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We are HIRING!

Are you a confident and enthusiastic networker ?  Do you have better than average engagement skills and a genuine interest in the local business community ?

Yes? Then we’d like to hear from you!

We are recruiting a Business Adviser to join our team, to work across the Wakefield district, with a blended approach of working from home and our offices.

To be successful you will need experience of providing on a one to one basis, a mix of information and expertise that include, but not limited to, advice on business planning, access to finance and strategic growth plans whilst understanding the barriers faced by young high growth businesses.

Business Adviser Job Description

Contract type: Fixed term appointment until end June 2023

Salary: £32,000 – £35,000 – 35hrs/week

AD:VENTURE is a £22.4 million programme, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which will support new and young businesses across the Leeds City Region, helping them to achieve their growth potential. The programme offers a range of support including; grants, one to one advice and workshops, along with specialist support from our partners.

Local Growth Deal funded:

AD:VENTURE has received £1,000,000 funding from West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1 billion package of Government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

The adviser team is central to the delivery of support and guidance to pre-start and start-up businesses up to 36 months old, with growth potential and opportunities to create jobs.

Apply Now – complete the forms below and email them to

Equal Opportunities Form

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AD:VENTURE Programme – New Tender Opportunity

West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

The delivery of a series of business growth workshop for pre -starts, start-ups and young business as part of the AD:VENTURE programme.

The West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce are looking to engage a number of contractors to deliver a series of workshops across the Leeds City Region as part of the AD:VENTURE business support programme.

The AD:VENTURE programme provides ERDF funded growth support to pre-start, start-up and young business in their first three years of trading in the Leeds City Region. For further details please see:

The AD:VENTURE Programme is part funded by European Regional Development Funding.


 Contractors will be required to deliver;

  1. Virtual and physical workshops that cover the themes set out below. Physical workshops will be delivered at a specified venue, virtual workshops will be delivered via an online platform.
  2. Virtual Workshops are expected to last no longer than 1.5 hours, with approx. 1 hour of main content delivery, allowing 15 minutes for initial client registration and tech check, and around 15 minutes for client Q&A and workshop close down. Workshops delivered virtually may require two or more sessions to cover more in-depth content, where this is the case this will need to be delivered within a 7 day window.
  3. Physical Workshops are expected to be no longer than 3 hours, contractors will be expected to arrive at the specified venue at least 15 minutes prior to the workshop for set up purposes.
  4. Details of expected learning points and/or outcomes for participants. There should be a minimum of 3 learning points and /or outcomes. As a result of participating in a workshop an AD:VENTURE clients should have the additional skills, knowledge and tools to implement changes and improvement in their business. The contractor will need to provide appropriate resource such as; toolkits, checklists or action plan to enable and support client to achieve this aim.

Physical workshops will typically be delivered to a group of between 10-15 clients with a maximum of 20 participants (subject to room size), Virtual workshops will be delivered to a group of approximately 15- 20 clients with a maximum of 25 clients attending online, via the specified web conferencing software platform provided by AD:VENTURE. Physical workshops will be delivered in locations across the Leeds City Region. AD:VENTURE covers the following Local Authority Districts;

Harrogate, Selby, York, Leeds, Wakefield, Kirklees, Craven, Bradford, Calderdale.

Number and frequency of workshops required will be determined by the programme and subject to demand from and popularity with AD:VENTURE participants.

Workshops should be engaging and interactive, enabling clients to ask questions and apply practical learning.

Workshop Topics

We are looking for providers that are able to cover the themes identified below. We would welcome proposals that offer specific topics that address areas identified within each of the key themes.

Please consider the section below as a broad description of the kind of proposals we would like to receive, rather than a prescriptive list of workshop titles or content. We would like providers to use their own experiences of working with this particular client group to propose workshop titles and content that will appeal to and address the needs of AD:VENTURE participants.

Providers can submit proposals for any 1 or more of the themes, and outline any number of proposed workshops under each theme to address the topics identified.

AD:VENTURE participants will come to the programme with different levels of existing knowledge & experience of the business topics below. To address this, where appropriate we would welcome proposal that include workshops or workshop series designed for these different levels of knowledge.

  1. Marketing Your New Business
  2. Customer Management
  3. Making Sales& “Selling” your Business
  4. Funding & Finance for Business
  5. Staff & Developing your Team 
  6. Business Strategy 
  7. Website Creation and Optimisation

Tender Open Date

Tuesday 16th March 2021

Deadline Date

Your response is required by: 12noon Wednesday 7th April 2021

How to return your Proposal

You are instructed to return your documents by email to:

Emails must be clearly marked:

“Confidential – Ad: Venture workshop Provision Proposal”

 You MUST respond by the date and time indicated to be considered.

