A fixed term position has now become available within NBSL to assist in their role as the delivery partner of new ERDF Grant Funds.

Salary: £30k per annum

Fixed Term: to 31 March 2021

37 hours per week

Secondment opportunities will be considered

£2.4millon of ERDF funding has recently been awarded to the North East LEP region to support small to medium sized enterprises to recover from Covid19.  ERDF eligible businesses deemed to have been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic will be able to apply for grants of between £1,000 and £3,000.

The access point for these funding offers will be via the North East Growth Hub - the Growth Hub Connector will deliver services remotely but there may be a need for face to face meetings across the North East as the restrictions related to Covid ease.

Many businesses find the business support and finance landscape confusing, they are often sceptical about the benefits support will deliver and are often unsure about which options will best fulfil their needs.

Through the provision of one-to-one support, the Growth Hub Connector will encourage small to medium sized businesses to access the business support services that will support their response to the impact of Covid 19 and drive future growth and improvement.  The Growth Hub Connector will work with businesses to simplify the business support landscape.  Adopting an independent, impartial and objective approach, the Connector will:

  • Provide a brokerage and triage service to enable businesses to access timely and appropriate business support interventions.
  • Work with businesses to understand their opportunities and barriers to growth and improvement and to pinpoint the solutions that will support businesses to achieve their ambitions.
  • Motivate businesses to engage with business support through helping them to understand the benefits they can expect to receive in exchange for their investment of time and in some cases money.
  • Manage introductions to the business support providers who can help businesses to realise their growth potential.
  • Assist business support providers by increasing the number and quality of referrals to them.

A full Job Description can be downloaded here.

Thus we are currently looking for an individual who meets the person specification outlined below.

Essential Person Specification

  • Working knowledge of ERDF funding programmes including eligibility criteria.
  • Experience of analysing business performance and identifying solutions to enhance business performance and promote business growth.
  • Awareness of the current North East business support landscape.
  • Knowledge of identifying characteristics of businesses with Scaleup potential.
  • Experience of developing, presenting and achieving buy-in to proposals that will lead to business growth and improvement.
  • Experience of developing partnerships that effectively stimulate demand for products and services.
  • Strong administration and organising skills.
  • Ability to project manage and manage priorities effectively and efficiently.
  • Ability to conduct basic data management.
  • Highly competent in computer literacy with some working knowledge of social media.

A full Person Specification can be downloaded here

The closing date for receipt of the application is 5.00pm on Friday 4th September 2020.

Please send an up-to-date CV and covering letter detailing your experience/knowledge for each of the Essential Person Specifications listed above to:

Carol White, NBSL, 6 Esther Court, Wansbeck Business Park, Rotary Parkway, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 8AP or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tel: 01670 813322


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