Business Mentoring Initiative – Starts December 2020 Apply Today!
Mentoring offers a unique chance to talk with somebody who can help you navigate the challenges you face running a business. Invariably, your mentor will be an experienced professional who has already worked through the challenges you face.
That said, they are not there to tell you what to do, that’s still up to you. But they can use the benefit of their own experiences to make sure you’ve thought about the big issues you’re facing. The mentoring programme last for 6 months.
How it works
It kicks off with a 2.5-hour preparation session together with the other mentees on the programme. This will make sure you’re set up and ready to get maximum value from your mentor sessions. You’ll also get to meet other people going through the same journey as you. Talking to each other can be just as invaluable.
Then you’ll meet your mentor – with an initial conversation over coffee (virtually most likely). Things start off with a general chat, to find out about each other and make sure you get on. Having a good relationship is vital for effective mentoring, so if you don’t think you’re a good fit, either of you can walk away then, no hard feelings, and we’ll offer you someone else. Otherwise, you arrange 6 one-to-one meetings over the next 6 months to suit you both.
After 3 months we’ll hold another 2-hour session for the whole cohort. We’ll make sure everything is going well – look at some of the advice you’ve had, see how it’s helping the business and share the top ideas amongst the group – so you get even more input.
Then you dive back into the final 3 sessions, over the next 3 months, with your mentor.
We’ll hold a final workshop for the whole cohort to review the best ways to adopt the advice into your ongoing business plans. Again, it’s a great chance to talk to the rest of the group and learn from each other’s experiences. We’ll wrap up with some drinks, where we’ll be joined by some of the mentors, so you’ll get to meet some of the other experts as well.
We are thrilled to introduce this years business mentors. Once you sign up, we’ll assign you a mentor based on your business, industry and challenges to ensure you get the best help possible.
Mike Hawkyard – Founder – Gamebrain
Jonathan Clark – Founder and Non Exec – Bright Blue Day
Jamie Sergeant – Founder and Global CEO at Crowd
Laura Edwards – Co-Founder at Viral Talent and The Social Group
Sally Pritchard – Proposition Lead – Ordnance Survey, and Business Mentor
Sue Pilgrim – Non Executive Director at Tru Talent, Strategy Advisor and Executive Mentor
To ensure all parties involved in this process benefit, we ask if you would fill out the form below to give us a brief introduction to you and your business. Please note, once you have filled in the form, we will then need to set up a call with you to assess your suitability for the programme.
For any immediate questions, please email us at [email protected]
We look forward to receiving your application, and support your business development.