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The Growth Company Appointed National Delivery Partner for Be the Business Mentoring for Growth Programme

03 Sep 2019

Do you know an SME that would benefit from being mentored by a leading business?

Mentoring for Growth is Be the Business’s flagship programme designed to connect business leaders from large, multi-national companies with key decision makers and owners from SME organisations. This connection facilitates knowledge transfer, exchange of ideas, expertise and experience to shape the future direction of an SME and deliver a step-change in business productivity.

The programme matches ambitious small and medium-sized businesses with experienced mentors from some of the UK’s leading businesses including GSK, Amazon and The John Lewis Partnership. Some 180 successful matches have already been made across Greater Manchester, Birmingham, the North East of England and London. This figure is set to increase to 1,000 by March 2020.

The Growth Company is responsible for identifying SMEs which could benefit from the programme and then matching them with mentors – selected by Be the Business – from some of England’s leading and most productive companies.

Be the Business is the business-led organisation created to close the UK’s productivity gap. Led by Sir Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, Be the Business is spearheading a business-led drive to help companies across the UK improve their performance.

If you feel that you know a business that would benefit from Be the Business’s Mentoring for Growth programme, or would like further information to send out to your networks/clients, please email

The eligibility criteria for SMEs across England is a minimum of 10+ employees in any sector, £2m turnover and a key decision maker within the business.

To find out more about the programme, please visit

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