Monday, September 28, 2020

DMU offers free coaching and mentoring to support Leicester businesses

Free mentoring and coaching is being offered to Leicester business leaders during the Coronavirus pandemic.

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) are offering the free help to business leaders looking to adapt to the ‘new normal’ and take their companies forward.

Andrew Nicholson, Associate Professor Enterprise at DMU, and Alexandra Morgan, senior lecturer and professional business coach, are looking for 10 business leaders to benefit from the sessions, each of whom would receive three free sessions.

Andrew, who has years of consultancy experience with companies ranging from SMEs to global firms, said: “As we’ve all been told repeatedly, these times are unprecedented, and we all need to decide what the new normal is and work with it.

“With this highly uncertain backdrop, business leaders are still expected to manage their teams, maintain or improve productivity, focus on their customers’ needs and create a sustainable future for their business.”

One of Andrew’s mentoring clients is Annie McNeely who has recently left a corporate career as a senior manager for leading lifestyle company Joules to work for herself launching her own consulting business AMc Consulting

While she was preparing to make the move from full-time work, she was able to turn to Andrew as a sounding board.

She said: “My background is in operations and facilities, which is Andrew’s too so I knew that he understood what I did and also, has been a consultant.

“There are lots of coaches who look at self-management and setting goals, but what I needed was someone with that industry experience and who would have some insight into the ‘bumps in the road’ that entrepreneurs experience.”

One of Alex’s clients is is Amanda Cole, commercial director of marketing and communications company Hundred Brands, a B2B multi-national.

“Coronavirus is going to bring up a lot of issues for businesspeople,” said Amanda. “Having someone to talk through options to help you get that clarity.”

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