Dorset’s dedicated business mentoring service

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 one of the most established mentoring programmes in the UK, currently working with about 160 clients and, since we started in 2005, the programme has supported over 1400 businesses, ranging from sole traders to medium sized companies.

We have a exceptional team of over 100 male and female volunteer mentors who are experienced business people in their own right, whether owning their own business or coming from senior management positions.  All are carefully selected and follow a professional code of ethics. We serve our clients on a renewable annual basis providing high quality, professional and confidential support through any stage of the business journey, including developing exit strategies and planning for retirement and hand-over.

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 reviewing the impact of the Dormen programme, clearly demonstrated the 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:

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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.

By choosing Dormen you are also able to tap into the extensive range of specialist knowledge in our mentor community, network and 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.

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

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