Dorset’s dedicated business mentoring service

The Dorset Business Mentoring Programme (Dormen) provides 1:1 mentoring, skills development workshops and a mutually supportive community for owners of small and medium size (SME) businesses across the country, including Bournemouth and Poole.

Founded in 2005, we are one of the longest established mentoring programmes in the UK. Our exceptional team of experienced 114 male and female mentors represent a wide range of business and sector-specific expertise. They provide high quality, professional and confidential support to business owners from sole traders to medium sized companies across all sectors, types and stages of business.

By choosing Dorset Business Mentoring you will be carefully matched with a mentor to suit your need, you will become part of a community of entrepreneurs and business owners, and have the door opened to greater opportunity and 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. We serve all stages of the business cycle, but if you are in the early stages you may find this a compelling statement from 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 Dorset Business Mentoring programme and this clearly highlighted some of the key benefits to businesses and their owners – particularly in terms of helping them to develop plans and strategy, focus on priorities and pursue 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.

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, or someone to help you develop the skills and confidence you need, waste no time and talk to us.

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.

What does it cost? Thanks to funding from our local authority partners, we only charge a nominal all-inclusive administration fee for a 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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