Mentoring and Coaching

Business Networks are integral to creating new business opportunities; helping like-minded business people recognise, create, and act upon new growth ideas. They are a great way of meeting like-minded people in business, as contacts to trade with and to share and gain business support. Face-to-face networking is a great tool for establishing business rapport and developing high quality business relationships and referrals. There are many online business social networks to help you extend your circle of business contacts and promote your business. Here is a sample of networks that will help you build up your circle of business partners making it easier to keep in touch with your business contacts.

BNI UK BNI UK is a global networking referral organisation with over 13,000 members in the UK and Ireland, passing nearly 680,000 referrals worth over £339 million every year! There are over 600 BNI groups in the UK and Ireland to choose from. To find out more 01923 891 999 or email

Business South Business South is a business engagement organisation that unites business leaders to drive economic prosperity, with the aim of making the region a great place to work, invest, study, live and enjoy.

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Wessex Region The Federation of Small Businesses promotes and protects the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms through lobbying, events and advice to its members, for more details call 01425 280 080 or visit

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce The Chamber offers events and networking opportunities for members. The Events programme has something for everyone whether you like Breakfast meetings or prefer something in the early evening. Lunches can be informal over a buffet, structured Speed Networking or a more formal sit down lunch with a topical speaker. The Chamber also offers a programme of free Pure Networking events for our members. For more details call 01329 242 420.

Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce is a membership organisation offering networking opportunities. Call 01983 520 777 for more information.

Institute of Directors (IOD) South The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch is one of the IoD’s largest. Its aim is to provide the services required by members, support the development of corporate Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and be the voice of business leaders in the area.

Medina Business Exchange is a networking group of Isle of Wight businesses. Phone 01983 533 938 for more details.

National Enterprise Network NEN is the only membership body in England representing those working in the enterprise support sector.

Solent India Business Network The Solent India Business Network (SIBN) is an independent not-for-profit company that brings together business people from the Indian and Solent region business communities, to share knowledge, networks and know-how.


Mentoring Services

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs This cross-border exchange programme gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other participating countries.

London StockExchange’s Elite Techstars – ELITE is a programme of structured engagement developing and supporting ambitious private companies through their next stage of growth. Partnered with Imperial College Business School, ELITE delivers a three part service of education, business support, mentoring and access to an ecosystem of professionals fostering growth and innovation.

Mentor-net Business mentoring scheme for SMEs in the south of England offers a confidential service from the not-for-profit Mentor-net programme and volunteer Business Mentors, drawn from experienced members of the business community and the professions.

Mentorsme Volunteer Business Mentors This national web portal provides a single point of access to mentoring services to anyone looking for mentoring support as they start or grow their own business. Mentorsme provides access to 15,000 trained volunteer business mentors from the SME community to boost local mentor networks.

New Enterprise Allowance Help for unemployed people who want to start a business, with an emphasis on sustainability and growth potential. It is available to people aged 18 and over who have been claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) for three months or more.

Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme This programme supports young people between the ages of 18-30 yrs to start-up or grow their business. It provides one-to-one support, training and mentorship.

Winning Pitch exists to help businesses and the people behind them grow faster and further than they imagined possible.  They are one of the fastest expanding, high growth entrepreneurial coaching businesses in the country, bringing proven business insight and powerful solutions to organisations from start-ups to FTSE 100 companies.

WSX Enterprise Offers expertise in starting up, growing your business, enterprise, business mentoring, skills, sustainability, innovation and design.