I Mentor is a professional, confidential business mentoring service encompassing start-ups, micro businesses and SME's. I Mentor also offer Business Turnaround services, productivity audits, change management and leadership programs. I Mentors combine empathy, listening skills and personal business knowledge and intelligence to delivery business and consultancy services which will assist our clients to delivering success.
How can I Mentor benefit a business?
The experience gained by a mentor throughout their business and professional career can be brought into a starting-up or developing business through the mentoring relationship. The mentor is not there to run the business nor to see it run the “way they did it”. At I Mentor our business relationships are built on the cornerstones of equality and independence, we believe that each individual brings special and unique insights and thoughts to each meeting and it is that combination of different perspectives which achieves real results.
By working as equals our business mentors are able to give totally impartial and professional advice. The business owner is in full control with the mentor behind them and supporting the owner throughout. However, experience is invaluable in working through to the best business decision and mentors can help to review current status of a project or business, formulate and test business plans, implement change management plans and assist in solving problems.
Quick F.A.Q's about I Mentor
Any business which is static or in decline will benefit from engaging with our turnaround specialists, whom will provide a review of the current status of the organisation and provide expertise over a broad spectrum from recovery, cash-flow and financing through to structure, leadership and the actual turnaround of an ailing concern. This can be completed by temporarily replacing or working alongside a company's CEO taking over or sharing the decision-making process of the organisation to guide it back toward profitability and safety.
Whilst most of our clients are small commercial businesses with turnover of less than £4 million per year, I Mentor have also supported Social Enterprises, Community Organisations, local Charities and other ‘not-for-profit’ organisations. Most types of business can be assisted by I Mentor provided the business is genuinely looking for growth and solutions.
A mentor can remain with a business for as long as there is a business need and the business is benefiting from the relationship – but usually no more than 12 months in total on a regular, structured basis.
Mentoring relationships are almost without exception very successful. However, it is inevitable that some will not work out. In the event that the relationship experiences any problems, the I Mentor Operations Manager should be the first point of contact. A solution might be a change of mentor or withdrawal from the mentoring relationship. Withdrawal is rare. The Operations Director will be able to work through any problems and hopefully find a solution that enables you and your business to progress and succeed with I Mentor.
Do I Mentor work to specific standards?
All of our mentors work to the SFEDI (Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative) standard for business mentors and have been accredited by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (MIoEE, our C.E.O. is also M.I.T. Business consultancy accredited and a Member of the Institute of Consulting
Regular surveys of client businesses and referrers to help pinpoint areas that work well and areas that could benefit from change.
A Code of Standards and Ethics that all I Mentor Business Mentors sign up to which covers a multitude of practices expected of mentors akin to those that might be expected of any professional business service.
Our I Mentor specialists are all fully conversant with the necessary legal requirements for their specialised areas and are backed by our own legal support team
What does the I Mentor Business Mentoring service cost?
Here at I Mentor we have fair and transparent pricing at our Customer Services Core Mission.