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


Starting a business with one-to-one knowledge from an expert

Tamayo founder Morin used Be the Business’ Mentoring programme to navigate the transition from employee to business owner..

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We Speak founder Laura North


I’ve built a road into the future

Laura North's mentor has helped her become more efficient and effective, freeing her up to concentrate on sustainable growth – and to develop a healthy work-life balance..

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My mentor helped provide clarity to get my voice out there

Christiana had so many ideas and so many questions, that she needed help to focus and prioritise. Sarah Clout helped her to do that and more!.

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Sam Marriott-Dowding


I became proactive, rather than reactive

Using the experience of a supportive business mentor gave Sam Marriott-Dowding the framework to work on his business, rather than just in it, and by the end of his 12-week programme he had won three new clients..

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Mildred Talabi


I’ve now got goals designed to be realistic and achievable

Utilising a mentor has helped Mildred Talabi solidify and flesh out her goals – breaking the big ambition down into yearly objectives that are bite-sized, manageable and achievable chunks..

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My mentor challenged me in a good way

While mentoring is a great way for business leaders to sense check the big decisions they have to make it is also very helpful to set a founding strategy, as Meena Anand found out..

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My mentor helped bring the jigsaw pieces together

While Jackie Dearden had the ambition to embed sustainable ways of working, it took a mentor connection to bring it to life and start seeing the benefits..

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Amanda Gordon Smartfreeze


My mentor provided a vital sounding board for my business

Amanda Gordon used Be the Business’ Mentoring programme to help get her business off the ground..

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Bethan Thomas – HotTea Mama


I’ve now got a platform for our next stage of growth

Bethan Thomas was struggling to manage her company’s rapid growth with a small team. With help from a mentor she gained a more strategic focus and delivered impressive results..

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Being the CEO of a growing business can be a very lonely place

Rapid growth and multiple opportunities might sound like a great combination for an ambitious SME chief executive. But Adam Watts, CEO of EFT Group, knows that having the right people, doing the right things, is essential for success..

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To have a business mentor of this standard is like a dream come true

When dance teacher Ella Mesma spotted a new opportunity, she sought out a mentor to help her develop the business skills she needed to launch..

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Mark Holden, Inn Cornwall


Shielding, but far from isolated from his team

Pub director Mark Holden turned to Be the Business when lockdown forced him to develop a new approach to leadership and communication..

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Jake Lavelle, JPL Flavour Technologies


My mentor’s experience gave me leadership confidence

When JPL Flavours started to take off, managing director Jake Lavelle realised he needed to take steps to improve his management skills and mindset..

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Mentoring felt almost like business therapy

Despite a career that included lots of great experience, Nicola Seferta realised extra support was needed in order to get stuck into a new role..

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Richard Wilde


We were suffering from growing pains

Growing a business requires adjustments to people and processes. Milexa managing director Richard Wilde brought in a mentor to manage the transition..

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Becoming a mentor


Could you be the mentor someone’s looking for?

Experienced mentor Keith Softly tells us all about how mentoring works, what’s involved and why he believes other senior managers should get involved..

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Joanna Swash, Moneypenny


Business books are no substitute for talking to someone who has done it

Anton Hanley is ambitious and eager to learn from others who’ve trodden a similar path. The Mentoring for Growth programme proved to be an invaluable experience..

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Rupert Cross


It’s been like a top-level coach working with a top-level sportsman

When Andrew Connors started mentoring Rupert Cross at the end of 2019, neither of them knew just what a challenging time lay ahead..

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