Dorset’s dedicated business mentoring service

The Dorset Business Mentoring Programme (Dormen) provides mentoring, skills workshops, and a mutually supportive community for owners of small and medium size (SME) businesses across Dorset, including Bournemouth and Poole.

Founded in 2005, we are the longest established and most experienced mentoring programme in the UK. Our exceptional team of 140 male and female mentors providing high quality, professional and confidential support to clients ranging from sole traders to medium sized companies across all sectors, types and stages of business. Dorset Business Mentors give their time for your benefit, sharing a wide scope of general business and sector specific experience whether having built their own business or working at board and senior management level for multi-nationals. It is the calibre of our Mentors which underpins our reputation as well as the evidence of the positive impact DorMen have for the clients engaging their service through the programme.

By choosing Dorset Business Mentoring you will be matched with mentor on a 1:1 basis, you can access specialist knowledge where needed from among mentors and you can benefit from our free skills development workshops. As a Dormen client you also become part of a strong and mutually beneficial community of entrepreneurs and business owners, and have the door opened to the wider business support network that operates in the region.

Mentoring is universally relevant to all types of business and can be both holistic and targeted, with benefits to both business and owner. If you are in the early stages of your business you may want to bear in mind a compelling statement borne of research by the Federation of Small Businesses: “70% of mentored businesses are twice as likely to survive their first five years as un-mentored businesses, and all businesses are more likely to thrive and grow”.

In addition independent research by the Winchester Business School reviewed the impact of the Dormen programme and this clearly highlighted some of the key benefits to businesses and their owners – particularly in terms of helping them to focus on priorities, review business strategy and pursue their plans with greater confidence. More than half the businesses surveyed improved their sales by 21.57% over the year with evidence showing these only increase the longer the period of mentoring.

However, every client looks to mentoring support for their own reasons. This is what some of our existing clients say about their mentors:

Want to know more about mentoring? Just click on the 60 second video below…

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With a mentor by your side 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, and to help you develop the skills and confidence you need, waste no time and talk to us.

What does it cost? Thanks to funding from our local authority partners, we only charge a nominal all-inclusive administration fee  for a whole year of mentoring. It all adds up to astounding return on invesment. When the question we hear most from our clients is ‘Why didn’t I do this before?’, the real question to ask yourself is why would you not want to feel the benefits as soon as you can?!

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