Tuesday, May 19, 2015

News: Recruitment for Growth Hub

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Recruitment is underway for the "core team" at the Growth Hub - the clear model for coordinating and simplifying business support so that it joins up national, local, public and private business provisions across the Sheffield city region.

"The most ambitious, business-led Growth Hub in the country" is seen as central to the business-facing elements of the Local Enteprise Partnership's (LEP's) Strategic Economic Plan, which set an ambitious target of creating 70,000 new jobs in the Sheffield City Region by 2023.

£4.5m of existing Local Growth Fund allocation will be used to set up the hub which is then expected to be backed by £83.5m of European funding. £500,000 has been secured to pilot the project in the next financial year with initial work undertaken to assess what support is already available.

The head of Growth Hub will be responsible for driving the vision outlined in the strategic plan and "operationalising" the Growth Hub in order to grow the region's businesses. With a salary of £54,100 - £58,437, it is described as a strategically significant role and will entail working with senior officials in national and local government and the private sector.

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Designed by business leaders for business leaders, the Growth Hub aims to remove internal boundaries within the city region, so that every growing business gets the support it needs to thrive.

Growth Accelerator, the Manufacturing Advisory Service and other national services will be aligned with local business support through the hub, so that businesses get a joined up service which meets their needs. With one website and one phone number, this will include co-location, referrals, marketing, diagnostics, evaluation, customer acquisition and the simplification of local and national business support.

Other vacancies for the Growth Hub include policy and business intelligence officer and gateway and communications officers. A head of performance on a salary of £48,583 - £52,816 is also being recruited to focus on ensuring that the LEPs and combined authority's investments are developed, delivered and implemented in line with the approved Strategic Economic Plan.

The long term aim is for the Growth Hub to have a "core" of first line support and a pool of business advisors, allocated to a "patch" but managed centrally. The actual delivery of services to businesses is still set to be carried out by the different agencies focusing on aspects such as access to finance, export, innovation, and skills - the "spokes" to the Growth Hub model - but all brought together as one central "Growth Deal" for the individual businesses.

The Growth Hub is also set to commission products that are accessible to any business regardless of location, ending the postcode lottery of support in the city region.

£2m of LEP funding is set to be used to fund the small "core" of the Growth Hub up to 2020/21 and £2m is set to be made available to the "spokes" of the Growth Hub to fund activity.

Sheffield City Region LEP website

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