North East entrepreneurs sought for regional mentoring programme

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Entrepreneurs looking to grow and scale their business are being sought for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Growth through Mentoring programme.

Six months after launching, a bank of experienced North East business leaders are ready and waiting to act as mentors for business owners keen to learn from others’ experiences.

Companies experiencing rapid growth or rapid growth potential need to learn to cope quickly with changing demands, but many find it hard to develop their managerial and leadership talent while their organisations are growing so fast.

It can also be lonely at the top and having someone to talk to outside of the business, that recognises and understands these challenges, can be invaluable.

The programme is led by North East LEP Mentoring Co-ordinator Helen Lee, who matches mentors with mentees based on each person’s individual skills and experience.

Helen said: “The programme is off to a great start with mentors actively working with North East businesses with high growth ambition. Importantly, all the mentors we’re working with have first hand experience of growing and scaling business. There is a phenomenal range and depth of experience within our pool of mentors and the pool is growing. If you are the leader of a growing business and would like to be matched with a mentor, we want to hear from you,” said Helen.

“These mentors can help people to gain the skills and knowledge required to scaleup their businesses, which is vital for the growth of the regional economy and an important part of the North East LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan for the North East.”

Pamela Petty, ex Managing Director of family-run business Ebac, is participating in Growth through Mentoring as a mentor and has been matched with Sam Wass, from the Great British Meat Company.
“I’m really passionate about the North East, and feel that if I can help grow the economy by sharing my experience then I should,” Pamela said.

“I love people that are passionate about what they do, so working with people like Sam is a pleasure.”
Sam Wass, Director of the Great British Meat Company, has benefited from Pamela’s background in manufacturing and selling online. The company is an online butcher, which has taken a traditional business diversifying into digital retail. As a result, they are currently on target to increase revenues by 50 per cent this year.

Sam said: “After just one session I knew I had a good and positive match and in fact we’ve already honed in on an issue that we are likely to focus on.

“It really helps when there are lots of comparable experiences, and your mentor has the same mindset as you – for us that’s in terms of manufacturing. I’m looking forward to continuing with the programme and seeing where this dedicated support takes the company next.”