Dormen – Dorset Business Mentoring

Welcome to Dorset's dedicated business mentoring service!

Dormen recognises that running your own business has its challenges, whether you are a sole trader or more established. Dorset Business Mentors are here to take your hand, to support and guide you on your journey. Reduce risk, increase your chance of sucess whatever your objective and get in touch with us today.

If you are looking for someone with business experience, with whom you can confidentially discuss your business issues, review your strategy and how things are going, and act as a sounding board for your ideas, a Dormen business mentor is for you. Mentoring is universally relevant to all sectors and our mentors have an extensive skills spread.  If, at any point, your need is for someone with a particular experience we are well positioned to serve you.

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…

To see some more video examples of our work, click here.

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 mentors who are all volunteers.

Mentoring is one option open to a business looking for support. It may not be for everyone but feedback from our past clients shows that the majority were very satisfied with the experience of working with their mentors and found it beneficial both to their businesses and personally – particularly in terms of helping them to focus on priorities, reviewing business strategy and pursuing their plans with greater confidence. Indeed, independent research from the Federation of Small Businesses shows 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.

Mentoring is a relationship between two parties, where one (the mentor) gives the other (the client) guidance and support to achieve agreed objectives. Mentors use their business experience to help clients review their operations and future plans, and act as a sounding board. They can also provide encouragement and support to help clients achieve those plans.

Dormen Business Mentors are experienced business and professional people who give their time and expertise voluntarily. They are trained in business mentoring and kept up to date with recent developments in business knowledge and skills through our continuing programme of development.

If you are a developing business of small or medium size, a Dormen mentor provides you with help from a business person who has been there and done it! A business can be referred to the scheme by a recognised business support body, such as Business Link or a bank, or you can request a mentor yourself.

The programme has been developed through a partnership of local authorities, public sector agencies, private sector agencies, private sector institutions and Higher/Further Education establishments.

For more information, click here. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, click here.

Thank you for visiting the Dormen website. We look forward to working with you.

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