Business Development Administrator - Apprentice

Closing date: 10.12.2021


The British Fashion Council (BFC) is a not-for-profit organisation existing to further the interests of the British fashion industry and its designer businesses by harnessing and sharing collective knowledge, experience and resources of the sector. Formed in 1983, the BFC is funded by industry patrons, commercial sponsors, and the government including the Mayor of London and the ERDF. It leads the industry through creative influence and is strategically repositioning British fashion in the global fashion economy.

The BFC encourages a culture which empowers, values, nurtures, supports and rewards its employees and promotes a positive environment with a focus on team collaboration and open communication.

The BFC is committed to being an Equal Opportunities Employer. Diversity, Equality and Inclusion. They’re more than just words. We are inclusive. We celebrate and champion multiple approaches and points of view.

We believe diversity drives innovation. So together we’re building a culture where difference is valued. Our commitment to inclusion drives us forward every day internally and externally.

Everyone is welcome, as an inclusive workplace the BFC encourages our employees to bring their true self to work and we commit to develop your skills and advance your careers in a culture of creativity.


The Business Development Department is looking for an ambitious and highly motivated Administrator to provide administrative support to the department to deliver designer support, events and initiatives across the year.

The Administrator will work with the Business Development Team to deliver the BFC’s designer support program of webinars, seminars and workshops, the Industry Mentor Hub, Fashion Business Network, organise initiative and education judging days, build and maintain existing external relationships, and liaise with the different departments within the BFC to ensure deadlines are met.


  • Support the team in the delivery of Business Development activity for designers on BFC initiatives, through webinars, workshops and facilitating mentoring
  • Support the team through keeping organised records of the above BD activity, for monitoring and reporting purposes
  • Support the team in the building and delivery of the BFC’s membership programme
  • Actively liaising with designers, sending out contracts, collating data, and being a day-to-day liaison with designers for BFC departments and external individuals and organisations
  • Work with the finance team to ensure invoices coming in are signed off by the BD team and sent to finance to be paid in a timely manner
  • Liaise with marketing team to create invites, event listings, social posts etc
  • Liaise with marketing team on the development of Industry Mentor Hub platform, and utilise the back-end functions of the platform to create reports for development and monitoring purposes
  • Manage the BFC’s internal database, ensuring the data is kept up to date (eg mentor contacts)
  • Pro-actively research opportunities to connect with external individuals and organisations to develop the network of mentors available to BFC Initiative Designers
  • Create meeting agendas, take minutes, and circulate minutes following team/department meetings
  • Provide team updates on Facebook Workplace to keep the company updated on department activity
  • Ensure the team’s critical path is circulated, updated and deadlines are being met
  • Represent the BFC and act as an ambassador at events
  • Ad hoc office and admin support
  • Support proposal process and update records
  • Project administration including updating CRM tools, calendars and project software.
  • Ad-hoc support including producing documentation as required.
  • General research as required.
  • To prepare presentations, reports, correspondence, and documents where appropriate
  • To ensure that any client, potential client, or referrer documentation/contact information, both paper and electronic, is organised and stored correctly and securely, in line with the company’s data protection policy
  • Researching any potential networking events, speaker opportunities, collaborative events in line with departmental BD plans
  • To provide support to staff responsible for the co-ordination of events

Requirements & Key Attributes - Skills & Requirements

  • Excellent level of written and spoken English is essential
  • Strong communication and exceptional organisational skills
  • Strong cross-functional and department partnership skills
  • Strong IT skills
  • Proven experience of supporting events

Salary & Benefits

  • Apprenticeship training delivered at your workplace to achieve a nationally recognised certificate
  • Competitive apprentice wage
  • Career guidance with opportunities for progression
  • Retail discounts
  • Discounted travel
  • 20 days holiday + PH
  • Wage: £14,000 - £15,000 per annum

General Appprenticeship Requirements

  • Must have the Right to Work in the UK (Valid UK passport/birth certificate, or Residence permit/biometric card - must have lived in the UK for minimum of 3 years) 
  • Must not be in any form of government funded education at the time of enrolment 
  • Cannot have achieved a higher level of the course the candidate is due to enrol on (e.g. university degrees in Business) 
  • Cannot have any open qualifications on Personal Learning Record (this will be checked by myself) 
  • If a candidate has studied their GCSEs or equivalent aboard, they need to have a NARIC Statement of Comparability to confirm that they have achieved their Maths and English GCSEs. If they do not have this, they will need to enrol onto Functional Skills alongside their apprenticeship course 

How To Apply

  • Candidates should apply in writing with a covering letter highlighting your relevant experience for this role, attaching your CV to, with ‘Business Development Apprentice’ in the email title



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