For an independent business owner, choosing to bring a coach or mentor into their business can bring about some massive changes; there's someone to bounce ideas off, and someone to keep you on track. Someone to push you beyond your comfort zone, someone to challenge your opinion. Someone to get new skills and knowledge from, someone to be accountable to. Someone to help you see the wood from the trees, and who cares about your success as much as you do...

The responsibilities of business ownership are many and demanding – consistently growing profits, keeping your customers delighted, keeping your competition behind you and keeping a team of employees motivated and engaged … all of this can easily become overwhelming and dispiriting.

Level Up Business Mentoring programmes work to provide you with all the tools you need for a successful business:

  • a robust business plan
  • financial and management control
  • sales and marketing strategies which deliver real profit growth
  • leadership and management at all levels of the business

And at the same time, our mentoring programmes allow you to access all the support you need as a business owner to use these tools successfully within your business:

  • advice and guidance, education and skills
  • an informed and experienced sounding board for ideas and suggestions
  • the accountability you need to keep you on track
  • a wider community of like-minded business people to inspire and motivate you along the way.

Level Up Mentoring Programmes vary in scope and scale depending on where you and business are right now, and where to you want to take your business next. To understand how a mentoring programme could work for you, your first step is to contact us to arrange a free, no obligation initial consultation.

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I was introduced to Level Up through a local business networking group about 18 months ago.  Transitioning from an HR career to Executive Search in 1997, I set up my own partnership over five years ago.  Although loving what I do, I couldn’t help feeling that we needed a bit of a refresh and have more focus on why our offering was different in a very crowded marketplace.

As an HR professional by background, I have met many business coaches; some better than others.  Although admittedly a little sceptical, I met Graeme Crosbie for coffee and soon felt that he ‘got me’ and understood why I was at a crossroads. We talked about how we might work together and what his kick start programme could offer. 

Having spent my whole career In the corporate world, I found I missed having a variety of people to brainstorm with.  Graeme has proved to be a strong business mentor.  The fact he also had a corporate background and had not worked with any other search firms proved to be a real asset.  He challenged my thinking and assumptions; we went back to basics and talked extensively about business and personal goals and how these could be achieved within realistic timelines.  

The kickstart programme was extremely useful.  For the first time in years, I found I actually dedicated quality time to thinking about what it was I wanted Theron to be.  We focused on what actually made us different; I stopped apologising for being a “small boutique” but learnt to embrace the good things about offering a bespoke, personal service to a few quality clients.  Of course I already knew the theory, but having to articulate USP’s and strategy to someone else makes it more ‘real’ and something you do as opposed to just having good intentions and never getting round to it because work takes over.  

Apart from growing revenue, we have had many successes including the redesign and relaunch of the website with genuine USP’s; extending our client base; recruiting a new Partner and maintaining focus and momentum.  

We are now on an Ontrack programme; meetings are less frequent, but they prove a useful medium for staying focused and doing the things I committed to do.  Some things continue to stay at the bottom of the pile, but I’m not sure that will ever change.  

Some of my network did not understand why I needed to see a business coach, especially with my background.  I have found it incredibly refreshing, not least because Graeme has helped me to look at things differently and has help me to add real value to my business.  I would absolutely have no hesitation in recommend him to other business professionals but only on the basis you want to take a cold hard look at yourself and realise that growth and change will only happen if you want it to.  Graeme can help, challenge and give an alternative perspective, but it’s down to you to do it.  

Fiona Makowski Managing Partner, Theron LLP March 18, 2018