Published: 14th May 2019
  • Full Time
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Salary: £31,371 to £34,788
  • 31st May 2019

Website northeastlep North East Local Enterprise Partnership

37 hours per week
Fixed term until December 2021

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership works to deliver more and better jobs for everyone.

We are responsible for delivering the North East Strategic Economic Plan, to influence and shape the continued economic growth of the area. As part of the Strategic Economic Plan, we have an ambitious business growth programme to help us create more and better jobs which focuses on the opportunities in the North East LEP area to drive business growth through start-up, scale-up and inward investment.

It is widely recognised that for the economy to make a step change in growth we need to increase the number of businesses and the number of businesses which trade, innovate and grow. We also need to increase the density of fast-growing businesses. High growth small businesses have very significant economic and employment impacts on our economy.

Therefore, our goal is to increase the number of scale up businesses in the area by 50% and creating an addition 6,000 jobs. You can find out more about our work at or follow @northeastlep.

The North East Growth Hub is at the core of the programme. Through the provision of one-to-one support most often at client premises, our Growth Hub Connectors encourage small to medium-sized businesses to adopt the business support and finance services that will support their growth and improvement.

We are now looking to recruit a fourth connector with experience of working with entrepreneurs and high growth companies to complement our existing connector team specialisms and to roll out our new Growth Hub High Potential Start-up Programme. This is a fixed term contract to 31 December 2021.

The North East Combined Authority provides a robust and accountable structure for the area and provides the accountable body arrangements for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.

Salary: £31,371 to £34,788 depending on experience
Host Employer: North East Combined Authority
Closing date: Noon on 31 May 2019
Interviews to be held on: 7 June 2019

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.

Our Growth Hub Connectors do not deliver support directly. They manage introductions to the business support and finance providers who can help businesses to realise their growth potential. Growth Hub Connectors are independent brokers of business support and are driven solely by the needs of small and medium-sized businesses. Adopting an independent, impartial and objective approach, our Connectors work on a one-to-one basis with businesses to understand their opportunities and barriers to growth and improvement. They 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 money, pinpointing to the solutions that will support businesses to achieve their ambitions for growth and improvement.

This Growth Hub Connector role will lead the development and management of relationships with stakeholders who can support the identification, formation and growth of high growth potential start-ups, as required for the High Growth Potential Start-Up programme in the North East Local Enterprise Partnership area.

We are seeking an experienced individual with commercial experience who can work strategically both with entrepreneurs and business people, and with business support and finance partners. The successful candidate will have good communication and interpersonal skills, coupled with a good knowledge of the drivers and barriers of business growth and improvement and an understanding of the business and enterprise support sector. Ideally, we’re looking for a candidate with proven business development, sales or account management experience and with experience of working with entrepreneurs, start-up businesses and high growth businesses.

For an informal conversation please contact Helen Lee, Mentoring and Brokerage Manager on 0191 561 5451.

Interviews to be held: 7 June 2019.

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