The Let’s Do Business Group is one of the leading providers of business support across the South East providing business advice, training, finance and networking opportunities. 

Let’s Do Business Group delivers the South East Business Boost project under contract to East Sussex County Council. The project is part funded by the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund Programme.

The project is managed through the Business East Sussex Growth Hub and is aimed at supporting both new and established businesses to develop and grow.

Our team brings specialist support and experience providing a single point of contact for all business support needs.

As the result of a new contract we are strengthening and expanding our team in support of the business economy of East Sussex.

JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE: ERDF Programme Alternative Finance Network Facilitator
TEAM: Extended Business East Sussex
LOCATION: Hastings
VERSION: V1 June 2017
REPORTING TO: Deputy CEO
SALARY: £27K – 12 month contract with option to extend by further 12 months
CLOSING DATE: Monday 10th July 2017

To apply for this role please email CV to info@ldbgroup.co.uk

 

MAIN PURPOSE OF THE ROLE

To collate an extensive knowledge bank of the finance available to East Sussex firms: traditional (banks etc), alternative (Angel Investors, crowd funding, venture capital) etc. To raise awareness among East Sussex businesses of support that is available to help businesses start up and grow by determining their requirements. This will involve reaching out to businesses, answering enquires, sign-posting information, completing diagnostics, fulfilling requests, following up the enquiries and maintaining a database; working closely with the Access to Finance Facilitator to provide financing leads for potential applications. Liaising with the BES Manager and directing clients to them where applicable and; undertaking follow up activity with clients to determine take up of signposting and level of client satisfaction

To support the successful delivery of ESCC’s role as a partner in the £12m European Regional Development Fund programme.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Researching the range of funding models available – and establishing what is in the local, SELEP, national and international areas
  • Proactively and reactively engaging with potential investors, existing networks and relevant support organisations (FCA, HMRC) to encourage (greater) activity in East Sussex
  • Advising potential financers/investors correctly on options for investing and supporting them to create networks/platforms.
  • Where appropriate, support clients through the finance application process
  • Ensuring key performance indicators are achieved
  • Meeting prescribed targets relating to quality and contractual standards
  • Feeding information to the Access to Finance Facilitator and updating Finance Finder
  • Adherence to all Data Protection and Confidentiality protocols

 
Contact and Communication

  • With individuals and businesses wishing to access finance to grow their businesses
  • With external partners, funders and stakeholders
  • National, regional and local government officials
  • With colleagues and partners to projects

 
KEY PERFORMANCE MEASURES

  • Achievement of key contractual targets
  • Ensure that clients and stakeholders receive value for money and outstanding service
  • Ensuring delivery of the Group’s business plan objectives and targets
  • Colleagues satisfaction with support for specific projects
  • Adherence to all Group and contractual Data Protection, Confidentiality and Compliance protocols
  • Meeting prescribed targets relating to our quality, compliance and contractual standards

 
Financial Accountability

  • None

 
Employees responsible for

  • None

 
PERSON SPECIFICATION

Requirement:

Education, training and qualifications

Essential

  • Degree level (level 4) in finance /economics related discipline or equivalent experience

 
Desirable

  • Professional business qualification

 
Skills, knowledge and abilities

Essential

  • An excellent understanding of financing models, developments over recent years
  • Understanding the relevant local and national financing landscape and related support services
  • Very sound understanding of how business finance works and how to access it
  • Working effectively with a wide range of businesses and stakeholders in the private- and public-sectors
  • Self starter
  • Able to organise and prioritise work effectively to meet deadlines and maintain high standards
  • MS Office skills: Outlook, Word, Excel
  • Team work
  • Numeracy
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Good communications, written and oral, with an ability to work with a diverse range of clients and colleagues both face to face and by telephone
  • Decision making
  • Building and retaining visibility through local networking organisations.
  • Presentation skills
  • Hard working and self motivated

 
Experience

Essential

  • Experience in the commercial/corporate financial sector
  • Explaining complex ideas in an accessible way to a range of audiences
  • Experience in identifying and following up leads
  • Goal-orientated networking

 
Desirable

  • Organising and managing events

 
Personal attributes

Essential

  • Ability to rapidly develop trust and credibility with businesses
  • Ability to work with a range of investors
  • Ability to demonstrate tact, diplomacy and empathy
  • Ability to work calmly and under pressure
  • Adaptable to change and to work flexibly
  • Ability to assimilate new information

 
Role Specific Requirements

  • Ability and flexibility to travel within the county and more widely to ensure the delivery of outcomes is an essential of this role
  • It is expected that the successful applicant will have access to a suitable vehicle which will need to be insured for business use.  Costs incurred for vehicle use for activities in connection with the position will be reimbursed at an agreed rate per month

 

CLOSING DATE: Monday 10th July 2017

To apply for this role please email CV to info@ldbgroup.co.uk