Business Growth Advisor – Solent

YTKO supports businesses through the whole cycle of growth, from pre-start and start-up to sustainability and growth, via a blend of branded services. We have secured funding to deliver growth support to SME businesses in the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) region along with a generous grant programme that successful clients can use for the purchase of new equipment, expertise and services as part of their ambitious growth plans.  The scheme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  Our services in this contract will be offered under our GetSet Accelerate Solent brand in partnership with the University of Portsmouth.  

GetSet Accelerate Solent is a specialist service tailored for small businesses with the potential and ambition for sustainable growth.  It helps SMEs overcome the two biggest barriers to growth – generating sufficient profitable customers and accessing growth finance. The programme provides practical strategic advice and support on markets and marketing, investment readiness, finance and business planning, through a range of workshops, 1:1 support and networking, again underpinned by a rich e-learning portal.  

We want to build a team of outstanding business advisers to deliver finance, investment readiness and business growth guidance to existing and early-stage businesses under the GetSet Accelerate Solent programme.  This will include a blend of 1-1 face-to-face support, group workshop facilitation and remote support, to assist established businesses to grow and supporting them to access external finance from a variety of sources as appropriate.  

The programme will also feature a grant scheme that may be used to support up to 25% of the costs of an applicant’s growth project.  Advisers will work with clients to help them assemble the best-case possible for grant support, in line and compliant with YTKO’s grant management procedures.  

The Business Growth Advisor role blends strategic and operational responsibilities, directly supporting clients and in addition, building new and enriching existing partnerships across the Solent LEP area to allow us to better support clients both now and in the future.  

As our Business Growth Advisor – Solent, you may be called upon to deputise for the Programme Manager as required, building and maintaining an effective network of relationships with stakeholders, referral partners, influencers, service providers, networks and organisations of all kinds across the public and private sectors. This is an essential part of building a robust client pipeline, demonstrating our collaborative ethos, and ensuring our reputation is strong amongst the business community.

If this sounds like you, please complete our Application and Equal Opportunities form using the Apply Online button. We envisage a start date as soon as is possible for the right candidate.

YTKO has a strong value set to which all our team have contributed to and demonstrate on a daily basis. We welcome applications from all candidates fulfilling the job requirements, regardless of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion or disability, firmly believing that a diverse and inclusive team, underpinned by a great, flexible culture, is fundamental to our success.

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Solent LEP region - Southampton or Portsmouth area

£36,000 - £45,000 p.a. depending on skills and experience

Full time, fixed term contract until July 2023

Closing Date:
September 24, 2021 5:00 pm

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