The word Mentor comes from Greek Mythology, Over time it has come to mean a ‘Trusted Adviser, counsellor or teacher and an influential sponsor and supporter.
Successful business owners, managers and entrepreneurs often cite mentoring as a critical element in their success. Mentoring also makes a huge contributing towards business success rates, especially in the longer term.
Starting a business takes careful preparation and research. Taking on board good advice at this planning stage, can enable you to avoid costly mistakes later on.
Running an established can be a lonely experience. While you may be an expert in certain business areas, you may never have been involved in other areas, so your knowledge might be lacking.
Additionally, in the early stages, finance is often limited, so employing more staff with expertise is not often an option. This can restrict your ability to share ideas and explore options, and also limits your access to multiple viewpoints on different ideas and decisions. These issues can severely affect the success of your business.
How can a mentor help?
A Mentor helps you overcome the challenges in your business through coaching, guidance and advice. They can give you honest, timely and constructive feedback, as well as provide useful insights and pass on valuable experience.
The Purpol team will look to understand your goals and question, challenge, and advise you to help you achieve them. We will help you achieve your goals by enabling you to remove the barriers to performance, hence releasing the potential within your business.
As a mentor, We will not tell you what to do or how to do it, but we WILL help you to make the right decisions for yourself!
What kind of person benefits from a Mentor?
The short answer is anyone!
Being the business owner usually requires that you carry out many different roles every day and wear many different hats. The challenge at the top of the business is that it is hard/impossible to share this burden by talking to others in the business about how you are feeling. This is especially true of expressing your own doubts and discussing where the business should be heading.
That’s why it’s great to have an independent and impartial adviser who understands your perspective, sympathises and relates to how you are feeling, and can be your ‘sounding board’ as well as challenging your thinking.
We can meet as often as you need to – weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly, either face to face or by Skype or telephone. The Meetings are scheduled to fit with your diary and you can be assured with remain highly confidential.
The Purpol team are well equipped to provide the help and advice you need. We can act as an independent sounding board for your ideas and guide your thinking, helping you to develop your career and/or your business.
We have extensive experience in creating and running an SME’s as well as holding senior positions as Director level within corporate organisations, and will provide insight that will help your business to grow and thrive.
As your mentor, Purpol will:
- Be a trusted, confidential and unbiased advisor
- Provide an independent, external perspective for decision-making
- Show how growth can be unlocked with a positive attitude
- Be an outlet for discussing ideas, challenges, and new opportunities
- Provide general guidance in areas where you have less experience
As your mentor, the experts at Purpol will be available for face to face meetings, or over Skype, telephone or even email. The aim is to fit your schedule and individual needs.
Need help with export mentoring?
Purpol are delighted to provide export mentoring to support businesses from all sectors. Our practical insights from real life experience will allow you to gain export clients and employ marketing strategies for your international audiences.
We will work with you to align your business for export success and direct you to additional support available. We will share insight gained from our export experiences, sharing how both product and service delivery businesses can succeed in developing within international markets.
Want to find out more about export mentoring? Call Purpol on +44 (0)1249 481411 or email