Business Advisor – Future Business Centre, Peterborough – Fixed Term contract end June 2023

Allia Future Business Centre




£28,000 - £35,000 depending on experience




Full-Time (35 hours a week) though part time may be possible – Fixed term until end June 2023

Salary: Between £28,000 and £35,000 pro rata depending on experience

Based: Future Business Centre Peterborough

Reports to: Head of Enterprise Programmes

Allia is looking for an experienced business advisor with a track record of advising social, cleantech and environmental impact businesses in the UK who will be able to help deliver a programme of outreach, ideation and development to find and support new and emerging impact entrepreneurs and ventures. You will be part of a highly motivated, entrepreneurial team, reporting to the Head of Enterprise Programmes, and will bring direct experience of delivering externally funded programmes. You will have the chance to work at the cutting edge of social innovation and be involved in empowering and encouraging entrepreneurs and early stage ventures on the path to achieving significant social and environmental impact. This role brings with it a high level of direct client interaction, relationship building and account management.

Role Responsibilities

You will assist in the development and direct delivery of Allia’s work in stimulating and supporting social and environmental entrepreneurship. This will include a number of responsibilities, including:

  • Working as part of the Enterprise Support team to assist in the development, preparation, planning and implementation of business support programmes
  • Support marketing efforts and drive the awareness of and demand for the programmes
  • Coordinate and co-deliver Ideation & Validation, Impact Accelerator and Grow Your Business programmes
  • Progress tracking and reporting on individuals and supported ventures, as well as the impact and success of the outreach and ideation programmes
  • Develop relationships with key partners in the region including FE, HE, community, low carbon and VCS sectors

Person Specification

The role would suit someone with an entrepreneurial mindset with significant experience in providing individuals as well as early stage ventures with business advice and mentoring. Knowledge of, and commitment to, social and environmental innovation, ventures and investment is a must as is experience in delivering funded programmes with stringent reporting requirements.


  • An experienced business advisor and mentor with experience in the social and/or environmental sectors
  • Strong connections in the Peterborough/Cambridge/GCGP entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Experience of delivering business support programmes to diverse and/or migrant communities
  • Sound knowledge of, and commitment to, social and environmental innovation, ventures and entrepreneurs
  • Experience in delivering activity to stimulate enterprise, ideation and early stage venture support
  • Experience in planning and delivering externally funded business support programmes and taking responsibility for tracking and reporting
  • Established contacts with key entrepreneurial venture stakeholders (e.g. investors, supporters, mentors, academia and service providers)
  • Demonstrable ability to work with, and connect, communities
  • Eligible to live and work in the UK and fluency in English
  • Hold a valid driving licence and have own transport


  • 3 years+ experience providing business advice
  • Previous involvement in supporting the long term unemployed to start businesses
  • Previous experience of managing an accelerator programme and using 3rd parties to deliver the curriculum
  • Prior experience of delivering ERDF or EU funded programmes

To apply for this role, please send an up to date CV with a supporting covering letter highlighting your skills and experience along with why we should consider you for the role and your salary expectations. Applications will not be considered without this information.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK without sponsorship. All applications should be submitted by 5pm on 27th November 2020.


Notification of Partial Financial Support from European Regional Development Fund

 This role is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The UK’s departure from the European Union has no bearing on this role nor its funding. The project is fully funded to end June 2023.




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