In business, making the right calls at the right time is easier said than done. One proven way of increasing your chances of driving effective change is to use what has already worked in another successful business and adapt it to work in your own company.
At Be the Business we’ve hand-picked a team of senior-level mentors who want to share their experience, sector expertise and best practice with British small and medium-sized enterprises. And it’s completely fully-funded.
Unlike peer-to-peer mentoring, our mentors are from big multinationals, such as Siemens, GSK and the John Lewis Partnership. That means our programme is designed to focus on needs such as: tackling real challenges like IT investment or exporting, matching with the right experience set and pairing personalities that can work together.
Our impact so far
experienced mentors on the programme
mentor relationships established
satisfaction with the programme
How Mentoring for Growth works
Mentors are sourced from some of Britain's leading firms
SMEs need to have ten or more full-time employees and an annual turnover of at least £2m
Mentors and mentees go through rigorous pairing process to ensure long-term compatibility
Mentor pairings last for a year
Throughout the programme help is on hand to help pairings make the most out of the experience
Once finished SMEs get access to a group of like-minded business leaders
Hear from some of our Mentoring for Growth programme participants
A Siemens business mentor re-united our family firm behind the same vision
With the third generation at family firm Carrs Pasties not finding things straightforward, mentoring turned out to be the experience-based support needed.
I knew marketing, but finance and logistics were way out of my comfort zone
He is a marekting expert, but a mentor gave fitness brand owner Mark Robinson the finance and logistics help required for his business to reach new heights.
My mentor’s experience gave me leadership confidence
A mentor helped Jake Lavelle transition from being the creative driving force behind his busines to one more befitting of his managing director status.
Our supporting partners
Well-known firms from around the UK are providing experienced mentors to the programme
"A massive positive from being part of the programme is that we have had our best year for over a decade. We achieved last year’s turnover in 11 months and have made a profit for the year."
MD, LG Davis
Discover how mentoring can be so transformational
A business mentor gave me a sounding board for my ideas and decisions
A business mentor may seem formal, expensive or out of reach, but there have never been more opportunities to access an experienced individual to bounce ideas off in times of need and drive effective change.
A look at the management style changes made by successful business leaders
Whether they realise it or not, leaders in everything from business to sport have a management style. What separates the best from also rans is the ability to change this style as the environment around them evolves.
Making sure outside business influences drive business performance
The rapid pace of technological development means companies need to innovate to stay ahead. Tapping into outside business influences is essential to this process and can have a direct impact on company performance.
"Mentoring for Growth has given my business access to high-quality expertise that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. Having an independent, emotionally-detached view of what is happening helps you to drill down on the important stuff."
See how we match our mentor pairs
Focused on sharing actionable solutions to real problems, the programme carefully matches business leaders with the right experience to help meet important goals with SMEs wanting to reach the next level.
Interested in becoming a mentee?
Visit our dedicated registration page where our delivery partner, The Growth Company, will guide you through the process to check suitability.
Think you have the right experience to become a mentor?
Join Mentoring for Growth today and find out how your background could help a UK SME reach the next level.
Mentoring for Growth in action
See how the programme comes to life at our events