Be the Business
Our goal is crucial to the health of the UK’s economy. The UK lags behind comparable nations in terms of productivity. But, by improving the performance of small business leaders, we improve the UK’s position overall, and everyone benefits. We work with some of the UK’s most successful businesses to provide small business leaders with the support, resources, and guidance they need to improve their productivity.
We offer online support through our website, with business stories, action plans, and guides all freely available
Our flagship programmes provide tailored, in-depth support for business leaders
We publish research and studies from the frontline of small business, helping us to understand leaders and help them be more productive
Our campaigns spread awareness of the productivity movement, demonstrating the benefits of moving forward, and tackling information gaps and fixed mindsets
Read stories from some of the business leaders we have worked with
This mentoring opportunity is like gold dustWhen Glenn Bemment joined the Be the Business Mentoring programme he had no idea how much his conversations would help with his day-to-day job and personal development..
I’m sharing info with my advisory board that has never left the businessWith ambitious growth plans of 20 per cent a year, Hydraulics Online are using an advisory board made up of experienced business leaders to mark a clear route..
Being accountable was exactly the kind of challenge I neededAs a business leader who operated at a mile a minute, a mentor made Jo Scott accountable and encouraged her to slow down and look at her company objectively, rather than emotionally..
In 2015, then Prime Minister David Cameron asked Sir Charlie Mayfield and Sir Richard Lambert to review the UK’s ongoing productivity challenges – it was clear the UK was falling behind other economies, and something needed to be done.
Sir Charlie formed the Productivity Leadership Group with some of the country’s leading businesspeople and began a 12-month review of the UK’s productivity situation. The review found that the UK’s productivity levels could be improved by increasing the management skills of business leaders and accelerating the adoption of certain business technologies.
The review called for a movement, led by business, to tackle the UK’s productivity challenges. Be the Business is that movement.
Be the Business was established in 2017. Today, we are funded and supported by the UK government and a prestigious selection of Britain’s leading companies, including GSK, Siemens, Amazon, BAE Systems, McKinsey & Co and Accenture.
“This is a moment we cannot miss. For every business to raise its game and in turn transform our competitiveness as a nation. The productivity movement we are building is real and it's a privilege to play my part in it.”
Who do we work with?
We partner with well-known organisations to make sure as much industry expertise makes it into the business support we provide.