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As part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal, the Northern Innovation Hub (NIH) is led by HIE. It has been developed as a series of tightly focused initiatives to strengthen opportunities for young people, to accelerate the growth of ...

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
An Lòchran, 10 Inverness Campus
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1463245245
NUTS code: UKM6

Internet address(es):

Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.2)Joint procurement
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local agency/office
I.5)Main activity
Economic and financial affairs

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

30 under 30 Programme - A support programme for high growth start-up businesses.

II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

As part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal, the Northern Innovation Hub (NIH) is led by HIE. It has been developed as a series of tightly focused initiatives to strengthen opportunities for young people, to accelerate the growth of ambitious, nascent enterprises and enhance competitiveness in the City-Region. The NIH is designed to benefit small and emerging businesses and social enterprises who plan to trade nationally or internationally. A key project within the NIH that is the subject of this PIN is the 30 under 30 business acceleration programme for high-growth start-ups.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKM6
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The aim of 30 under 30 is to ensure the City-Region is an increasingly attractive place to start and grow a successful enterprise. By providing the support entrepreneurs need to establish successful businesses and social enterprises, this project will help those start-ups with high growth potential (over 200 000 turnover growth in 3 years) to overcome risks and challenges faced at an early stage. It will encourage young people who have ambitious business ideas to remain in the City-Region or move their enterprise here, making an important contribution to the economy. It will improve the perception of the Highlands as a good place to start a business and as an inclusive centre for entrepreneurship and innovation.

The intention with 30 under 30 is to establish a largely virtual acceleration model in the region, with some physical components. We expect that much of the support and assistance provided to entrepreneurs will be delivered using digital technologies, but there should also be opportunities to meet face-to-face and forge networks. This will overcome the challenges of distance and the requirement to undertake extensive travel to further develop and commercialise their business ideas, whilst making the most of the benefits of the cohort approach.

The target market for this support is young, entrepreneurial, ambitious leaders seeking to establish or grow a business in the City-Region. They could already be involved with a start-up enterprise with high growth potential or looking to create spin-outs or start-ups from academia, or alternative institutions, by commercialising a product or project. The intention is that 30 under 30 will provide the intensive and longer-term support necessary to assist a nascent business to flourish, by supporting participants over the course of up to a year. The intention is for the programme to be open to all sectors, with the focus being on growth potential.

II.2.14)Additional information

See attached RFI document for full details.

II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

Please note this Notice is not a Call for Competition. Any future contract opportunities related to this requirement may be published on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) and/or the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). However, by issuing this Request for Information (RFI), HIE does not make any commitment to procure any of the stated services.

Dates and other information contained in this notice are indicative only and may be subject to change. No other tender documentation is available at this time.

HIE may use information, comments etc. provided in respect of your response and/or future correspondence when compiling any final tender documents but reserves the right not to accept any such information, comments etc. from any respondent. This decision will be at the sole discretion of HIE.

Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at

(SC Ref:477855).

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: