Business Mentoring & Training

Business Mentoring

I offer independent and objective advice to public sector organisations who wish to engage my services as a business mentor to their clients. When mentoring entrepreneurs or start-up organisations I work through a range of issues to help the client decide the best route forward for their business. If the company or client is intent on developing new ideas and new markets I can offer a diagnostic report service that acts as a first step to helping a company identify the drivers that will help them diversify in the marketplace.

As a start-up I will work with the client across a range of issues which could include our examining for them competing products & services or related but competing impulse buys. I can also look at the following:

  • Retail outlets and distribution
  • The best route to market and the export potential of the idea
  • Trends in the marketplace
  • The needs of the user who might buy the product or use the service – the potential for the product to be different
  • How to go about refining prototypes – when to linking to professional design practices–possible product extensions aimed at other markets
  • The licensing potential and the identification of companies who might be keen to license or ‘take on’ the idea as such
  • Strategies with regard to selling and developing a sales book
  • Product merchandising and packaging, its ‘on-shelf’ appeal

I seek to identify opportunities and assist growth. Occasionally I link experts to a business for a period of time to help train and develop innovation focused projects.

Training

I love to deliver training programmes and to work on skills courses. Oftentimes I partner with private sector trainers or support organisations such as Local Enterprise Offices, or not for profit organisations, by providing training concepts and training co-ordination assistance. These are oftentimes to public agencies, private companies and cultural industry clients.  Oftentimes the programme focus is on the ‘people needs’ of an organisation – where people are required to be creative, using their experience and knowledge to drive innovation and new growth paths in their market place.