Base: Home based with travel to office hubs in Southampton and Aldershot.
Hours: F/T envisioned but consideration will be given to alternative flexible working patterns.
Remuneration: £75,000 package to include pension and annual performance bonus.
28 days holiday plus bank holidays.
Business South is part of the Enterprise First Group of not for profit business support and business engagement organisations.
The Business South vision is to grow the economy of the South-East by:
Connecting business leaders
Articulating the business voice
Promoting the region to attract new talent, new businesses, and investment
Lobbying and influencing
Central to delivering its objectives is the Champion programme, a fee based membership group of leading private sector companies and public sector organisations.
Champion activities include participation in Action Groups, Round Table discussions, Directors Dinners, all supplemented by an active programme of conferences and events.
It is the leader in its field, and highly regarded for its ability to bring together senior decision makers for the benefit of local commerce and the regional economy. It is independent, non-political, and provides a collective voice.
Enterprise First was established over 30 years ago to support those considering starting a business or growing a small business. It has delivered a number local start-up and networking programmes primarily in Hampshire and Surrey. It is also part of a national consortium delivering large start-up and business growth contracts for central government across the south-east. It provides access to finance via Virgin Start-Up and has strong relationships with banks and other funders.
It has won numerous awards for its delivery, and many clients have started and grown successful businesses. Currently we receive enquiries from approx. 1,000 potential clients pa.
We manage four Enterprise Centres offering “easy-in easy-out” licence terms to a wide range of new and small businesses. These are located in Fareham, Liss, Portsmouth, and Southampton. The smallest has 12 units, the largest 96. Each Centre is operated through a separate limited company as most have a profit sharing arrangement with its landlords. Mentoring is available on-site to occupiers.
The organisation is almost unique in its breadth of business engagement, and the potential for future development. Whilst each of the three group activities are distinct, it is our intention to co-ordinate the group’s activities under the Business South brand. The new Chief Executive will be responsible for all the group’s activities, but will be expected to prioritise the growth and development of Business South.
Develop a strategy and business plan with the Chairman and the Board
Successful delivery of an agreed business plan
Leading and supporting the management team
Explore and develop new business opportunities
Ensuring external contract delivery meets or exceeds targets
Build and maintain strong relationships with external stakeholders
Lead and represent the company at internal and external events
Regular reporting to the Board on all aspects of the business
1) Strategic Thinking
Strong understanding of a changing environment and market needs
Anticipates new opportunities before they become obvious
Sets the future direction of the business with a clear vision
2) Achieving Commercial Outcomes
Has an Entrepreneurial attitude and mindset
Proactively seeks new and innovative business models to optimise revenue
Ability to link up different group services and customer groups to maximize added value
Demonstrates sound and prudent financial control and budgeting
3) Communicating with Others
Effective public speaking
Comfortable interacting with people of all backgrounds
Shows clear and effective written and spoken communication
4) Collaborating and Partnering
Able to build and maintain a high personal public profile
Effectively builds relationships with all stakeholders
Collaborates with partners to mutual benefit
5) Leading and Developing
Actively manages own personal development
Effectively supports all aspects of management team
Able to motivate, and engage staff in decision making
Promotes a learning culture across the organisation
Helps others adapt to change and innovate
6) Making Effective Decisions and Delivery at Pace
Prepared to make decisions within appropriate timescales
Able to balance speed and accuracy and learns from mistakes
Sets the culture for quick and effective responses in the organisation and leads by own example
7) Planning and Organising
Effective with own use of time and prioritises appropriately
Effective business and project planning
Seeks new ways of working and actively promotes them (eg Digital)
A sound understanding of the needs of business and how to effectively engage with them
Collaboration with a wide range of business facing organisations
Good knowledge of the regional economy
Evidence of initiating and developing new business facing ventures
Leadership and development of a small management team
Excellent digital and communication skills
Budgeting and financial management responsibilities