Business Blog

Welcome to our blog. Our monthly newsletter plus ad hoc updates linking your business to support, talent and funding opportunities from universities and business support organisations across south west England. 

  • Top Tips for making your job advert more effective

    Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    Here are our top tips for making your job advert more effective Make your job title meaningful It is what first catches the first click. Describe the role and field if possible e.g. Events Administrator in PR is better than Administrator. Stop hiding the salary By leaving it out you reduce the number of candidates who apply and make your advert less competitive. You might just miss out ...

  • Gradsouthwest Recruiter Update March 2019

    Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2019 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    In this March 2019 issue: Spring into action ~ Starting salaries, cost of living and disposable income~Spring Careers Fairs~Funding & Support for Graduate Recruitment ~Training, Funding Opportunities & Events ~ Spring into action It's mid-March and the spring graduate recruitment season is kicking off - so if you ...

  • Funding & Support for Graduate Recruitment

    Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 by Gradsouthwest Team1 comment

    Graduates offer many benefits to companies. A number of schemes offer incentives to take on a graduate to work on a specific project. Set up to overcome the barriers to taking on a graduate, most schemes are targeted at SMEs and a number are currently available in the south west including: STEM Graduates into Business aims to incentivise and support innovative SMEs working across Devon to employ ...

  • Starting salaries, cost of living and disposable income

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    Recent research has shown that average starting salaries in the most important UK cities for graduate employment are now averaging £20,000 – £23,000. Included in this salary band are the cities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Reading, Swindon, Southampton and Oxford in our patch. London pips them all to lead the pack at an average of nearly £25,000. However, graduate starting salaries do not ...

  • Green Consultant Internships

    Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    Are you interested in improving your sustainability and preparing for the future? The University of Exeter is pleased to introduce fully-funded ‘Green Consultant Internships’. The University are offering you the opportunity to host one or more Exeter students to conduct free energy, water, waste and carbon audits, for your business. You are also welcome to suggest an alternative sustainability ...

  • Gradsouthwest Recruiter Update February 2019

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2019 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    In this February 2019 issue: Want to recruit the class of 2019? ~ Spring Careers Fairs ~ Plymouth College of Art - Employability Skills Framework Consultation ~ Training, Funding Opportunities & Events ~ Graduate Migration Want to recruit the class of 2019? Act now to ...

  • Want to recruit the class of 2019?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    Act now to tap into the next cohort of talent! The class of 2019 become available for work in June / July. As final exams loom, you need to catch them now before their attention is focused on their studies. Follow our timeline to attract the talent... Feb / March - follow our tips to write and publish your recruitment advert March / April  - receive applications (for students, it's a nice ...

  • Gradsouthwest Recruiter Update January 2019

    Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    In this January 2019 issue:  ~ 2018 Highlights and Our Plans for 2019 ~ Are you a Devon SME... ~ Good Things Come in Threes ~ New research shows a surge in graduate jobs at the UK’s top employers in 2019 ~ 5 reasons a graduate will help your business ~ 2018 Highlights and Our Plans for 2019 At the begining of 2018 I talked about our plans to develop partnerships, enhance employability of ...

  • Gradsouthwest Recruiter Update December 2018

    Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

    In this December 2018 issue:  ~ Thank you ~ Christmas Opening ~ Good Things Come in Threes; Business Events, Funding Opportunites & Free Training ~ MRS wins... ~ Vote for a new free service ~ Free Places to Exhibitors at the Big Careers Event ~  Thank you Last week we emailed asking for support for our bid for funding for south west businesses, and we'd like to say a big thank you to all of ...

  • Support our bid for funding for SW businesses!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by Gradsouthwest Team4 comments

    We're working in partnership with universities on a bid to secure funding to help creative arts students and graduates secure better graduate jobs. A core part of the bid is funding towards the costs of hosting an internship; a salary subsidy so that businesses can benefit from a short term injection of creative skills at reduced costs. We're also looking at funding for mentoring, skills ...