Accounts, Bookkeeping and Payroll


Tender Opportunity.  Closing date Friday 4th May 2018.

In the coming weeks Portobello Business Centre will be looking to make changes in its accountancy support.  Our need arises as a result of our current provider / practitioner moving away from the area.

We envisage the role be outsourced through an accountancy practice with contracted role for and estimated 4 days per calendar month.

Portobello Business Centre (PBC) is a not for profit, Social Enterprise, set up as a Company Limited by Guarantee.   The business is officially registered as a recognised “Enterprise Agency” and there are some specific areas of finance that relate to this type of Company.

PBC is a well-established business that has successfully provided business support to the new, young and micro business community across local and surrounding boroughs for a period exceeding 25 years.  The core purpose of the business is to support new business creation and stimulate the local economy through micro business support. Core services include the provision of advice, guidance, training, providing meanwhile office space and access to finance. More recently Portobello Business Centre has been heavily involved in providing support to the businesses affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower and has been acting as a gateway for compensation funds.

In keeping with our procurement processes our preference would be for a local Company to fulfil this role.  However of greater importance will be an understanding of the market place and business model and the ability to emphasise with our business aims and objectives.  PBC has significant growth ambitions and a solid working relationship with the accounts function is seen as instrumental in supporting the Company’s future development.  This includes changes to our own business model to further embrace the use of IT and technology.

The initial response should be to send an expression of interest titled Accounts Application to Prior to the closing date.  On receiving an expression of interest PBC will provide details of the expected function,  full details of our last audited accounts, our staff breakdown, and if required an opportunity to speak with the CEO.

PBC will move quickly to shortlist applications received and invite parties to interview.  Successful applications should, beyond the expected accountancy qualifications, be able to demonstrate experience, expertise and understanding of the “not for profit” sector.   Of particular interest will be the ways in which applicants can demonstrate how they might utilise the special dispensation Enterprise Agencies receive under the Financial Services Act.


Volunteer Receptionist


The Portobello Business Centre plays a really important role in helping businesses within RBKC to develop their potential. We are currently looking for a Receptionist who can give a good first impression!

Your role will involve the following: Receiving all clients and guests to the PBC. He/she is responsible for the effective distribution of all forms associated with client visits. He/she is responsible for all postal and FAX matters, receipt and distribution, and outgoing mail. He/she is responsible for all phone traffic via the central phone system. He/she will offer ad hoc secretarial service and work with the Managers in the general administration of data/bases, client records and files. He/she will be responsible for office photocopying, as required. He/she will ensure that the reception area is kept neat and tidy at all times. He/she will familiarise themselves with the ISO9001 Quality System procedures and ensure that these are practised. He/she will carry out any additional tasks that the Office/General Manager requires on an ad hoc basis.


Practical considerations
Required 2 Days per week. This role description may be changed at the discretion of the General Manager in reasonable consultation with the Receptionist. 

What we offer:

  • Full training on CRM & Phone System

  • £10/day for lunch and transportation expenses

  • Free entrance to all of our courses and seminars (following to the introduction period)

Free entrance to some of the biggest exhibition in London (following to the introduction period)

Start date: Immediately

Commitment: Part Time (2 Days/Week)


If you wish to be considered for any future positions as a volunteer, please send your CV and covering letter to:


Or write to us at: Portobello Business Centre, Canalside House, 383 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5AA

Or contact us: 020 7460 5050