The PRIME of life

As our Executive Chair Ruth Lowbridge MBE joins the board of PRIME Cymru, we talk to her about the role and how the charity’s work corresponds to the IOEE’s new Age Diversity Programme. Today’s over 50s are pioneers, a generation that’s redefining the way mature people operate and are perceived both in the workplace and […]

IOEE Academy status

“Becoming an IOEE Academy is well worth the work for that recognition- that rubber stamp of approval from a known and trusted enterprise organisation.” Yvonne Bennett (46) runs Liverpool based The Wedding Planners Guild UK, which recently achieved the sought-after status of IOEE Academy. In this, the first of a series of blogs about establishing […]

Infinite possibilities for mentoring relationship

Karen Jones, along with business partner Joanne Spencer, runs Infinite You Limited, a change management company that supports organisations and their people through challenging times. She explains the Infinite You remit: “The focus of our work tends to revolve around organisations going through change. It’s about helping managers support their staff. That might be through […]

HR Director goes it alone

Lynn Colledge, who became an HR professional in 1990, worked her way up to achieve her driving ambition to be an HR Director in 2005. In fact, Lynn went one step further by securing this dream position at Birmingham Royal Ballet, a job she recalls fondly: “It was a lovely job, very interesting, but there […]

A cracking business mentor for Border Eggs

James and Angela MacLean are the husband and wife team behind Border Eggs. This organic, free range egg company near the Scottish / English border boasts an impressive 40,000 chickens, laying over 250,000 eggs per week. The pair have received business mentoring from Ian Collins of the Bank of Scotland and last month both Ian […]

Bags of opportunity for the self-employed?

What’s it like to be self-employed in the UK today? That’s is exactly what Julie Deane OBE, founder of The Cambridge Satchel Company, has been tasked with finding out. The Government has commissioned Julie to carry out an extensive independent review into the subject. She’ll explore why people become self-employed and the types of work […]

Female first

In September last year, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) commissioned SFEDI to run a roadshow of Meet a Mentor events dedicated to the needs of female entrepreneurs. Meet a Mentor, already established as a fantastic way for business mentors and mentees to initiate productive, professional relationships, was the ideal platform to bring dedicated mentoring support […]

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A gem of a business

Polish-born jeweller Kamila Lipska has her own online jewellry store –, and has lived for five years in Barcelona. However, it was to London that she headed in search of someone willing to share their business experience with her. She attended the London Meet a Mentor event in October 2014. Although she studied marketing […]

Mentoring for a business that cares

Michelle Smith and her business partner Tina Churchill are both registered nurses with a wealth of experience in palliative care. They set up their business, Who Supports You, earlier this year. A unique and much needed concept, the business runs workshops nationwide for businesses, schools and other organisations to help them create a supportive framework […]