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Job Title: Business Advisor

About the role:

The Business Adviser will work closely with individuals in Tees Valley looking to scale up their own businesses, providing expert guidance, support, and resources to help them achieve their entrepreneurial goals. This will include (although not limited to) assessing their business ideas for suitability, supporting with the inception of new businesses, delivering accredited and non-accredited training to enhance skill sets, driving performance within established businesses, and providing guidance on business legislation and requirements. Support is delivered via face-to-face, online and group sessions. This position offers a unique opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the lives of aspiring and established entrepreneurs, empowering them to achieve their business goals and contribute to economic growth and prosperity. The Business Advisor will be responsible for identifying, recruiting, and engaging with participating businesses and ensuring the success of the needs analysis and matching of the mentorship and training support elements. The themes of the role are Self Employment Support, Quality and Continuous Improvement, People Motivation, Coaching and Development, Stakeholder engagement, Monitoring and Evaluation, Networking and Events, Account management and Business Development, Business Acumen adaptation and adjustment.

Required criteria:

· Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a similar role, supporting individuals to gain self-employment objectives.

· Understanding of how to compile a business plan, including how to compile and review financial projections, as well as assessing a business’s viability and the associated risk.

· Knowledge of relevant laws, regulations, and compliance requirements related to small business ownership and operation.

· Strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs, particularly in the startup and scale-up phases.

· Experience of delivering group learning/coaching sessions

· Must have excellent face to face and telephone communication skills with the ability to work on their own initiative.

· Good administration skills, including computer/technology, basic numeracy/spreadsheet skills and good written communication/record keeping skills.

· A willingness to learn and ability to adapt to and embrace change.

· Commitment to providing high-quality service and support to clients, with a passion for helping entrepreneurs succeed.

· Ability to positively challenge others.

 

Desirable criteria:

· Proven experience in entrepreneurship, business development, or small business management, with a history of success in starting or scaling businesses.

· Self-employment experience through owning and running of your own business.

· Experience in a training, guidance, education or learning environment that supports individuals in business.

· Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver comprehensive business plans and presentations.

· Teaching qualification such as Education & Training, PTTLS, Cert Ed etc.

· Level 3 Information, Advice & Guidance

 

 

 

About the successful applicant:

· Thrive in a people-centric environment & interest in self-development.

· Values driven & compassionate with a sincere desire for helping people succeed.

· Continuous improvement mindset

· Sharing ideas and best practice will come naturally to you.

· Initiative-taking and results oriented.

· Exceptional interpersonal communication and listening skills.

· Adaptable and able to work in a dynamic environment.

· Collaborative collaborator.

· Passion for contributing to the growth and success of local businesses.

· Good administration and attention to detail

· Will go the extra mile to get the job done to the highest of standards

 

More details about the role:

· To develop and nurture strong supportive relationships with participants to assess their business ideas, goals and needs, ensuring they achieve their objectives

· Develop personalized business plans tailored to each client’s unique circumstances, including startup costs, marketing strategies, and growth projections.

· Offer guidance on legal and regulatory requirements for starting and operating a business, including permits, licenses, and tax obligations.

· Assist clients in accessing funding opportunities, such as grants, loans, and investment capital, and provide support with preparing funding applications.

· Design, develop and deliver workshops via 1-2-1’s and groups

· Ability to work autonomously as required and self-motivated

· Stay informed about industry trends, best practices, and emerging opportunities in entrepreneurship to ensure the advice and support provided to clients is current and relevant.

· Offer expertise in market research and analysis to help clients identify their target audience, assess competition, and develop effective positioning strategies.

· Maintain accurate records of participant interactions, progress, and outcomes, to ensure audit and quality assurance that meets the needs of the contract

· Continuously evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the self-employment advisory services offered, incorporating feedback from clients and stakeholders as appropriate.

· Maintain the highest standards of participant care at all times.

· Complete all company documentation required as part of the role accurately and timeously

· Embrace a culture of continuous improvement and openly share and promote best practice between colleagues and partners, striving for excellence across all areas of delivery

· Provide ongoing support and mentorship to clients throughout the startup and scaling process, offering encouragement, troubleshooting assistance, and strategic advice.

· Connect clients with relevant networking opportunities, industry contacts, and support organizations to help them expand their professional network and access additional resources.

· Establish and develop links with organisations who may be supporting or hosting potential participants and establish a presence where appropriate to stimulate programme starts

· To motivate and focus participants to positively engage in personal action planning and subsequent actions to support a progressive plan towards building their business.

· To provide advice, guidance and support to participants supporting their transition in to self-employment

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