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Created by North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP), 15th October 2019


Household names to support North East businesses through mentoring programme

A mentoring programme which partners North East businesses with leaders from large, multinational companies, is to expand its reach.

Be the Business’s Mentoring for Growth programme, which is being delivered by the North East Growth Hub, is providing opportunities for more North East SMEs to be matched with a mentor from some of the UK’s leading businesses, including GSK, Amazon and the John Lewis Partnership.

Colin Bell, Business Growth Director at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “The Be the Business Mentoring for Growth programme provides a great opportunity for local businesses to be matched with mentors from some of England’s most productive companies to share best practice, explore ideas and ultimately to support mentee businesses to improve productivity. 

“Raising productivity is a real challenge and as earlier adopters of the programme we are beginning to see the value and the impact the mentors are having on local businesses.”

Following a successful pilot in the North East, the North East Growth Hub is now accepting applications from business leaders in the North East who want to apply to the programme.

Mentoring for Growth is Be the Business’s flagship programme designed to connect business leaders from large, multinational companies with key decision makers and owners from small to medium enterprise (SME) organisations. This connection facilitates knowledge transfer, exchange of ideas, expertise and experience to shape the future direction of an SME. The experience will help deliver a step-change in business productivity.

Some 180 successful matches have already been made across the North East, Greater Manchester, Birmingham and London. This figure is set to increase to 1,000 by March 2020.

Be the Business is the business-led organisation created to drive up UK productivity and competitiveness. Led by Sir Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, Be the Business is spearheading a business-led drive to help companies across the UK improve their performance.

If you feel that your business would benefit from Be the Business’s Mentoring for Growth programme, or you would like further information, please email [email protected]. The eligibility criteria for SMEs across England is: a minimum of 10+ employees in any sector; £2m turnover and the mentee is a key decision maker within the business.

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