You’ve got a business which is trading – you’d love to grow the business, but not sure how to go about it or where to start.
Our fully funded programme can allocate a Business Coach or Mentor to help you take your business from where it is now on a journey to ensure, firstly, it meets all regulatory and legal requirements and secondly, to create a plan to sustainably grow your business.
You will need:
- to be registered as a trading business (such as through self-employment, registered as a limited company, etc)
- to have a business bank account
- to demonstrate your enthusiasm and commitment to growing your business
- to show commitment for dedicating time and resources to your business growth
- to contribute to the Black Pounds Project by sharing your journey through a regular blog.
Stage 1 - Business Advisor
Your allocated Advisor will meet with you to assess your business needs and help you create a robust business plan and a 3-month action plan.
They will connect you to subject specialists who can help you with your business plan and signpost you to other useful organisations.
Stage 2 - Business Coaching
Up to 2 x 1 hour check-ins with a Business Coach to review progress against the actions and offer ongoing support and encouragement.
Focus on your personal development needs to enable you to thrive as a business owner.
Peer networking sessions.
Workshops facilitated by industry experts.
Training to support your business in becoming legally and regulatory compliant across all areas.
Stage 3 - Business Mentorship
Available once you have completed your business plan and received 3 months of coaching.
Monthly 1 hour sessions with a Business Mentor sharing their experience and network.
Introductions to key players and business leader across the region via the Black Pounds Project network.
At the end of the initial six-month period, your mentor will review the progress of the business across the six-month period against its original business plan. They will discuss your future plans with you and, where appropriate, may consider putting the business forward as an applicant for further funding from Black Pounds Project.
Opportunities to promote your business at networking events.
I’ve been blown away by the level of support of have received through the Black Pounds Project Mentorship Programme…I recently picked up a contract that will see my Bubble Bar at 2-3 locations around the West Midlands for the next few years. We’re only a few months in, but my mentor and coach have helped me tremendously. I have developed the confidence and tools to just go for it! I can’t thank everyone enough. I know that if they can do this for me, they can do it for anyone. Get involved!
Upon completion of this form, a member of our team will be in touch to confirm whether you have been accepted on to the Mentorship scheme.
Please note, all selected businesses will begin at Advising Level, with the expectation that you will progress onto Coaching and Mentorship once you have completed all of the agreed actions.
If your application is unsuccessful at this time, we will seek to support you in other ways.
If you require assistance with completing the form please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange a call to discuss it with you.
Applications for our mentorship are currently closed, however please subscribe to our mailing list so we can update you when the scheme re-opens.