Business Development Associate (KTP Associate)

Glasgow Caledonian University / Crear Space to Create Limited
Location: Glasgow
Salary: £30,000 - £38,000 per annum plus £6k training and development budget
Closing Date: 28th March 2021

This is a full time/fixed term opportunity for 24 months

The latest start date for this role is 1 June 2021

The Business Development Associate will be an employee of Glasgow Caledonian University but will be based at Crear’s Head Office at Woodside Place, Glasgow. They will also travel to the Crear wedding venue in Kilberry by Tarbert, Loch Fyne as required with regular supervision meetings with the University’s supervisory team in Glasgow.

Salary for this role is from £30,000 to £38,000 per annum plus an additional £6,000 training and development budget is available for this opportunity to be spent during the duration of the KTP.

The Role

The Business Development Associate will take a leading role in the identification and establishment of commercial relationships with external stakeholders.  This will involve the Business Development Associate developing a wedding tourism business partnership model, including finding appropriate sectors and partners and developing methods to market this to Crear customers and others. As an integral part of the Crear team, the Business Development Associate with support from the supervisory team, will engage in management reporting tools, processes and techniques and enable cultural change in the transformation of Crear’s business towards diversification into the wedding tourism market. Taking a customer centric focus the Business Development Associate will be instrumental in supporting the growth of this leading wedding venue, by developing creative practice to ensure Crear are more commercially agile to deal head on with the current challenges facing the hospitality industry. During this process the Associate will also be guided to generate high quality academic research publications and disseminate their work at international conferences and in journals.

The successful candidate will have an honours degree or higher in a relevant discipline.

The following attributes are also essential:

  • Good oral, written and presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and written English
  • High level of IT skills
  • UK Drivers Licence and access to transport
  • Commercial experience working with customers
  • Innovative and creative thinking skills
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-skilled team
  • Well organised, prioritisation skills, attention to detail and ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Strong interest in people and in delivering outstanding customers service
  • Self-motivated with an ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Well-presented and able to engage professionally with stakeholder groups
  • Enthusiastic with a ‘can-do attitude’ and willing to learn new things.
  • Common sense and ability to think on your feet

The post also includes a generous development budget for training, business travel and conference attendance.

Crear Space to Create Limited

Crear Space to Create is one of the leading wedding venues in Scotland. Crear has experienced rapid growth having gone from hosting 7 weddings a year to around 230 weddings per year, within just 10 years. This is now close to 1% of all weddings in Scotland. Its reputation precedes them as delivering a first-class bespoke service, taking care of every detail.

Crear is a one of a kind wedding venue with uninterrupted views to the Isles of Islay, Jura & Gigha, & the lighthouses of Rathlin Island. The ‘Crear family’ are a talented multi-disciplinary team who pride themselves in taking an innovative customer centric approach, understanding the individual needs of their couples and their guests. Crear offer two types of weddings, ‘Crear Weddings’ or ‘Wee Weddings.’ In addition to being an exclusive wedding venue, Crear also offer related wedding services through Crear brands such as Crear Kitchen, Crear Photography, Blooming Wild Crear Flowers, piping etc.

Whilst, approximately 30% of the wedding couples and their guests are from Scotland, there is approximately 35% from the rest of the UK and the remaining 35% from other countries and so Crear is in a unique position to engage in innovative business activities to capture the wedding tourism market.

There is a possibility that Crear Space to Create Limited may recruit the Associate at the end of the project.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership

This project is part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme that aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. Successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects are funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK and are part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. KTP Associates spend around 10% of their time in training and development and are offered the opportunity to gain a Diploma in Management. You will be employed by the University but your role will be based at the company. Many KTP Associates are offered a permanent role with their company at the end of the KTP project. To find out how KTP works and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position. Please visit: There are over 200 vacancies currently available at or search ‘KTP jobs’.

Further details on this post are available by contacting Dr Julie Thomson, Department of Management and HRM at Glasgow Caledonian University (

Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University is a vibrant, multi-cultural and modern university in the centre of Glasgow, and is placed amongst the top 50 universities globally (THE Impact rankings, 2020).  Our welcoming community of 20,000 students, from more than 100 countries, enjoy a wide range of award-winning support services and state of the art facilities across each of our campuses in Glasgow, London and New York.  Our University mission - with its commitment to the Common Good and core values of integrity, creativity, responsibility and confidence - is integral to everything we do.

As the University for the Common Good, we are committed to embedding equality and diversity, as well as our values in everything that we do.  As such, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates who demonstrate the GCU Values.

Glasgow Caledonian University is committed to a fair and transparent recruitment process that is free from bias so that we can attract and retain a high performing workforce which makes a critical contribution to our success​.

As a Disability Confident 'Committed' employer, we are striving to ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities. Although the Disability Confident 'Committed' level does not guarantee an interview for disabled applicants, we will make reasonable adjustments for applicants with a disability during the recruitment process

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