Realise your business ambitions with our transformative service

The Dorset Business Mentoring Programme (Dormen) provides accessible and transformative 1:1 mentoring and skills development workshops for owners of small and medium size (SME) businesses across the county, including Bournemouth and Poole.

Founded in 2005, we are the centre of excellence for business mentoring in the South of the UK. Our incomparable team of over 125 experienced male and female mentors are professional senior exective level volunteers representing a wide range of business and sector-specific expertise. Individually and collectively they provide high quality, professional and confidential support to business owners from sole traders to companies employing up to 250 across all sectors, types and stages of business.

By choosing Dorset Business Mentoring you will become part of a dynamic community of business owners who have benefitted from our service, and the wider business support network that operates in the region.

Mentoring delivers private and targeted support, whether that be for a desire to reinvigorate the business, to overcome the challenges of rapid growth or a changing marketplace, managing staff, or looking at a change of ownership and exit planning.

If you are in the early stages of business the Federation of Small Businesses offers a compelling reason for mentor support “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”. If your business has an established footprint and reviewing operations and strategy, or developing into new markets, we are able to match you with Mentors who have successfully undertaken this themselves.

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 at any stage of business – 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.

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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