Giving creative businesses even greater access to mentoring
Successful businesses are now increasingly using mentoring as a tool to become the best in the industry and the creative industries are no exception. Now Creative England and UKIE have joined forces with Nesta’s Creative Business Mentor Network (CBMN) to give creative businesses in the UK even greater access to mentoring support.
Co-funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), this partnership will be able to offer mentoring to over 90 SMEs over the coming year. The programme is also championed by The Supper Club, a network for ambitious entrepreneurs and Creative Skillset.
The partnership will use Nesta’s successful CBMN model. The Network, now in its fourth year, has successfully helped many founders drive their businesses forward. Companies who have been mentored have seen:
- improved business planning, vision and confidence
- quicker and more effective decision making
- overhauled company structures
- vastly improved financial management
- growth in new markets
- and profits increase as a result.
We know that mentoring works and we are very pleased that the government has recognised how valuable this kind of sector-specific advice can be. The combination of helping companies to develop their strategic ambitions at the same time as improving the operational aspects of the business has the potential to create a very powerful impact.
High calibre mentors
One of the big strengths of the Nesta programme is the calibre of the mentors. The programme attracts some of the UK’s top industry executives and even one hour with these experts is priceless. Our recent programme includes: Jimmy Mulville, CEO of Hat Trick Productions; Nick Southgate, CEO of Shed Media Group; and Peter Molyneux, CEO of 22 Cans.
Talented mentees including Jamal Edwards, founder of SB.TV and Ella Romanos, CEO of Remode are currently on the programme and benefiting from this excellent opportunity.
Would you like to get a mentor?
Finding a good mentor can be difficult and Creative England and Nesta can help with this. Creative businesses in the film, TV, games, digital media and advertising sectors with a turnover of over £250k can now register their interest online, or by emailing [email protected], for the next programme starting in the spring.
Photo: past mentor Steve Macallister, CEO Zodiak Rights, with mentees Elliot Cranmer and Becky Dowell, ShootMedia