Leicester and Leicestershire offering hours of free coaching with experienced business consultant Ian Baker

Leicester and Leicestershire Business Gateway is offering small business owners a chance to develop their…

Leicester and Leicestershire Business Gateway is offering small business owners a chance to develop their skills with a personalised package of coaching, support and consultancy.

The team at the business support body hope the leadership package – called ‘Become the Leader you want to be’ –will make a change from “generic leadership training delivered using slides and an online presentation”.

It will be delivered by experienced business mentor and consultant Ian Baker who has been in the business orf three decades working with big names in retail, consumer goods and pharmaceuticals.

He said: “I think people have had enough of sitting through ‘one size fits all’ presentations – we’re all different, we’re all individuals so our approach reflects that.

“We will provide you with individual one-to-one sessions so that you can raise your leadership game and feel able to tackle your business issues.

“First of all, we’ll have a deep dive session into what you’re all about as a person and a business leader – don’t worry, we make it enjoyable for you.

“From this, we create a plan together with tangible actions and goals. People tend to stick to this plan because it’s been co-created.

“If you’re running a business but you have a gut feeling that something isn’t quite right, this support is for you.

“Perhaps you feel stuck and unable to get to the bottom of these issues on your own.

“That’s why we start with the people first as that’s really useful when it comes to looking at the processes and physical aspects of the business.

“I help people become better leaders and business owners and create their own legacy.”

A spokesman for the Business Gateway said: “The programme has been designed in response to what the Business Gateway has seen among many small and medium businesses – they achieve a certain amount of growth without formal leadership but within time reach a crucial point where they can’t progress any further without it.

“Often issues such as apparently poor processes or a lack of focus in the business actually come because of this lack of leadership skills and focus.”

The support programme is free to participating small businesses and available from now until March 31, 2022.

Each package of support will be unique to the individual and with a maximum of eight hours per person.

Anyone who would like to apply can contact the Business Gateway Business Advisers on 0116 366 8487 or email [email protected].