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Boost Growth Mentoring

Business owners can reap a number of benefits by working with a mentor. And through our successful and fully funded Growth Mentoring programme, you can have a mentor working alongside you, giving you access to specialist knowledge and experience when you need it the most.

What are the benefits of the programme?

  • Spend more time on rather than in your business
  • Support your business through change management
  • Increase your business knowledge and experience
  • Maximise your business performance
  • Improve your problem-solving abilities
  • Build your confidence
  • Develop your leadership skills
  • Widen your network of business contacts
  • Have someone to turn to in times of stress

What does the programme entail?

Growth Mentoring is a fully funded programme which matches a business owner or director with successful business mentor who’ll support you to tackle the challenges that you are facing in managing and growing your business. These challenges could include business planning, finance, sales, marketing, exporting or human resource management.

Following an initial review, we will identify your business and personal goals and match you with a suitable mentor based on your sector, personality profile and goals. These sessions are delivered on a one-to-one basis, in-person or remotely, at a time that suits your busy schedule.

The mentor will share their knowledge, experience and skills to help you develop your own Growth Action Plan. They will then work with you to put the plan into action and address any barriers that may arise.

Working with a mentor helps you take focused time out to work on the business, rather than in the business, developing a growth strategy and clear business development goals.

Our pool of hand-picked advisers have many years of experience have gained from leading their own high growth business. They have been there and ‘got the t-shirt’ and now spend their time helping those who are following in their footsteps, to achieve the same level of success.

We’ve already helped over 1,000 businesses to grow and we consistently receive strong feedback from our clients.

Our team of mentors have a wide range of skills and experience in all aspects of business with specialisms to ensure we match you with the mentor best suited for your needs. Whether you need a focused strategy or just someone to share ideas with, concerns or be a sounding board we have the right mentor for you. From recessions to acquisitions, with hundreds of years of collective experience within business, their experience and support to you really is invaluable.

"Tim was very helpful pointing out our areas of weakness and then we were able to prioritise and deal with most urgent matters. The key and main benefit of his mentoring was it gave us clear direction instead of ‘running around like a headless chicken’ and not achieving anything we now have focus."

Stephen Smith, Bridge Street Stone Ltd

Who is the programme for?

Lancashire-based ambitious individuals and SME* businesses more than 3 years old.

As the programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund some sector restrictions apply. Further details on request.

(*SME – Small to Medium Enterprises must employ fewer than 250 full-time people with a turnover of less than €50m or balance sheet of €43m.)

How does it work?

Contact Boost on 0800 488 0057 or complete the form on this page and a member of our team will contact you for an initial discussion.

We will book an appointment for one of our advisers to come out and meet you at your premises, a mutually convenient location or online via your preferred technology platform.

An initial review will identify your business and personal development goals. You choose how you want the support to be delivered – whether that is in-person or remotely, in more frequent, shorter sessions or fewer sessions that are more intensive.

You’ll be matched with a suitable mentor based on your goals.

Who delivers the programme?

This programme is part of Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub and delivered by The Small Business Academy, led by Nikki Hesford who is a multi award-winning entrepreneur, with many years of experience in mentoring business owners who aspire to achieve high growth.

Our team of business advisers have knowledge and skills across multiple sectors, including manufacturing, professional services, FMCG (fast moving consumer goods), food and beverage, finance, healthcare and more. We can provide specialist support in specific areas of need, such as digital marketing, process and infrastructure, sales, HR, IT, leadership, import/export, and many other areas of your operation that you may find difficult to navigate by yourself.

Meet the Growth Mentoring leadership team

  • Nikki Hesford, Head of Boost Growth Mentoring programme

    Nikki Hesford

    Nikki heads up the Boost Growth Mentoring programme. She is also a mentor on the programme, specialising in e-commerce and digital marketing, in particular, paid social including Facebook and IG advertising.

  • Boost Growth Mentor Adam Botterill

    Adam Botterill

    Adam specialises in sales and growth strategies. Straight talking and level-headed, he has extensive of experience in the construction, health and social care sectors, but works well with any business owner who is eager to grow.

  • aul Bury - Boost Growth Mentor

    Paul Bury

    Paul is an experienced mentor with a marketing and advertising background. He has facilitated the growth of many seven figure enterprises, helping business owners to map a clear path to growth with the necessary actions to achieve it.

  • Louise Owen Growth Mentor 2022

    Louise Owen

    Louise has mentored over 250 Lancashire businesses with a particular specialism in food & drink and professional services. With a strong business planning background, she’s the perfect mentor to help bring structure to your business.

  • Stephen Thomas Growth Mentor 2022

    Stephen Thomas

    Sharing the wisdom and experience of his senior level career, Stephen is able to help businesses with many areas ranging from ISO and compliance process, employee management, sales, finance and much more.

  • John Townsend Growth Mentor

    John Townsend

    John is a mentoring veteran with a strong network of contacts. Having sold his own print company for an impressive sum, he now spends his time helping the next generation of business owners up the rungs of the ladder to success.

“My mentor helped me find the confidence to ride the wave of Covid-19, empowering me to find different ways of thinking and new choices.”

Jackie Bennett Shaw, Marzipan PR

Our Growth Support Service team is here to help

Would you like to find out more about the excellent business support available to you? Or maybe you’d like to find out how we’ve helped over 8,000 businesses since 2013? Contact our team to start your growth conversation.

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