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Huddersfield Business Growth Programme

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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.

 

HOW TO APPLY

To submit a tender please use the links below:

University e-Tendering Portal – https://www.in-tendhost.co.uk/universityofhuddersfield/aspx/Tenders/Current

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

Contracts Finder – https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/096dedf8-607f-4c02-ad44-5c308811ce11?p=1

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

Ambitious Yorkshire tech firm expands with six new recruits

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Huddersfield-based tech firm, yboo, have recruited six new staff as the company continues its ambitious growth strategy to bring the money saving app to 60 million  smartphone users in the UK.

Loren Birkett, Keely Robinson, Josh Hoyle, Helen Cullinane, Mike Constantinou and Phil Kershaw all join the firm to raise the profile of yboo in the UK and launch a range of new features within the app to help consumers understand more and get the right mobile deal for them.

New features include detailed signal strength measurements where users live, work and hang out and rewards for sharing yboo or switching networks via yboo.

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Loren, A graduate of Huddersfield University, joins as Social Media Manager.  Loren will be delivering campaigns to ensure yboo is able to listen to and understand what Consumers want and need.  This will drive the launch of new yboo products in Q1 of 2019.

Keely, a graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University, joins as Affinity and Affiliate Campaign Manager.  Keely will be focusing on delivering yboo Social Responsibility activity including working with schools to ensure families without broadband have access to yboo mobile broadband devices.

Josh joins as Project Developer, is leading a website redesign and leading yboo outreach to Consumers raising the profile of the yboo brand both Nationally and Internationally as yboo moves into new markets and new verticals, while Helen, who has 20 years’ experience in the telecoms industry, joins as Head of Delivery. Helen will be responsible for implementing a governance structure and ensuring people, processes and technology come together elegantly to support yboo growth.

Mike and Phil are talented developers with passion for solving real problems using cutting edge technology to process and understand millions of events and bring real value to Consumers and Mobile Operators alike.

Founder and CEO Martyn Gould said of yboo’s new recruits: “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Loren, Keely, Josh, Helen, Mike and Phil to the yboo team. Each person brings something different, new skills and new views.   We now have a great blend of experience and talented youth as yboo continues its rapid ascendancy.

yboo is the only product that recommends on price and service quality saving the average Consumer £156/year with zero effort.  We compare 300,000 deals across the whole of the UK market in seconds giving Consumers real benefit and matching them to the best deal based on their unique usage pattern and behaviour.

The firm continues to recruit for additional staff to support its future development strategy which includes the delivery of an insight portal launching in early November. The portal enable will provide anonymised data to enable mobile network operators to fix blackspots in network coverage and build dynamic products to bring better value to the consumers they wish to target.

Growth grant supports relocation for ambitious PR firm

Business Growth Grants

Up and coming marketing consultancy KC Communications have accessed the AD:VENTURE business support programme to get help towards a move to new premises by successfully securing a grant towards their refurbishment costs.

Formed in 2014 KC Communications, based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire has achieved significant growth since starting up, and were ready for the next step in their expansion plans.

Founder and director of KC Communications, Katrina Cliffe had started her career at 15 as a marketing apprentice and found she had a love for the industry. As she continued her career path after having children, she wanted greater flexibility, but remained ambitious.

“When I started out, I had spent 5 ½ years working for a tech organisation, working from home, they were based in Dublin and I travelled internationally. I had no local business contacts whatsoever, yet in my first month of establishing the business I had 4 clients on board”

Fast forward two and a half years and in a short time, Katrina had grown her team to 5, but faced a classic challenge for a thriving new business… they were rapidly outgrowing their space as they expanded and needed solutions to give them room to grow.