25 Opportunities for 9-Hours of Free Mentoring Worth Over £1,600

Over the Summer TALE is offering up to 9-hours of free mentoring to businesses in the logistics sector, or moving goods from A to B, free.

Our Mentoring Programme

We have 25 free packages of up to 9-hours of mentoring with a logistics industry or business expert (worth over £1,600).

Your mentor will help you explore new topics, such as data and digitization, building your knowledge and skill. Our mentoring sessions can also help you focus on a specific issue, providing honest feedback and new solutions you might not have considered previously.

Sessions take place on Microsoft Teams or Zoom. The time and dates are agreed between you and your mentor.

Watch our TALE Mentoring briefing video

Applying for Mentoring

It’s easy to sign-up for mentoring. First, you’ll need to become TALE member. Once you’re onboarded, your Client Relationship Manager will send you a simple application form to complete and arrange an introduction to the most appropriate mentor.

TALE support is first-come, first-served. This offer ends in September 2022.

Our Mentors

Derek Godfrey

Construction Consulting Services

For over 30 years, Derek was a Managing Director/Owner of a regional SME Contractor with a turnover of £10m with ultimate responsibility for the day-to-day running of the business together with strategic business planning to successfully develop the company as a regional recognised brand and achieve significant business growth whilst riding out three recessions.

Derek successfully serviced a diverse client base including commercial, residential, health, retail, historic restoration, education, new build development and permitted development conversions. He achieved ISO9001 (Quality) and ISO14001 (Environmental) accreditation.

Derek also has considerable experience working with business and public sector groups having served on and chaired commissions and development boards including 5 years as Vice Chair of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

He currently provides a consultancy service for businesses, developers and clients delivering advice, guidance, and mentoring.

Key Mentoring Areas
  • Review your operations and processes
  • Business strategy and development
  • Procurement and contracts
  • Supply chain development
  • Process and systems
  • Development finance

Peter Searle

Searle Management Consulting Ltd

Peter was the Operations Director at Kier for 10 years. During the period, the office he was responsible for bid approximately £1,000m of work of which £398m was secured and delivered profitably. Responsibilities included: preparing the 3-year business plan for the profit centres; Safety Health & Environment; marketing & HR. He was responsible for operations – deciding which projects to bid, overseeing submissions of expressions of interest, tendering, construction and post contract.

In 2012 Peter was also appointed as the Chairperson to Judge the over £100m Category of the Construction Manager of the Year Award (CMYA) by the Chartered Institute of Building, CIOB. It was the first time a category of this value had been staged. He is currently vice chair on the Professional Membership Review Panel for the CIOB.

After 34 years working for a main contractor, Peter set up a management consultancy business in 2015 to “give back” to the sector and to see SME businesses flourish. Since 2015 he has been  supporting construction related businesses and develops bespoke programs for them, so they can see the impact in a short period.

Key Mentoring Areas
  • Review your operations and processes
  • Business strategy and development
  • Procurement and contracts
  • Supply chain development
  • Digitisation

Mentoring Testimonials

The Haven Gateway Partnership also offers mentoring through the I-Construct programme. The following are testimonials from people who took part:

“I’m glad I took the mentoring on. I’ve taken part in similar schemes in the past, and people have either not seemed that interested or have directed me in vague or ambiguous ways that didn’t help […] it’s led to direct results for my business. I’ve been really pleased with it.” – Rebecca Rickwood, Head of Programmes, Gement.

“It’s given me confidence I didn't have before. It's given me loads of ideas to spring from and heaps of directions to go in. I'm working my way through masses of new business ideas, and I'm so glad that I found out about the scheme.” – Louise Altman, Wallpaper Designer.

“It's definitely impacted our business already. Having a regular call with Derek has forced a timeline on things. We've gone through a process of mapping out our processes, and Derek has introduced us to someone who uses Office 365, and the various templates. They’ve helped us digitize our processes.” – Jill Willis, Founder & CEO, Attract & Engage.

“We’ve learned a lot from our mentor, Derek Godfrey. He’s really guided our focus in terms of marketing, to help us ensure the best return on the time and money we invest” – Joshua Forbes-Brown, Imperial Thermal Engineering.

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