Old Chapel, 1 Crossland Court, Czar Street, Leeds LS11 9PR
0113 244 2773

Cloth Cat is recruiting for a Business Development Worker

As a result of our successful funding bid to the National Lottery Community Fund, Cloth Cat, the Leeds based music-based charity, is looking for a Business Development Worker to generate, grow and retain business revenue from new and existing channels to promote sustainability within the organisation. You will also identify and write funding bids, contracts and tenders, as well as source other areas of funding where required to enable the charity to maintain and grow its essential work within the Leeds community.

Cloth Cat is an established grassroots organisation which works city-wide around Leeds supporting those most in need to gain control over their lives and find avenues into employment, further education and other positive activity via a variety of music based activities. We provide an exciting programme of activities and include the opportunity to learn a variety of skills and develop musical talent. 

We are looking for someone with a dynamic, outgoing and friendly personality who has experience in public and corporate fundraising, and a passion for working within the Leeds voluntary sector.

There is a job description and person spec here but for an application form and full supporting information, please contact Shelly on 0113-244-2773 or email shelly@clothcatleeds.org.uk

Closing date: 12 noon, 1st July 2019

Business Development Worker Job Description

Title Business Development Worker
Salary / Hours £27,358 pro rata for 15 hours per week (actual salary = £11,091 per annum). 2.75 Year Fixed-term
Contract. 15 hours to be worked
flexibly by mutual agreement, in
line with the needs of the
organisation. Cloth Cat will meet
all statutory obligations to provide a stakeholder pension scheme.
Reporting To Project Co-ordinator

In this role, you will be responsible for generating, growing and retaining business revenue from new and existing channels to promote sustainability within the organisation. Liaising with the Project Co-ordinator, you will identify and develop funding bids, contracts and tenders, as well as other sources of project funding where required, to enable the charity to maintain and grow its essential work.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement an income generation strategy to grow and diversify Cloth Cat’s income streams and supporter base.
  • Research potential funding opportunities and work with colleagues to develop, write and present funding applications and proposals.
  • Build long-term relationships with new and existing supporters and partners, including trusts, foundations, government and corporate bodies.
  • Prepare business plans for specific projects including budgets, cashflow forecasts and SMART outcomes
  • Promote Cloth Cat to the wider community
  • Contribute to producing GDPR compliant high quality research on individuals, companies and trusts for fundraising purposes, as well as sector and thematic research
  • Seek out and develop opportunities to grow and increase our networks in order to identify potential new projects and supporters
  • Provide regular reports to the Management Committee, with analysis of income, expenditure and project evaluation
  • Maintain comprehensive records of all fundraising activities and money raised
  • Ensure a strong online presence and print information for fundraising or business initiatives

Person Specification



  • A minimum of 2 years’ proven track record in a business development or fundraising management role
  • Experience of writing funding applications and/or project evaluations, or equivalent professional writing experience
  • Experience of writing business /strategic development plans
  • Experience of creating printed and online marketing and communications materials



  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel and Publisher
  • Excellent working knowledge of using the internet for communication and research
  • An understanding of where to access information relating to tenders, contracts, sponsorship and trust funding
  • Understanding of business and service planning, fundraising, budgeting and full cost recovery


  • A local knowledge of agencies, organisations, services and activities for people at risk of social exclusion



  • Excellent written and visual communication skills
  • Ability to present work and ideas to a wide range of stakeholders
  • Professional and friendly interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to develop and sustain strong networking relationships with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Experience of negotiating partnerships and commercial opportunities
  • Good analytical skills with the ability to identify key points from complex materials and sources
  • Ability to retrieve information quickly and accurately using a variety of sources
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise work under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work as part of a team, and on own initiative



  • Clear communicator with positive attitude and outlook
  • Patient, tactful  and empathetic manner
  • Strong commitment to the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Strong commitment to partnership working
  • Interest in professional development opportunities (e.g. training)
  • Enthusiasm for music and an understanding of how music can be used as a tool for  engagement
  • Willingness to travel for meetings and events
  • Willingness to vary weekly working hours to meet the needs of the organisation, including occasional evening work

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