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Sharing our business experience to support and encourage individuals to grow, develop and succeed.

Figures from the government’s Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative suggest that 70 per cent of small businesses that receive mentoring survive for five years or more, which is double the rate compared with non-mentored entrepreneurs, and are 20 per cent more likely to experience growth.

Smarter draws on extensive commercial and financial knowledge and experience from Corporate and SME operations, to support and encourage business managers and owners to grow, develop and succeed in their sphere of business.

As such, we help our mentees find the right direction and develop robust solutions, in order to maximise their business potential and improve their business performance.

Smarter business mentors share knowledge and life experiences, focusing not just on business competency, but also on helping to shape business managers and owners character, values, self-awareness, empathy, and capacity for respect.

For more information, click for a copy of Smarter’s Mentoring Guides:

What is Mentoring:

Smarter Business Mentoring - Guide 1

Why Hire a Mentor:

Smarter Business Mentoring - Guide 2

Working on a discreet basis with only a few clients at any one time, is a key part of Smarter’s strategy.

Currently providing mentoring services to the “Innovating for Growth Mentoring Programme” which is run by the British Library Business & IP Centre. The programme is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded scheme to support Innovating for Growth Start-ups graduates in their early stage business development.

National Mentoring Day (27 October 2017) Ken J Davey speaks about his experience on mentoring

We also are an approved providor of business mentoring and international business advice services to:

Helping entrepreneurs with the resources and advice needed to make their business idea a reality. The main focus is to offer the help and support needed to turn a great idea into a successful and sustainable business.

Innovation and enterprise at UCL is all about making a positive difference to the wider world. Students and staff at UCL generate amazing ideas, technologies and discoveries. Working with their business and innovation partners are able to achieve this aim.

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development provides advice and industry expertise to small to medium-sized businesses in 25 countries.

“In business, you have to accept you can’t do everything yourself, so we looked for a mentor who would provide us with an invaluable, experience-based business perspective on us as owners, and also on our business itself. We applied to the British Library’s Innovation for Growth Mentoring Programme last year and it connected us with Ken J Davey, the founder and MD of Smarter Limited. He’s honest and open and has helped us focus our mission statement and also to think about our short-term and long-term goals. This has helped us define an even clearer path for the business, and what really helps is he isn’t from the events industry. I’d urge any SME to give it a go.”

Ben Gamble, Founder, Shout About London Limited & British Library Business & IP Centre Mentee

“Your direct no nonsense approach is just what I need.”
Maxine Fox, Founder, M & R Art Consultancy Ltd & British Library Business & IP Centre Mentee
“As the owner of a newly founded SME start-up, Ken provided an insightful and supportive mentoring experience in the strictest of confidence." 

Paul T, Director, Business Start-up

Contracts to provide 1:1 mentoring services are usually undertaken on an hourly fee basis for an agreed number of sessions.

Mentored an undergraduate at King’s College London in their final year - helped them find relevant internship placements as part of their Business Management degree. Subsequently worked with them to help them seek gainful employment post graduation.

Acted as a mentor to the business owner of a start-up SME.

Various mentoring experiences with senior and junior colleagues at KPMG.