Welcome to Dorset’s dedicated business mentoring service

Dormen recognises that running and developing your own business has its challenges as well as rewards. It requires a wide range of knowledge and skills, many of which you will need to develop during the course of your journey.  Dorset Business Mentors are here to come alongside, to support and guide, and to help you develop the skills you require to fulfill your aims and potential.

With a mentor's support your chances of achieving your goals and overcoming challenges are greatly increased, while risk is reduced. So if you are looking for high quality, professional and confidential support whether that is a constructive and impartial sounding board to discuss your business issues with, to develop and review your strategy and operation, to support you during development or even help you plan your exit strategy, waste no time and talk to us.

The Dorset Business Mentoring Programme (Dormen) provides one-to-one mentoring support, skills workshops, and a mutually supportive community for small businesses across Dorset, including Bournemouth and Poole. We are working with about 160 clients at the moment and, since it started in 2005, the programme has supported over 1400 businesses, ranging from sole traders to medium sized companies. We currently have a team of over 100 male and female volunteer mentors who are experienced business people in their own right, and who are carefully selected and trained.

Mentoring is applicable to all types of business and by choosing Dormen you are able to tap into the extensive range of specialist knowledge in our mentor community, gain from your fellow community of entrepreneurs and business owners, as well as benefit from our links with wider business support network that operates in the region.

To cap it all, independant research on the impact of Dormen mentoring clearly demonstrated the benefits to businesses and their owners  – particularly in terms of helping them to focus on priorities, to review business strategy and pursue their plans with greater confidence. Indeed, the research evidenced that more than half the businesses surveyed improved their sales by an impressive 21.57%. Add to this research carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses showed that 70% of mentored businesses are twice as likely to survive their first five years than un-mentored businesses and all businesses are more likely to thrive and grow. 

So what does it cost? Thanks to funding from our local authority partners, we only charge a nominal administration fee all-inclusive for a whole year of mentoring. It all adds up to astounding return on invesment. The real question is why would you not want to reap the rewards?

However, don't just take it from us. This is what some of our existing clients say about their mentors:

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Thank you for visiting the Dormen website. Please look around for more information about mentoring in general and Dormen's besoke service, ready to be the secret of your success. We look forward to hearing from you.

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