Could you and your business benefit from some wise counsel and a friendly ear?
If so, the new Business Buddy scheme provided free by North Worcestershire Ambassadors may provide a natural way forward.
North Worcestershire Ambassadors, a new business group established by NWedR (North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration) is offering Business Buddy sessions (one hour for one business) to give local business owners the benefit of a ‘new pair of eyes and ears’ to help them develop their business.
Dean Piper, Head of NWedR said
“Our North Worcestershire Ambassadors scheme is a really exciting development and a great way to engage and connect local businesses.
“The aim of the Business Buddy scheme is to provide a ‘light touch’ mentoring opportunity for local businesses. NWedR is facilitating the service with North Worcestershire Ambassadors who are all either running their own businesses or in senior roles themselves. They know about the challenges and issues facing their peers, so the Business Buddy scheme is a way of helping businesses to help themselves and to share knowledge and experience in a non-intimidating or over bureaucratic way.“
Craig Rooke, European Sales Director for Bromsgrove based Teupen Ltd and a North Worcestershire Ambassador Business Buddy said,
“I’m really pleased to be part of this scheme as I see it as a way of giving something back to my business community in North Worcestershire. Running your own business can be very exciting and liberating but it can also be quite isolating. Our intention as Business Buddies is to help businesses see things from a wider viewpoint by listening to their issues and offering the benefit of our experience and skills in an informal way. “
Barbara Hankins, senior consultant at Catalyst for Change and a North Worcestershire Ambassador Business Buddy said
“My intention is to provide a sounding board to a business owner who wants to make change or drive through a new idea. Sometimes another perspective is helpful to give people the insight and impetus to take action. “
Rob Holcroft, Superhumans business and life coach, creator of the Bertie Holcroft lifestyle brand and North Worcestershire Ambassador Business Buddy said
“I am a huge fan of North Worcestershire having lived and worked in many other places. It’s a great place to do business with lots of networking opportunities and a friendly business community. I hope local business owners will come forward and take part.”
The way the Business Buddy scheme works is simple. Owners, leaders of businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in North Worcestershire are invited to contact NWedR to briefly explain why they would like the help of a Business Buddy. NWedR will connect the business to an appropriate Buddy who will set up a meeting to be followed up by a phone call.
If both parties wish to continue the buddying arrangement, they can do so individually, outside the buddying agreement, and by mutual consent.
Dean Piper concludes
“Obviously, we are not intending to take away work from business coaches, professional mentors and consultants. This is simply a way for local business owners to spend an hour with another professional who has the intention to be a ‘friend’ to them and their business. We hope local business owners, whatever their business sector, will enter into the spirit of the scheme and be prepared to ask for a Business Buddy . At present we have eight North Worcestershire Ambassadors ready and willing to offer a buddying service and hope to increase the number of potential buddies over the next 12 months.”
The North Worcestershire Ambassador scheme was launched at the NWedR business event held at Hogarth’s Stone Manor Hotel in November 2016. The event was hosted by BBC TV and radio presenter Joanne Malin. Read the story.
For more information on the North Worcestershire Ambassadors Scheme and Business Buddying scheme, visit www.nwedr.org.uk/ambassadors