Helping local businesses to grow with graduate talent

by | 17 January 2021 | Community Focus, Notice, Retford, Worksop

Small and medium sized businesses in Bassetlaw are being encouraged to work with the RISE business support initiative. One of the biggest challenges is recruiting and retaining talent, and finding the right people at the right time when growing your business. RISE can help by connecting you to talented, hard-working graduates.
RISE makes the recruitment process easier, saving costs, time and increasing your access to a wider pool of suitable graduates. They also offer business support tools, regular reviews and workshops to help you make the most of your graduate hire. A one off grant is also available for the first hire you make.
Since 2013 RISE has supported more than 400 regionally based SMEs to successfully recruit over 500 graduates. Many of these businesses have gone on to report increases in turnover, productivity, innovation and growth as a result.
RISE is launching a new campaign in January 2021 – so if you are an SME interested in growing your business and recruiting a talented graduate or you are a graduate looking for a great new opportunity, visit to register your interest.

RISE is delivered in partnership with Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014 – 2020.

RISE matches empowered graduate with scale-up SME

Sheffield-based Tribosonics (pictured above) use patented technology, engineering acumen, specialist expertise and entrepreneurial vision to solve industry problems that others can’t solve. Following a rigorous matching and recruitment process, managed by RISE, Ari Bastian, an English Literature graduate from the University of Sheffield, was appointed to the role of Strategic Partnerships Executive by Tribosonics in the summer of 2020.
Since joining the Tribosonics team, Ari, who because of this newly created job role stayed in Sheffield rather than returning to her home city of London, has been encouraged by her manager, Christina King, to think big and push boundaries. During her first three months in post Ari has managed the onboarding and creative output of a graphic design intern and spearheaded a major public relations drive, which saw the announcement of a £1.1 million investment to the business from Mercia Finance as part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.
Ari said: “It’s amazing to be part of a business that gives me access to so many areas. Aside from the daily line management support I get, I honestly couldn’t be happier that RISE matched me with Tribosonics and that they have brought me in and welcomed me to their team!”

RES Environmental find next top Modeller through RISE

Urban drainage and environmental consultancy, RES Environmental, specialise in hydraulic modelling, planning and risk management. Using digital technologies, this Derbyshire-based business creates hydraulic models that represent the performance of drainage catchments serving large cities, small building developments and everything in-between.
To fulfil their growth ambitions in this niche sector, RES Environmental must recruit to fill a number of technical roles and RISE is supporting the business to expand its 15-strong team with a pipeline of graduate talent and wrap-around business support.
Alan Ayris, Managing Director at RES Environmental, explains: “Recruitment can be difficult in this sector and there are additional challenges to interviewing and sourcing new graduates because we can’t dig into their past projects and technical skills in the same way that we would with an established engineer. This is where RISE came in and made a huge impact.”
James England was one of seven candidates matched with RES Environmental. Following a successful interview process, James, who studied BSc Geology and Physical Geography at Keele University, was employed as a Graduate Modeller. The appointment has breathed new life into RES Environmental’s expansion plans.