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Tender for Strangford Lough Tourism Cluster

Monday, 18th January, 2021 Business

Invitation to tender for Phase 2 Invest NI Collaborative Growth Programme Project for The Strangford Lough Tourism Cluster

Job Title: Independent Facilitator for the Strangford Lough Tourism Cluster Group – 30 month contract

Closing Date: Tuesday 2 February 2021 5pm

As lead partner in The Strangford Lough Tourism Cluster, The Echlinville Distillery is inviting tenders for an Independent Facilitator/s for Phase 2 of the Cluster’s Invest NI Collaborative Growth Programme.

The Strangford Lough Tourism Cluster was established in early 2019 and comprises key tourist operators and stakeholders from the Strangford Lough area, supported by Invest NI, Tourism NI, Ards and North Down Borough Council and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

The Cluster was assisted and financially funded by Invest NI though its Collaborative Growth Programme (Phase 1) and the funding enabled the appointment of independent facilitators who assisted the Cluster in carrying out a Scoping Study to investigate the potential to establish a collaborative network of SMEs around Strangford Lough. Working with the key tourism stakeholders, the Cluster identified how best to exploit economic opportunities arising from collaborative working on new products and experiences in the area.

Phase 2 – Having secured further funding from Invest NI, the Cluster now wishes to appoint a facilitator/s to guide and manage the Cluster, over a 30-month period, to co-ordinate effective delivery of an agreed set of SMART objectives and ensuring a commercial return for all the Cluster Members.

Next Steps:

Tender specification and project details are available here Independent Facilitator Tender Document

Tenders must be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday 2 February 2021.


Submit queries by email to [email protected]

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