For full details please see the downloadable PDF document HERE 

Business Grants Manager

About Ad: Venture
Ad: Venture is a £22 million programme, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which supports new and young business across the Leeds city region to achieve their growth potential. The programme is managed by Leeds City Council and delivered and supported by a wide partnership of organisations, including local authorities, chambers of commerce, universities and social enterprises. The programme offers a range of different support including, grants, one to one advice and mentoring, workshops and events.

About the role
Ad: Venture is recruiting a Business Grants Manager to manage, lead and develop the business grants scheme Leeds CC administers on behalf of the Ad: Venture programme. The Ad: Venture grants team currently manages a scheme totalling £7.2 million which provides grants of between £1,000- £ 25,000 to new and young businesses in the Leeds City Region.

The role will be central to the delivery and on-going development of Ad: Ventures grant programme; managing and leading our team of grant officers, overseeing our systems and process to ensure high performance, and working across the partnership to ensure that our grant scheme provides an excellent client experience and meets their needs, while also fulfilling our commitments to funders.

About you

If you would like to discuss the role before apply please contact, Ad: Venture Programme Manager, Sarah Carling, at

This post will be part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the Ad:Venture programme.

We promote diversity and want a workforce that reflects the population of Leeds. Leeds City Council is a Stonewall Top 100 employer, a Mindful employer and a Disability Confident employer.

All new Leeds City Council appointments are made subject to the satisfactory completion of a six month probationary period.

Contact Ad: Venture Programme Manager, Sarah Carling, at to discus the role.

Closing date – 11 March 2021

Salary – £38,890.00 – £41,881.00 – 37 Hrs PW Fixed Term till June 2023


Ad:Venture Business Advisors

WE ARE HIRING – The AD:VENTURE programme is looking for enthusiastic and knowledgeable Business Advisors to join our team!


AD:VENTURE is a £22.4 million programme, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) The programme is delivered and supported by a wide partnership of organisations, including, local authorities, chambers of commerce, universities, and social enterprises.


We support new and young business across the Leeds city region achieve their growth potential. It’s great!

The programme offers a range of support including, grants, one to one advice and workshops, along with specialist support from our partners. We are recruiting Business Advisers to join our team, to work across the Leeds City Region Area, working out of both our offices and those of our partners.


We are looking for people who have a background in business, or have experience in delivering business advice and support.

The advisor team is central to the delivery of the AD:VENTURE programme, the main point of contact for new and growing businesses, and as an advisor you would need to have a passion for supporting people and business and seeing them grow.

Delivering support and guidance to pre-start and start-up businesses up to 36 months old, who will have strong growth potential with opportunities for job creation, advisors will be allocated a specific geographic area in order to capitalise on local expertise and knowledge, as well as building up strong local networks which are essential to supporting the business community.

Experience of working with growth start-up businesses would be an advantage along with a strong emphasis on support with business planning and financials, in addition to strategic planning. Advisers will assist the beneficiary businesses in accessing various aspects of the programme including a series of workshops.

In addition to having a sound knowledge of other business support solutions/programmes available both nationally and across the Leeds City Region, the ideal candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills to aid effective communication with clients and stakeholders and be expected to work to a high level to meet the programmes compliance requirements.


The roles are 35 hours per week, and £32 – 35K PA

Click here to download the full Job Description

APPLY NOW– Upload your CV along with a completed Equal Opportunities Form

Contract Opportunity: Office fit out / Furniture supply

Starfish Research are looking to appoint a contractor for the following works and services:

Partitioning of and construction of three office/meeting rooms and board room/ large meeting room. The supply of office furniture for the new office.

Full details of the contract, including a full specification and contact details can be found here: SPECIFICATION

The contract opportunity will be open for 10 days from 24 November 2020 until 3rd December 2020


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INVITATION TO TENDER FOR: Huddersfield Business Growth Programme

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INVITATION TO TENDER FOR:     Huddersfield Business Growth Programme


Providers are invited by the University of Huddersfield to submit a tender for the above requirement.

Please find below the ITT and instructions.

1. HUD-RAE-016v2 – AdVenture – ITT

2. Standard T&C for the Supply of Services

Please check and read the contents of the tender package carefully, ensuring that you have all of the attachments described above.

