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Building Better Opportunities: 'Progress' - Tender opportunity

Posted on 16 October 2017

Groundwork UK is looking for an organisation or consultant to support the financial management of the Building Better Opportunities programme for 15-24 year old NEET and at risk of NEET young people across Coventry & Warwickshire (‘Progress’).

'Progress' is a tailored programme of coaching and support to help NEET young people access training and employment opportunities that is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund. 

Proposals are sought from organisations or individuals who can support Groundwork UK (as lead partner) and all individual partners in the financial management of Progress.

The successful tenderer will act as Finance Manager to the programme, working within Groundwork UK’s contract management team based in Birmingham, with frequent travel to Coventry & Warwickshire. The focus of the role is split between managing the overall programme budget (managed by Groundwork UK as lead partner) and supporting financial management and compliance amongst local delivery partners.

Proposals are sought from organisations/ individuals who have recent knowledge and track record of supporting the financial management of programmes funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). Experience of working in the third sector is preferred as is track record of offering small, community-based organisations financial support.

Key duties will include:


  • Financial forecasting for the Groundwork UK management team, including monitoring and reporting staff costs.
  • Revising and updating the BBO Progress programme budget (based on aggregated budgets from 15 partners) for the BLF on a quarterly basis.
  • Undertaking checks of financial evidence from all partners in line with BBO funding rules, and advising on issues of financial compliance.
  • Providing remote and face-to-face support to BBO partners, some of whom have little or no in-house finance expertise or capacity.

How to apply

Please complete the following and submit both documents below to and by 12pm on Tuesday 31 October 2017 with interviews to be held on Friday 10 November. 

Tender Submission

Form of Tender

Further supporting documents can be downloaded below:

Tender specification

Scoring Matrix

Further Information

For further information or clarification please email stating "BBO Tender" in the email subject line, or contact Sarah Duncan or Andy Harrison on 0121 236 8565. 

The final deadline for tender-related questions is midday, Monday 23 October 2017. 

More information regarding BBO Progress, can be found on the Groundwork website.

Full details of the Building Better Opportunities programme can be found on the Big Lottery Fund website

Full guidance documents from the Big Lottery Fund can be found here.