Later this year Sevenoaks District Council will be launching a new business hub and business support service in Swanley. New premises are currently under construction and will offer bespoke, state-of the-art, co-working facilities. This will be our first co-working hub in Sevenoaks District, which will also offer business support services to new and existing ventures wanting to grow in a district that has so much more to offer and is in close proximity to London. We have exciting plans to work collaboratively with other hubs and business support organisations to ensure businesses, especially start-ups are provided with space and opportunity.
Armed with a new economic development strategy, an approved UKSPF investment plan and refreshed partnership in West Kent, the Council has created two new roles (Business Hub Manager and Hub Assistant) to start-off our new hub in Swanley and business support service in the district. Both roles will initially be based at our Council office in Sevenoaks, primarily to tweak the hub business plan and start with its implementation and marketing. Once the new premises are ready, both posts will be based in Swanley with occasional meetings required at the Council offices.
As the Business Hub Manager, you will promote an environment that supports business development and business start-ups. You’ll implement and develop the Hub’s business plan and ensure the Hub runs efficiently.
You will oversee the day-to-day management of the Hub and organise an events programme based upon the member’s needs and link in with the wider business support community to ensure businesses and entrepreneurs are effectively supported.
You will also develop a wider business hub strategy to explore the feasibility of additional sites across the District and how they might be integrated with business support programmes and initiatives. This will require attending business to business events and meeting partners across the District so a driver’s license will be required.
You will have excellent communication and negotiation skills and will need to have a .good understanding and track record of what is needed to support businesses to grow. An understanding of the private business sector, imperatives and pressures that small businesses face, together with a good understanding of the economic development landscape will stand you in good stead.
If you are committed to developing businesses and promoting economic growth, then we would love to hear from you.
Do you want to know more about the role?
Please contact Chris Burchell, Economic Development & Programme Manager, on 01732 227136 for an informal discussion about the role.
Do you want to ensure you have the best chance of being shortlisted?
Read the Job Description and Personal Specification attached to the role and ensure that your supporting statement explains how you meet the essential requirements.
Closing date: 17th August 2022
Interviews: 24th August 2022