Our impact

Since 2017, Be the Business has supported thousands of small- and medium-sized businesses across the UK through a mix of free online resources and programmes, including our Be the Business Mentoring and Board programmes. In that time, we have seen real and tangible results.

business leaders have participated in our programmes
business leaders have taken part in one of our face-to-face leadership and management programmes
Over £350m
productivity uplift for businesses that participated in Be the Business interventions
Over one million
unique users visited our website

Hear more from our programme participants

Glider Technology CEO Stuart Bell


An advisory board helped this business focus and prioritise

Be the Business Boards helped Glider Technology focus and prioritise, and catalysed a funding round that has put wind under its wings..

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Kerry-Ann Taylor CB Solutions


We’re getting thousands of pounds-worth of expert advice for nothing

Working with a specialists through Be the Business Boards has delivered quick wins for CB Solutions in areas including recruitment and business continuity..

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Spice Kitchen founder Sanjay Aggarwal


This kind of help will categorically help you run a better business

We took a trip to Spice Kitchen's distribution operations to find out how founder Sanjay Aggarwal has leveraged outside support to improve both his personal management abilities and the company's business plan..

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We have a better strategy now and better ideas about how to get there

Enable Manufacturing encouraged its Be the Business board to challenge its thinking. The result is a robust strategy that is playing well with investors..

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I’m indebted to the board for their help

Helen Tanner’s company has embarked on a new phase of growth, after amending its sales and marketing strategy on the advice of a Be the Business board..

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It’s win win: the best possible outcome for both company and board

Advisory boards can have a powerful effect on small, fast-growing businesses. Enable Manufacturing is a case in point..

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They really took our challenges seriously

Working with a Be the Business board has forced the founders of Loom Digital to make time to work on their business as well as in it..

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You’re never too senior or experienced to give something back

After 40 years in automotive manufacturing and in government, Lawrence Davies is sharing his experience through the Be the Business Boards programme..

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It’s a way of paying back

When he took on a Be the Business advisory board role, Neil Douglas wanted to “give something back” – but there have been plenty of other benefits..

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The board gave me confidence in my decisions

Language school owner Val Hennessy is rebuilding the business after lockdown, boosted by the validation of a Be the Business board..

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Jenner Collins


Six heads are better than one

The Be the Business Boards programme is helping dynamic small businesses to meet challenges, manage growth and become even more successful..

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An incredible multifaceted learning experience

A driving force for senior leaders joining the Be the Business Boards programme is their desire to share their own experience to help small businesses to grow..

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Marcus Trofimov


The biggest benefit is their role as a sounding board

Buying out his angel investor just before the pandemic hit left Marcus Trofimov without his mentor at a crucial point in the company’s development..

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It has helped us deal with problems in a completely different way

Jilbruke and Jenner Collins have big plans, but their focus on engineering challenges had blinded them to the commercial aspects of their business..

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Anton Pergua, Holden Knight Education


In business, you don’t know what you don’t know

Having previously gone it alone and firmly embraced trial and error, Anton Peruga has discovered the power of having access to a pool of like-minded professionals through our Boards programme..

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Lisa Smith, founder of Ginger Bakers


There is nothing I wouldn’t want another person to see – even a competitor

Cumbria bakery Ginger Bakers has been through a rollercoaster of highs and lows, but now founder Lisa Smith is back on track and ready to build..

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Helen Tonks – Hydraulics Online


I’m sharing info with my advisory board that has never left the business

With 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..

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