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The Cavendish Consortium is seeking a Non-Executive Director

25th September, 2015 No Comments


Vacancy for Non-Executive Director role on the Cavendish Consortium Programme Board

Fixed 2 year term

Click here for pdf of vacancy details Vacancy ad NXD0915 Cavendish Consortium


Business Sector

Professional Services – business

Role sought

Non-Executive Director



Time commitment

Up to 3 days per month


£10k per annum

Turnover experience



Role description:

This is a fixed term appointment for two years to sit on the Cavendish Consortium Programme Board.  The Programme Board will comprise 10 board members.  There is currently one vacancy to fill.

Meetings are generally held in London, with some in Nottingham, and all meetings are for a full day. Time commitment, including research and meetings is on average 2-3 days per month.

The Programme Board oversees an £8m government contract to deliver business support services to new and growing businesses, and aims to create 3900 jobs in two years. The Board will look at financial delivery, contract compliance, quality and evaluation.

The successful applicant will have turnover experience of £2-£5m, and must demonstrate a minimum of 10 years board level experience.  Experience in the provision of government contracts; delivery of national schemes; and the business support industry is desirable.

Applicants must have no business connection with the Cavendish Consortium Ltd, or its Partners*.

The post is currently vacant.  The first meeting will be held in November 2015.



Please email [email protected] expressing your interest to join the Programme Board, together with a copy of your profile.  Reference:  NXD09/15

Closing date:  31st October 2015


‘Enterprise connected’

The Cavendish Consortium is a group made up of six of the largest enterprise agencies across England, together with the National Enterprise Network. Its partners are amongst the most prominent not-for-profit social enterprises in the country, each with over 30 years’ experience. The Consortium has a reputation for working closely with a variety of organisations from the private, public and third sectors to achieve excellent results in business enterprise.

* Partner organisations are: Bolton Business Ventures Ltd (BBV), Business West, Enterprise First, NBV Enterprise Solutions Ltd (NBV), Nwes Ltd, TEDCO Business Support Ltd, and the National Enterprise Network (NEN).  They are all longstanding members of the business support community and are respected for their independent and impartial advice and their impeccable probity.


Give your business a sporting chance

4th September, 2015 1 Comment


The football season is upon us once more, bringing with it highly charged exchanges, passion and excitement.  Clearly football, along with many other sports is big business.

The spectrum of teams in the various football leagues provide a strong and relevant analogy of the way leaders and decision makers manage in different ways to achieve success to varying extents.

Take for example the Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho who is something of a maverick, perhaps the Richard Branson of the football world. His management style has earned him respect from across the globe. Arsene Wenger is equally respected and admired, but possesses a very different management style, much more measured and controlled. It’s important to remember that whatever the context, success can be achieved in very different ways.

trophy for champion

We often hear bosses, leaders and decision makers using sport as an analogy for business, regardless of the sector they come from. It’s true that sport has excellent attributes in terms of endeavour, team work and training but there is a point where the similarity between sport and business wane and the metaphor falls down – this point is innovation.

In essence, any sport comes with a strict set of rules that cannot be broken. In business however you can create your own rules. This is an area where more agile SMEs can steal a march on the large corporates who often have layers of bureaucracy holding up their decision making and activity.  Essentially innovation is simply having a new idea – or taking an idea that already exists and streamlining it to make it work better for your specific business needs.

Innovation is an extremely important aspect of your business; it’s what makes it stand out in the market place, prevents it from going stagnant, helps it to grow and drives prosperity. Think about what makes your business different, consider the following:

What’s your unique selling point? It sounds obvious but are you really doing things differently from the competition or have you found a niche in the market?

Are you thinking creatively?

Is there a part of your business that needs updating or simply isn’t working as well as it used to?

When we really think about it, a business shares many qualities with a successful sporting team but by leaving the rules behind and taking an innovative approach to any obstacles that may come your way, business can be rife with opportunities for the lateral thinker who can create new and exciting ways to deliver the products and service for their customers.

Written by Carole White, Chief Executive, TEDCO Business Support Ltd





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