Tender Opportunity – Provision of Business Support Consultants for DR!VE Project (ERDF)

Invitation to Tender

Selnet are looking to commission qualified business advisers who are proficient in supporting both mainstream business start-up and Social Enterprise start-up. The business advisers will be able to support entrepreneurs in all areas of Lancashire including Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen.

The successful applicant will contribute to the overall success of the DR!VE project by committing to achieving a proportion of the output targets and results within this short timeframe – 1st March to 30th June 2023.



The Lancashire business support project DR!VE has been delivering support across the County since early in 2021. The ambitious plan to support more than 200 new-start and existing businesses to grow in Lancashire over the project timeframe will be achieved within the project timeframe. This has been achieved through a small partnership of providers who have hosted qualified business advisors and led by Selnet Ltd, (Social Enterprise Lancashire Network). The partnership has had huge success in starting and developing businesses across the County.

Recently in partnership with Boost, Lancashire’s business growth hub Selnet have secured a short extension to the DR!VE delivery term. This means from March to June 2023 the DR!VE project will continue to support Lancashire entrepreneurs helping them to start-up in business. Within this short period, we will support 60 entrepreneurs who will benefit from support tailored to their individual needs.


The Opportunity:

Through a blend of one-to-one and one-to-many activities, DR!VE will cater to the specific needs of Lancashire entrepreneurs looking to explore their idea to develop a sustainable business, this includes Social Enterprise start-up. The indicator we are set to deliver is defined in ERDF terms as ‘P11 – potential entrepreneurs assisted to be enterprise ready’.

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If you are interested in the opportunity or have any questions, please follow the instructions in the portal above.

Deadline for Tender responses –  Wednesday 15th February 2023 at 10am


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