Thu 04 Jun 2020

Business support, mentoring and webinar round-up

Business support, mentoring programmes and webinars to support your business through the Covid-19 crisis:

Business support, mentoring and webinar round-up

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is providing webinars designed to support businesses through the short and longer-term impacts of COVID.

Recordings of those that have already happened and sign up links to the future webinars are below: there's a wealth of helpful information and advice, provided by unbiased sources and funded completely by the Combined Authority. 

Available to view on demand: 

Understanding the Key Govt Support initiatives for SMEs:

HR: Layoff v Furlough:

Accessing Finance:

Working from Home & Mental Health:

Marketing: Crisis Comms:

Return to Work Safely:

Sign up to join the livestream:

Tuesday 16 June, 11am: Driving Efficiency: Focusing on Efficient Operations:

Thursday 18 June, 11am: Getting the Most from Home Working: Safely & Securely:

Tuesday 23 June, 11am: Repositioning your Business:


The Combined Authority are funding one hour consultations, on the phone or via video link, from an experienced business adviser to discuss your needs and provide guidance on how to access relevant support from the our services and central government.

This might include how you can address immediate challenges, how you can engage with broader resilience issues, helping you to explore different ways to conduct your business or diversify. We can also help you to understand and mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on your clients, staff, suppliers and others, and help you to lay out an initial roadmap for a return to business. 

Click here to book a free one-to-one consultation

Be the Business - One to one mentoring 

Developed and supported by some of the UK’s leading firms, Be the Business are a Charity delivering many of the business support programmes on behalf of BEIS, via the Mentoring for Growth contract with The Growth Company (Manchester LEP). This scheme helps firms share and benefit from the simple and easy practices that result in improved performance. Unlike peer-to-peer mentoring, the Be the Business Mentoring for Growth programme has been designed to support business leaders who feel that they would benefit from accessing the experience and knowledge of a mentor from a larger multinational business, such as Siemens, GSK and the John Lewis Partnership. Focused on sharing actionable solutions, the programme will carefully match you to a business leader who has the right experience to help meet important goals and take your business to the next level. The programme will come at no cost to you.

Mentors are selected based on the expertise you and your business require, which may include:

• Function expertise, i.e. human resources, marketing, operations

• Sector expertise, i.e. manufacturing, retail, services

• Life-stage expertise, i.e. entering new markets, M&A, scaling up

Eligibility criteria:

  • Minimum of £1 million turnover and 6 FTE staff
  • Key decision maker in business
  • Any sector

For more information please visit:

Action Coach

ActionCOACH is the largest business growth specialists in the world and are reaching out to the global community.  Your local Cambridge coaches are setting aside 10 pro bono business coaching sessions per week to support business owners (this is completely free and with absolutely no obligations).

For more info please visit:

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