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Current opportunities

Support for the Recruitment of Multiple Management Roles

Following the transfer from Birmingham City Council to an independent limited company the GBSLEP is looking to recruit several talented individuals.  The first phase of this will be the recruitment of several management roles.

GBSLEP requires support in this process, initially on a one off only basis but there may be the opportunity to extend the contract to cover future recruitment campaigns depending on the success of the outcome.

Due to the need to move quickly with this recruitment all proposals will need to be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 18 October 2019.  To reflect this shorter window the number of questions asked has been significantly reduced from previous invitations to tender documents.

A full copy of the pack is available on request.  Please email quoting “Support for the Recruitment of Multiple Management Roles”

Deadline: 18 October 2019 12pm

Past opportunities

Support the Recruitment of Non-Executive Directors

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership Limited’s (GBSLEP) are inviting tenders to Support the Recruitment of Non-Executive Directors.

The GBSLEP is seeking to appoint a number of new Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) to help it to achieve its ambition of enabling Greater Birmingham to be regarded as a truly global city region by 2030 – one that leads the world in innovation and creativity, takes full advantage of its global connections and promotes stronger conditions for growth.

This opportunity comes at a time when the Greater Birmingham economy has been experiencing a renaissance, with the LEP area being the fastest growing Core City LEP since 2010, growing by 20% compared to the average of 11%. Private sector job creation, the number of business start-ups and the quality of life are also on the rise.

GBSLEP has played its part in supporting this economic growth. Established in 2010, it is a partnership of business, public sector and further and higher education leaders, spanning nine local authority boundaries: Birmingham, Solihull, East Staffordshire, Cannock Chase, Lichfield, Tamworth, Redditch, Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest.

As a business-led partnership, working closely alongside public sector and educational partners, it has distinct advantages. It is able to take a private sector view of the supply side constraints on growth and provide a forum for demand and supply sides to come together to agree action, with success hinging on delivering interventions that bring about meaningful change, leading to sustainable economic growth.

Role Description
This successful individual(s) will join the other NEDs on the GBSLEP Board from across the private, public and educational sectors.

NEDs will be asked to lead on specific areas of the LEP’s strategy, subject to their experience and skill set. This could mean leading on a particular growth sector, such as advanced manufacturing or life sciences; or a theme from the SEP, such as skills or business support. It could also involve providing specific support to enable the GBSLEP to fulfil all its requirements as an active company.

NEDs will be expected to contribute to the three primary roles of the GBSLEP:

Agitator – acting as a voice for the GBSLEP area and using its influence to secure greater funding and powers from Government and greater investment from the private sector, both at home and overseas;
Enabler – bringing together existing partners and organisations within the area, providing support and guidance and resources to meet shared priorities; and
Commissioner – using resources directly aligned to the LEP, to invest in priorities that support the GBSLEP’s mission.

GBSLEP is looking to work with an organisation who has a proven track record of experience in recruiting senior Voluntary Non -Executive Director roles of the highest standards, ideally in high profile organisations.

The recruiter will be expected to deliver the following service:

• Refine brief for the roles, as necessary, with the GBSLEP Chair and Executive Team
• Communicate to a wide potential audience of candidates, using partner organisations to disseminate the opportunity where appropriate
• Identify and contact potential candidates to ascertain interest
• Promote appeal and opportunities of the role to contacted candidates
• Ascertain candidate’s enthusiasm for, and likely dedication to, the role
• Provide a longlist of potential candidates for discussion. Where possible, this should reflect the diversity (in its broadest sense) of the GBSLEP area.
• Provide a shortlist of recommended outstanding candidates, including short CVs

Phase Date
Undertake Tendering process 23 September – 4 October 2019
Selection and appointment of consultant w/c 7 October 2019
Inception Meeting w/c 14 October 2019
Advertising, search and recruitment 14 October – 1 November 2019
Shortlisting at Nominations Committee 4 November – 15 November 2019
Interviews and appointments 18 November – 6 December 2019

A full pack is available on request by emailing quoting ‘Support the Recruitment of Non-Executive Directors’.

Deadline: 4 October 2019

Developing Greater Birmingham’s Fintech ecosystem

In the context of an emerging Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) for the West Midlands and its own Sector Delivery Plans, the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), is seeking to commission the services of an independent, suitably qualified consultant/cy to create an ecosystem development plan for its emerging fintech sector.

If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to receive the full quotation document, please email 

Deadline: 22 July 2019 5pm

Provision of Media Relations Services to Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP)

GBSLEP requires media relations services to complement the work of a small, dedicated in-house stakeholder engagement and communications team. We envision this will comprise up to 80 days of media relations support to the business

Activities will include

  • Lead on press and broadcast media relations to include local, national and trade press aimed at building the profile of the LEP, and partner, activities and its influence on the economic development agenda locally and nationally
  • Lead on up to four large-scale proactive communications set pieces to include advising LEP on key messages, targets and publications to maximise both reach and targeting of communications activity
  • Crisis communications advice and direct support for significant events and issues where reactive comment is required and there is the potential damage to the LEP’s reputation
  • Strategic advice for key messaging in support of the LEP’s key objectives
  • Monitoring, collation and evaluation of all media coverage with a report shared with GBSLEP each month

We do not require specific support on social or web-based channels as this is carried out in-house. However, this may form part of the strategic advice for key messaging

GBSLEP’s key stakeholders comprise of the private, public and education sectors. For example, local government, regional and national businesses, business representative organisations, universities and colleges.

We are particularly interested in building our profile amongst the business community. Our primary audience is influential business leaders, key employers and groups of high growth potential businesses.

If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to receive the full quotation document, please email

Deadline: 12 July 2019 5pm