Current Vacancies

Entrepreneurs Champion

Create on the Square is looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated volunteer to take responsibility for our work with local entrepreneurs. The aim is for a champion to inspire grassroots entrepreneurs to realise their potential and to work with relevant agencies to create a healthy environment for entrepreneurs to thrive.

 

Create on the Square Background

Create on the Square emerged out of the desire of local Cheltenham West residents to fire up positive change in our community. In 2016, we converted a formerly disused retail unit on Coronation Square into a coworking-friendly Tea Bar, as a base for encouraging creative enterprise in the area.

We have supported a variety of projects geared towards promoting entrepreneurialism, including:

  • Pop-up Shops - where small businesses are given space at Create for a fortnight to sell their products directly to the public
  • Pitch for Possibility - a competition for social entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to help others and win £500 to put them into action
  • Wednesday Workshops - workshops on useful topics for growing businesses
  • Square Networking - monthly networking event
  • Pop-up Cafe - for people looking to start a catering business to try it out from the Tea Bar

Create on the Square is managed by Cheltenham Coworking CIC, a not-for-profit social enterprise. There are currently 2 unpaid directors and 1 further director, who is employed full-time as the Create team coach. There is 1 other full-time employee and approximately 20 part-time volunteers.

Entrepreneurs Champion Profile

Our belief is that there are many people in our Cheltenham West community who have the potential to start and grow new businesses. We believe they are more likely to succeed in that with some encouragement from Create, under the guidance of the Entrepreneurs Champion.

Key Responsibilities

  • Engage with local (potential) entrepreneurs and identify their needs & potential
  • Network with local businesses, business networking groups and organisations working in this sector, to identify opportunities for entrepreneurs
  • Collate and prioritise a backlog of ideas to meet the needs, and encourage the potential, of local entrepreneurs
  • Motivate and guide people to execute projects that implement backlog ideas
  • Ensure the Create projects are sustainable, through guiding self-funding activities and sourcing funding streams
  • Collect and analyse metrics on how well projects are runing and report on these to Pivot or Persevere meetings (every 4mths)
  • Coordinate with the Create team (including those working on non-entrepreneur projects), team coach and directors
  • Ensure Create projects are aligned with the Create vision and values, through influencing and guiding project activity

Required Attributes

  • Able to motivate and envision others
  • Self-starter who enjoys running their own schedule
  • Enthusiastic networker
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to identify potential in people and situations

Desirable Attributes

  • Experience of running a business
  • Knowledge of business networks/organisations in Gloucs
  • Knowledge of business startup principles

Benefits

  • Freedom to exploit your talents and experience in a social enterprise context for the benefit of others
  • Free tea/coffee and discount on other products at the Tea Bar
  • Potential to create a sustainable income for yourself (if desired)

Hours

To suit, but we envisage at least 1 day per week

Location

Variable, but dropping into Create on the Square regularly will be helpful

Pay

Unpaid, but reasonable expenses will be covered, eg to travel to events

To apply for the role or for more details, please contact Pete George