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Could A Mentor Double Your Chances Of 5 Year Survival?

Fact - 70% of small businesses that use a mentor survive for five years or more – which is double the rate of those without mentors.

Many business owners carry on doing the same thing simply because it’s the way things have always been done. Or they are working so many hours that they are unable to see the wood for the trees. A mentor will help you to take a step back, re-evaluate and identify what you could be doing better and more effectively.

The right mentor can provide fresh insight and bring a wealth of experience accumulated from running businesses of their own. They act as a ‘sounding board’ for ideas, opportunities and problems as they arise and are there as a ‘critical friend’ to provide unbiased advice, forcing you to look outside of your business and evaluate where you are now and where you are going.

Having someone who will help you to stay focused and ensure you achieve your business goals is invaluable when facing challenges and big decisions. A mentor will keep you on track at all times and will draw on their own experiences and share their knowledge and expertise with you to ensure you take advantage of every opportunity, but also avoid the potential pitfalls.

Ultimately, a mentor will help you to:

• Stay on track
• Achieve your goals
• Develop your business
• Cope with challenges
• Make the big decisions
• Be realistic
• Take your business to the next level
• Make your business more profitable

And a mentor is not just for start-ups, they also work with established businesses. Any business can benefit from having a mentor - even more established firms that are simply stuck in a rut and treading water.

The Facts:

70% of small businesses that use a mentor survive for five years or more – which is double the rate of those without mentors.

94% of small businesses that use external support have seen the benefits - they are more ambitious and have higher sales.

Meet Chris Dowling -

Chris Dowling is an award-winning business mentor and consultant, offering support and advice to both start-up businesses and more established businesses looking to grow and develop.

With extensive knowledge of both the small to medium-size business sector and family business sector, Chris has over 35 years of hands-on day-to-day business experience, Chris fully understands the challenges faced when running your own business.

As well as mentoring, his business support services include:

• Business development and growth
• Problem solving
• Sales and marketing
• Strategy and planning
• Exhibition support and representation
• Access to start-up loans and finance
• Financial planning and cash flow
• Access to government support and grants

Chris is a member of the Association of Business Mentors and the group’s regional head for South-East England. All members undertake a credibility check, which means they have a proven track record in business and at least two years mentoring experience, coupled with the appropriate training.

Chris also has an extensive network of trusted associates, providing extra support for his clients and to whom he can signpost clients, as and when necessary.

Chris operates under the business name of Dowling Consultants - please take a look at the website:

Call Chris today for a FREE initial 30 minute consultation –
Office - 01825 701332 or mobile - 07885 685641.
Email –

Chris Dowling
Dowling Consultants

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