Business Support Associate

Allia Future Business Centre




up to 35,000.00 pa (pro rata)




Business Support Associate (Can be 1 full-time or 2 part-time posts)

Location: Allia Future Business Centre Peterborough, with occasional travel to other locations as required Hours: Combined 5 days/35 hours per week

Contract: 6 Month Fixed Term Contract to 31 December 2018

Salary – Up to £35,000.00 (pro rata) depending on experience

Reports to – Head of Enterprise Engagement


About Us

Our world needs effective solutions and new thinking to solve the most pressing global and local challenges. Organisations and individuals that aim to make positive change and address these challenges – impact ventures and impact entrepreneurs – can transform peoples’ lives. Allia recognises they need the right kind of support and we work to create innovative and effective services to support them, one great idea at a time. We talk about amplifying impact. We are dedicated to helping impact organisations and initiatives to grow through inspiring workspaces, effective support and innovative social finance.

Over the past 4 years we have supported over 700 impact ventures to start up, grow and scale up – supporting exciting new innovations and companies to create over 230 jobs and raise over third of a billion of pounds of investment and finance.

Our people are pivotal to our success and we have grown expediently. Our team is over 50 strong in 3 locations and we continue to add to this number. We are an equal opportunities employer who embraces diversity and inclusion and we are a great employer! In fact, we are the best small employer for employee engagement in the Eastern Region. We offer a great working environment, true team working ethos, fabulous benefits and much more.

Who Are We Looking For

Allia has 2 roles for experienced individual(s) to lead the delivery of our “Serious Impact” business support programme in Peterborough which helps entrepreneurs to start and grow their impact ventures. The roles could be suitable for 1 full time or 2 part time individuals.

The individual(s) should have experience with engaging with external stakeholders and be capable of delivering a programme of outreach and business support events. You will have a track record of delivering externally funded programmes of business support and ideally have experience in supporting Impact businesses.

You will be part of a highly motivated, entrepreneurial team, reporting to the Head of Enterprise Engagement. You will have the chance to work at the cutting edge of impact innovation and be involved in empowering and encouraging entrepreneurs and early stage ventures on the path to achieving sustained and meaningful growth. This role brings with it a high level of direct client interaction and stakeholder engagement.

Job Description

Role 1 –  Business Support Responsibilities (2-3 days per week)

  • Assist in the development, preparation, planning and implementation of a programme of external stakeholder engagement
  • Identify and maximise relationships with key partners in the region and relevant sectors stimulating and supporting impact entrepreneurship
  • Support marketing efforts and drive the demand and awareness of the programmes
  • Enrolling suitable candidates into the Serious Impact Programme
  • Coordinate and co-deliver programmes and events
  • Progress tracking and reporting on individuals and supported ventures, as well as the impact and success of the business and outreach programmes
  • Provide support to Serious Impact clients and tenants of the Future Business Centre in Peterborough


Role 2 –  Business Support (External) Responsibilities (2-3 days per week)

  • ·Assist in the development, preparation, planning and implementation of a programme of outreach to entrepreneurs and businesses in and around the GCGP LEP area, focused on migrants and females
  • Identify and maximise relationships with key partners in the region and relevant sectors stimulating and supporting impact entrepreneurship
  • Support marketing efforts and drive the demand and awareness of the programme 
  • Coordinate and deliver a series of events to the target groups at external locations. 
  • Signpost suitable candidates to other Serious Impact business support activities


Person Specification

The roles would suit those with an entrepreneurial mind set with experience in providing early-stage businesses and SME’s with either individual or programme support. Knowledge of, and commitment to, impact innovation is a must, as is experience in delivering funded programmes with reporting requirements.


The successful candidate(s) will have: 

  • Experience in outreach and recruitment for business support programmes
  • Strong understanding, knowledge and experience of early-stage businesses
  • Experience in delivering early-stage business support events
  • Experience in delivering funded programmes with stringent reporting requirements
  • Established contacts in Peterborough and the surrounding rural areas with key entrepreneurial stakeholders (e.g. businesses, investors, supporters, mentors, academia and service providers)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • A “can do” and “go the extra mile” attitude
  • Eligible to live and work in the UK and fluency in English
  • Hold a valid driving license and have own transport


  • 3 years+ experience providing business support
  • Sound knowledge of, and commitment to impact innovation, impact ventures and impact investment and impact entrepreneurs
  • Experience of a business support programme using 3rd parties to assist in the delivery the curriculum
  • Prior experience of delivering 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, your salary expectations and whether you are applying for full or part time work. Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK. All applications should be submitted by 5pm on Monday 28th May 2018. Interviews will be held on Monday 4th June 2018.

This post is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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