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Be the Business Mentoring for Growth

NEW: Rapid Response Cohort Mentoring Programme

In response to the Coronavirus crisis (COVID 19), Be the Business has released a Rapid Response Cohort (RRC) Mentoring Programme. This 12-week mentoring programme matches SME key decision makers with mentors from leading firms who can help to explore the immediate impacts, be a good sounding board and assist in rebuilding business once the immediate crisis is over. All interaction will be virtual (via video and standard phone calls), which will allow for more frequent, shorter conversations across the three months.

In order to help as many businesses as possible, the eligibility criteria for SMEs is set at a minimum of £1M turnover and 6 full time employees. A faster matching process has been adopted to get you set up with the support you need as quickly as possible.

New SME leaders who register on the RRC programme will have the option of continuing for the full 12-month programme following the completion of their RRC, should they and their mentor wish.

SMEs already engaged on the full 12-month Be the Business programme should continue with their existing mentors who will now provide support remotely.

Find more and register your interest here.

If you are currently engaged in the flagship 12 month programme, or you would like to participate in the 12 month programme once you have completed RRC, please speak to your Mentoring Advisor or contact

Mentoring for Growth programme

Now into its third cohort, the Mentoring for Growth programme helps small businesses benefit from big businesses. We’ve hand-picked a team of senior-level mentors who want to share their experience, sector expertise and best practice with you - and it’s completely fully-funded. 

Unlike peer-to-peer mentoring, our mentors are from big multi-nationals, like Siemens, GSK and the John Lewis Partnership. That means our programme is designed to focus on your needs:

  • sharing actionable solutions to growth challenges like scaling up, changing direction, entering new markets or considering big operational/IT investments
  • carefully matching you to a business leader who has the right experience to help you meet important goals and take your business to the next level
  • pairing you with a mentor that matches the expertise you need – as well as your preferred learning style

Checklist: is Mentoring for Growth right for me?

  • You’re a senior decision-maker with influence over the direction of your business
  • You’ve got more than 10+ full time employees and over £2m turnover
  • You’re open to getting advice and support to help your business succeed
  • You’re facing one or more tough growth challenges

“ Having an independent, emotionally-detached view of what’s happening, helps you to drill down on the important stuff.”
Mentoring for Growth mentee


Find more and register your interest here.


Find out more about your journey by downloading the PDF below

Your journey PDF