Tender submissions should be made electronically via the In-Tend system in accordance with the enclosed ‘Instructions to Tenderers’.

The return date for tenders is no later than 11:00am on 23rd October 2020.

Sales Portal Creation – Contract Opportunity from Pinpoint

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Pinpoint is a marketplace management agency. We are the only comprehensive marketplace management company in the UK. As a comprehensive marketplace agency we work with a handful of clients and manage their online presence on sites such as eBay and Amazon. In management terms we manage their full presence – from listing goods, to liaising with customers and couriers and dealing with refunds and customer disputes.


To continue the expansion of our business we are looking to automate a large portion of our workflows which would significantly cut our manual work time. A sales management portal would provide a platform where all stakeholders could gain access to the relevant information in real time and where our employees could create customer support ticketing workflows. This portal shall be maintained by Pinpoint and/or its representatives. Necessary software and licenses are to be provided to maintain the website. All licenses, if any, will be procured in the name of Pinpoint.


If you would like to submit a quote for this work, please read the full specification below, and respond by providing an electronic submission to the following email address: 

For any queries you can contact on 01924 444434

Please provide in your preferred format, along with a full and clear pricing schedule covering all required aspects of the specification.


The deadline for submissions is 30 JUNE 2020


Our sales portal will be a website centred sales management system integrated with our marketplaces. Some of the features of the portal are listed below. It will primarily be a closed network that will facilitate the access of live sales data for the relevant stakeholders. The Portal will have 3 main aspects to it. It will/be

  • A bespoke and professional website portal that will be integrated with our online marketplaces allowing our clients to gain view of live orders and download sales reports all from one portal removing the need for us to send over data manually or for our partners to login to each marketplace individually
  • Integrated with our courier partner couriers allowing for automated uploads of shipping labels and additional customer delivery details
  • Allow the creation of ticketing system which will allow our employees to delegate tasks and respond to customer enquiries all from one portal

Additional Specification details

  • Portal should have master admin access for Pinpoint only allowing us to reset user passwords and view log of activities
  • Portal should have UIM (user identity management facility)
  • Pinpoint will own the domain name registration of the sales portal
  • Portal should be designed in a way that it will permit stakeholders to view and download relevant and live data
  • Website should allow the users to upload, access and navigate the information easily. Stakeholders should have ability to create and save custom reports, easily share reports with others users and export reports to Excel
  • It should contain in site archive functions, filter options to maximise the search.
  • Portal must be compatible with all currently and available browsers and no plugins are to be required as default to access the portal
  • It should support users to print or email pages.
  • Broad design of the portal to be generic type and different types of categories of contents/user to be maintained by Web-admin with the facility of addition, deletion, edit, restoring and hide from public view

Huddersfield Business Growth Programme


Huddersfield Business School would like to procure and contract with an organisation to specifically deliver the third component of the programme; to deliver a programme of 12-hour business support and advice to 25 growing businesses within the Kirklees Local Authority area/Leeds City Region as part of the Leeds City Region Ad: Venture programme.

The successful organisation will be responsible for developing and delivering a programme of 1-2-1 coaching/mentoring and support to eligible participants on the programme.

As a minimum requirement the programme will have to deliver 12 hours of business strategy advice to each participant on the programme (the programme runs in three-month blocks with 5-7 SMEs per cohort over 4 cohorts).

The business strategy advice should build on the content of the masterclass activity and will focus on providing business relevant information and specific recommendations to support the development and implementation of a strategic framework for their business.

This support will likely be delivered on business premises, primarily within the Kirklees Local Authority Area but may require travel within the Leeds City Region. Support will need to be flexible to meet the needs of the business and resourced within the budget and hours available.

Relevant topics may include business planning, implementation, leadership, market intelligence or managing change. As each business will have different needs, the support provided is may include one or a mix of, the examples below:

  • A review of their current business plan and financial forecasts
  • A series of one to one meetings and follow up notes that provide advice and recommendations to formulate and implement an improved business strategy and growth plan.
  • Support for the identification of further business support to assist growth ambitions.

The successful organisation will be responsible for:

  • Making initial contact with the allocated businesses within 3 working days on confirmation they are eligible and have been accepted onto the programme.
  • Arranging a first meeting to agree clear delivery plan detailing actions, timelines and roles and responsibilities
  • Delivering against this plan on time and within budget
  • Complying with, and applying where required, ERDF funding rules and requisite paperwork. This includes attendance at an introductory meeting with Huddersfield Business School project staff, using appropriate funder logos on documentation and completing and signing required ERDF forms with the business as part of the evidencing and claims process (examples include completing meeting record forms, evaluation forms and output forms with pen signatures).
  • Submitting an invoice per business at the end of the 12-hour assist detailing the work carried out with that business and costs incurred.



