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Tender Opportunities

This page will be updated regularly with new tender opportunities as and when they arise.

Opportunity to provide consultancy services to support development of the Local Skills Improvement Plan for Cumbria

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce has been appointed by the Department for Education (DfE) as a Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) Trailblazer. This followed a bidding opportunity earlier this year, open to any Employer Representative Bodies (ERBs), with all eight Trailblazers awarded to Chambers of Commerce.

The aim of LSIPs is to put employers at the heart of local skills programmes, seeking to ensure a responsive local skills system and the right skills provision to meet the needs of employers now and moving forward. This will involve engaging actively and effectively with both employers and providers.

Activity has to be completed by March 2022, so although we would prefer to recruit an in-house team we will need to follow a contracted route for some of our requirements, in particular around project set up and management, setting up and facilitating the steering group, stakeholder plan, coordinating research and testing conclusions with stakeholders and engaging with providers and other stakeholders regarding implementation of some conclusions.

If this is of interest then please email by noon on Monday 27th September setting out briefly:

  • Your availability between now and the end of March
  • Day rate
  • Relevant experience

Contract: Installation of draughtproofing & other energy saving measures

Cumbria Action for Sustainability – Quotations are invited from organisations and sole traders with the experience and qualifications to implement a draughtproofing service in districts of Cumbria on behalf of Cumbria Action for Sustainability. This work is part of our Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria service, funded by the Energy Redress Scheme.

You’ll install a range of draughtproofing measures, as specified by our energy assessors.

You’ll be part of our network of installers across the county, helping Cumbrians to make their homes warmer and save money on their energy bills. Working with our installers and partners, CAfS has completed draughtproofing in over 300 homes, with high-quality professionally installed fitting.

The Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria service has the support of all local authorities in Cumbria as well as other organisations that support vulnerable people across the county.

How to apply:

Please review the Invitation to Tender document, here, for full details about the work required and the application process. Recruitment is ongoing.

Other opportunities:

Long Valley Yurts are looking to create a complete wedding package that makes it as easy as possible for our couples to have the best day without the stress of having to individually organise each component part. Their aim is to use local suppliers, championing local produce and heritage and keeping it eco.

They are currently looking at finding strategic venue partners where we can stage the wedding offering. In terms of venues we are contacting prospective partners in and around the South Lakes to try and find –

  • A field or appropriate space to accommodate the teepees and wedding facilities 30 m x 30 m.  If there are additional spaces within the field e.g a barn, even better.
  • Parking for 80 -120 guests (we will be encouraging lift sharing and will organise transport to and from train station if required)
  • Toilet if possible but we can hire these in
  • Availability from mid March – end September – likely every Saturday and additional mid week bookings during holidays as a minimum (20 – 40 weddings per season with the infrastructure in place throughout the whole period)
  • Appropriate license(s) to hold the event

They’ll be looking at donating a percentage to either a project on the site e.g. planting trees, regenerating an area or space, and/or supporting a local charity. To find out more, please email Victoria Sewell at

Closed tenders:

Contract: The provision of scheduled and reactive compressor maintenance

Sellafield Ltd has a requirement to procure continued maintenance services across its fleet of compressor assets. The market engagement paper can be viewed using our Complete Tender Management portal. Responses required by deadline of 16 July 2021.

How to apply:

Find out more here.

Vendor Opportunity: Help to Grow: Digital

Help to Grow: Digital is a new UK-wide scheme to help small and medium size businesses (SMEs) adopt digital technologies that are proven to increase their productivity. It will offer free, impartial advice and guidance via an online platform to help SMEs identify their digital needs, and a voucher covering 50% of the costs of new-to-firm digital technology solutions, up to a value of £5,000.

Vendors who wish to provide technology products through the Government’s Wave 1 Help to Grow: Digital initiative need to submit an application form providing details of their business and proposed products. Applications are open from 29 July to 8 September 2021. Full details of the scheme, eligibility criteria and application forms are online here.