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Be part of something special

Join the Be the Business community of expert advisors, and make a big difference for a small business

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Share your expertise and sharpen your skills

Ready to share the benefit of your experience with small business leaders who’ll really value your help?

We can provide you with a highly rewarding, intellectually stimulating and enjoyable challenge.

Be the Business brings together experienced senior professionals and ambitious small business leaders who want to inject external ideas and perspectives to their thinking.

Working with other experienced leaders on one of our online advisory boards, or providing 1:1 mentoring, you can provide the kind of impartial, grounded and differentiated support that smaller company leaders really need.

Ways you can get involved

Join a board 

Together with three board member colleagues, you’ll offer small business leaders a diverse range of perspectives and a huge breadth of experience.

Be a Mentor 

Providing 1:1 mentoring support, you’ll develop a strong relationship and help a small business leader make the most of the expertise and guidance available.  

What our volunteers say

“The rewards are brilliant, quite frankly, and it’s a thoroughly enjoyable activity to be involved in.” 

Pete Boddy - Head of Engineering, Air Service, BAE Systems 

“I have this desire to help companies be successful, by getting close to the real business problems.”.  

Bhavna Saraf – Head of Trade Product, Lloyds Banking Group 

“I get a kick out of learning about what these amazing companies are doing, and how innovative they are.” 

Lori Vokes – Director M&A at Neom 

Frequently Asked Questions

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