To submit a tender please use the links below:

University e-Tendering Portal –

To access the full documentation, a supplier needs to register and then express an interest in the opportunity

Contracts Finder –

All correspondence and tender returns should be submitted via the portal.

Compliance Manager

Compliance Manager (AD: Venture).

Fixed term contract for up to 24 month (with the potential extension)

Grade – SO2 (£29,636- £31,371)

The Ad: Venture Enterprise Growth Programme is an £18m Business Support project which offers wrap around support to help new and young businesses in their first three years of operation. To date the programme has worked with over 2700 individuals & businesses.

The project is a partnership between Leeds City Region local authorities, Chambers of Commerce, Universities, the Voluntary Sector and West Yorkshire Combined Authority and is partly funded by the European Union* until 2022.

Having secured a second round of funding we are currently seeking to strengthen our programme delivery team by recruiting a Compliance Manager. This is a new post, and will play an important role in helping us deliver a successful second phase of the Ad: Venture programme.

The successful candidate will be responsible for managing contract compliance across the Ad: Venture programme, ensuring that the project meets a range of contractual obligations, while fulfilling its overall objective of supporting new and young businesses to grow and prosper.

The positon represents an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated individual with; an interest in helping businesses in the Leeds city region grow; experience in a project or programme management role and an understanding of how to work with a diverse partnership to deliver systems and processes that work better. You should also have a good working knowledge of ERDF Regulation as they apply to business support projects.

We are looking for an individual who is a good team player but also has the confidence and ability to work and lead on their own initiative – often working to tight deadlines, ideally with some experience of working with or developing information management systems.

The post is offered on a fixed term basis for an initial period of up to 24 months – with the potential for extension. The post holder will be based in Leeds City Centre but with regular travel to Ad: Venture partners across the Leeds City Region.

For more information please contact Sarah Carling, Ad: Venture Programme Manager –

As this is a fixed term position secondments from partner organisations would be welcome. If applying as a secondment please seek the approval of an appropriate senior manager before applying for the post.

Applications should be submitted no later than 6th Oct, 2019.

* On the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union project funding currently provided by the EU is subject to a Treasury guarantee.

We promote diversity and want a workforce that reflects the population of Leeds. Leeds City Council is a Stonewall Top 100 employer, a Mindful employer and a Disability Confident employer.

All new Leeds City Council appointments are made subject to the satisfactory completion of a six month probationary period.


Tender for the Ad:Venture Accelerator Programme 2020

Tender for the Ad:Venture Accelerator Programme 2020

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council (CBMDC) wishes to continue the success of the Northern MAX accelerator programme by launching Northern MAX 3 in early 2020, the third programme in as many years.  Northern MAX is an intensive business support programme delivered in Bradford to serve digital technology start-up businesses based in the Leeds City Region.

As such, CBMDC is inviting submissions from Service Providers to deliver an accelerator programme with a digital technology sector focus to a third cohort.

Northern MAX 3 will form part of the Leeds City Region European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Ad:Venture programme which will deliver a programme of activity to enhance the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises until March 2022.

CBMDC is a partner in the Leeds City Council led Ad:Venture consortium of Local Authorities, Chambers of Commerce, the Princes Trust and the Universities within the Leeds City Region.  The Ad:Venture programme targets pre start-ups and businesses to 3 years trading, identified as having high growth potential, with the propensity to create jobs, trading predominantly business to business and is available to most business sectors. The package of support includes; expert mentoring, events and workshops, finance brokerage, grants, business incubator space, one to one consultancy projects and peer to peer learning.

The successful bidder will work closely with the CBMDC Digital Enterprise Advisor to support the delivery of a successful Northern MAX 3 accelerator programme.  The Digital Enterprise Advisor will provide ongoing support to businesses following the completion of the Northern MAX 3 programme. The successful bidder will also be expected to liaise with the Ad:Venture core programme team based in Leeds regarding marketing, ERDF compliance and documentation.

The Accelerator Programme will be 50% funded by ERDF and 50% funded by CBMDC.  The contract will be between CBMDC and the successful bidder.

For full details and submission guidance please CLICK HERE