UK Business Mentoring was formed in 2009 and its operating model was shaped by the founder, Joe Hinton’s desire to provide practical support to small business owners. Joe’s thirty-five-year career in banking had brought him in contact with hundreds of small business owners but his frustration was always that the confines of his role did not allow him to spend the time he wanted to in support of this group of people he has great admiration for.
In 2009 Joe left the corporate world, set up the company and set about designing tools and processes to enable him to best support small businesses.
One of the key areas he felt required focus was an independent review of a business – there are plenty of firms that would do this but the price was a barrier for most small businesses and the reviews tended to be too high level, without any real practical support on how to implement improvements and change. Thus, over the first two years of working closely with business owners and coupled with his interest in the Zulu war (sparked by watching the film with Michael Caine at a young age!) the Zulu Business Review was born.
In essence, a structured way of reviewing a business graphically shaped in the form of the highly successful Zulu battle formation ‘Impondo Zankomo’ (The horns of the beast) which covers fourteen key areas in a business with over one hundred and twenty-five sub areas covered.
Business mentors will, having undertaken the review of a business present it back to the business owner giving him/her an independent, warts and all view of their business.
On the back of this the mentor will help the owner in formulating a plan to address both the issues highlighted in the review and a strategy for the future growth of the business.
Coaching/training/advising all form part of the mentoring that is then provided on an ongoing basis.
The company started franchising in 2016 and its vision is to bring this high level of support to businesses right across the UK.
The founder, Joe Hinton comments “I am delighted we have joined the BFA, we have been given so much help and guidance in the first couple of months and I know that going forward partnering with the association will help us to achieve our strategic growth plans”