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Helen Lee


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Growth through Mentoring

Delivered by North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP)

The North East LEP recognises the importance of supporting businesses to scale - growing businesses are central to the health of the region’s economy. One of the key barriers which business leaders face when it comes to growing their business is the ability to develop leadership skills and access to mentors who have experience of successfully scaling a business themselves.

Growth through Mentoring brings business leaders from high growth potential companies together with these experienced mentors. People who have successfully scaled a business understand the challenges and are willing to share their experiences to help others as they grow their business.  

4 in 10 scaleup leaders cite mentoring as one of the key reasons they had experienced high growth - many of our mentors sought the support of a mentor as they grew their business and understand ‘first hand’ the value it can bring and that is why they give their time to the programme.

We know businesses that grow quickly make a huge contribution to our economy.

Supporting businesses to grow and scale is a huge priority for us at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).


Businesses experiencing rapid growth need to learn to cope quickly with changing demands, but many find it hard to develop their managerial and leadership talent while their organisations are growing so fast.  It can also be lonely at the top and having someone to talk to outside of the business, that recognises and understands these challenges, can be invaluable.


That is why we introduced our growth through mentoring programme – to give our business leaders from growing companies the opportunity to speak to someone who has been there and done it! 

All our mentors have experience of successfully scaling a business themselves and are willing to give their time to support mentees achieve their own business growth ambitions.


It can be lonely at the top and having someone to talk to outside of the business, that recognises and understands these challenges, can be invaluable.

Research has shown that small businesses that receive mentoring are 20% more likely to grow than those that don’t. In the UK, only 22% of small and medium sized businesses currently make use of business mentors and we want to improve that figure.


Could you be one of our Mentors?

Our mentors are entrepreneurs/business leaders that have significantly scaled a high growth business – if this sounds like you, we’d welcome a discussion.

The Growth through Mentoring scheme is open to business owners or managers with an established business that can demonstrate high growth potential.

Why should you work with a business mentor and how can it help your business to grow? Watch this short clip to find out.



Scaleup and grow: North East LEP seeks entrepreneurs for mentoring programme

Entrepreneurs looking to grow and scale their business are being sought for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP’s) Growth through Mentoring programme.



Mentoring success for North East company Blue Kangaroo

Since Blue Kangaroo was founded 10 years ago, the creative agency has secured contracts with clients including Disney, Pixar and Lucasfilm, resulting in a period of rapid growth for the business.



First business mentor appointed to new Growth through Mentoring programme

The North East LEP’s new Growth through Mentoring programme has recruited its first high growth mentor.

Andrew Silver, a prominent North East business leader, will be paired with a business leader from a North East company who has ambitions to scale up their organisation.



Both sides of the story: the mentor-mentee partnership

One of the first business owners to be matched with a mentor through the North East LEP’s Growth through Mentoring programme is Lucy Batley, Co-Founder and Creative Director of full service creative agency JUMP. Lucy was partnered with mentor Alan English who has extensive experience of working with scale-up businesses internationally.

We caught up with Lucy and Alan to find out what the experience was like for each of them. Read more here:



North East LEP appoints Mentoring Co-ordinator to help drive business growth

We have appointed Helen Lee to the new position of Mentoring Co-ordinator, to help lead a new mentoring programme for businesses with high growth potential.

The ‘Growth through Mentoring’ programme is being launched as part of the North East LEP’s drive to support companies to scale, helping to create more and better jobs and drive economic growth in the region.

For an informal chat to find out more about the Growth through Mentoring programme, please call Helen Lee, our Mentoring and Brokerage Manager.

Helen Lee

Mentoring and Brokerage Manager

North East Growth Hub

[email protected]

0191 338 7451

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