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Household names will support businesses in the Marches through new mentoring programme

The Hub News Team | 11.3.20

Be the Business

The Marches Growth Hub is working with Be the Business to bring the Mentoring for Growth programme to Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

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.

The programme matches ambitious small and medium-sized businesses with experienced mentors from some of the UK's leading businesses including GSK, Amazon and the John Lewis Partnership.

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

The Marches Growth Hub is responsible for identifying SMEs which could benefit from the programme and then matching them with mentors - selected by Be the Business - from some of England's most productive companies.

Yasmin Sulaman, the Marches Growth Hub's business support project officer, urged SMEs from across the region to get involved in the scheme.

'This project will make some of the best business brains in the country available to companies in every part of the region to help them drive growth, innovation and productivity.'

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, contact your local growth hub.

The Marches Growth Hub Herefordshire can be contacted on 01432 261758 or email business@herefordshire.gov.uk

The Marches Growth Hub Shropshire can be contacted on 01743 250526 or email marchesgrowthhub@shropshire.gov.uk

The Marches Growth Hub Telford & Wrekin can be contacted on 01952 567589

or email enterprisetelford@telford.gov.uk

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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