colleges, Marketing and Promotional agencies, Workwear Companies and Corporate End Users (plc’s), such as Google, EDF Energy, MET Police, Warner Bros, Fox Films, Brand Addition and Cromwell Tools. We also supply large charitable organisations like The Princes Trust, many councils and Entrust (Capita) who manage Outdoor Education Centres across the UK.  We operate in a niche market and have agreements in place with brands that give us exclusivity which means there is huge scope for realising the potential on offer. We currently have agreements with The North Face, Berghaus, Helly Hansen, RAB, Patagonia, Montane and Columbia.

To underpin our growth we need to ensure our systems, processes and associated infrastructure are fit for purpose. Our current internal process for processing orders is manual and inefficient in terms of time required to get orders shipped to customers. Double keying of all orders and invoices result in duplication of effort and time. There is a lack of visibility for the sales people with regard to customers live orders, past orders, credit limits & financials. Moreover, there is a lack of visibility for senior management to understand the value of current ‘live’ orders in the sales pipeline as ordering system is paper based. In summary, there is a lack of suitable reporting from the current situation which slows down strategic and operational decision making. The main objective of the project is to improve the efficiency of the business and to provide a suitable platform for growth

Closing Date: 5pm on Friday 12th October 2018

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund

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