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Funding for SMEs to recruit a marketing graduate and receive marketing consultancy

NTU is offering financial support to SMEs in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire who are keen to enhance their marketing capabilities, and are looking to recruit a graduate with those relevant skill sets.

Jacqueline Pearson
Jacqueline Pearson, marketing expert

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We understand that businesses need to evolve, adapt quickly to continue to thrive in a changing economic climate, and may not have the expertise they need. Therefore, we have created a unique package of support which is at no cost to the business.

The support package

  • A grant to fund 20% of a graduate's salary for up to 12 months. The graduate can be from NTU or another university providing that they have graduated within the last three years. This enables businesses to diversify and broaden their graduate talent pipeline.
  • Support with the recruitment process and advice around virtual onboarding.
  • Fully funded consultancy from an NTU marketing expert from the award-winning Nottingham Business School. This includes brand strategy, reaching new customer and markets, marketing new products and services, customer insight analysis, and evaluating marketing methods to optimise profitability.

What a graduate can bring to your business

  • Fresh ideas and new perspectives
  • Initiative and adaptability
  • Ambition and drive
  • The latest digital skills and knowledge that employers need

About the academic

Jacqueline Pearson is a business owner operating as a specialist in brand building and management.

She is a skilled strategic marketer with commercial astuteness and experience of maximising the awareness, sales, and profitability of recognised, brands.

She has worked with global brands on product development and management of the product lifecycle, exporting to new countries and developing and implementing strategic marketing plans.

Who is eligible?

  • Most SMEs operating in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
  • Minimum of 5, but less than 250 employees.
  • Annual turnover under EUR 50 million or annual balance sheet less than EUR 43 million.

(NB: if you do not meet the above criteria or are unsure, please contact us regardless as we may be able to signpost you to other support available)

Want to discuss in more detail?

Please contact Daniel Harrison-Buckley, Business Services Consultant:

Please also visit the Productivity Through Innovation webpage for more information, and real life examples of how this project has helped businesses improve their productivity.

This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Funding for SMEs to recruit a marketing graduate and receive marketing consultancy

Published on 21 January 2022
  • Category: Business

Still need help?

Productivity Through Innovation team
0115 848 4866