Caribbean Export has taken the decision to re-publish the RfP for the development of a SME Diagnostic tool due to the submissions received not meeting our requirements.  Further clarification is therefore provided below to allow for applicants to better prepare their proposals. Background The development of CARIFORUM firms into world class companies with globally competitive brands requires that trade promotion and business support organisations create an enabling environment to support this long term development objective. This means providing support programmes that are impactful and target specific needs. The identification of these needs must be scientific and assessed through a standard methodology that takes into account all business areas. As such, Caribbean Export has taken a proactive approach by initiating a project to develop an SME Diagnostic Tool. It is expected that this tool will enhance competitiveness in the private sector by creating a standardised, expert-based methodology for accurately assessing SMEs and identify the areas where development is required. In doing so, Caribbean Export can then develop a tailored approach of targeted interventions and other support mechanisms to address these gaps. The expected outcomes of course are firms better equipped to compete globally. The Diagnostic tool developed must be able to identify strengths and weaknesses of the business, help to improve growth and arrest decline; focus on improvements within the business and increase the ability to attract investment. This investment can come from differing funding mechanisms, both traditional and non-traditional, including but not limited to; Angel Investors, VCs, Crowd Funding, Financial Institutions, etc. It should be directly related to measurable indicators that can be evaluated over a clearly identified time period. For more information on this consultancy please review the full Terms of Reference. Guidelines for submissions; 1.    Only submissions from ACP-EU Member States will be accepted 2.    Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 20th at 4:30 Barbados Time. Submissions received after this deadline will not be considered. 3.    Proposal should include, at a minimum: 4. Submissions and questions are to be submitted, electronically, to Chris McNair (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 5. Each Application will be evaluated on both the technical and financial elements of the proposal based on an 80:20 technical to financial split. A minimum score of 70 (out of 100) is required to be considered for final selection. Additional instructions for proposers; The Agency hopes these few points will be able to provide the guidance needed to prepare and submit your proposals.