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Introducing A New FREE Business Mentor Programme By The Hive.

26th June 2023

Are you a budding entrepreneur with dreams of achieving great success but feel like you need guidance along your journey? Well, The Hive are delighted to announce the launch of our brand-new Business Mentor Programme led by Simon Parkes. Simon has bags of experience as a mentor. For some years he has been mentoring a North Somerset based business that is a Dragons Den success story.

A business mentor shares their knowledge, expertise, and insights to help the mentee develop their skills, overcome challenges, and achieve their professional goals. They offer guidance on various aspects of business based on their own personal experiences as an entrepreneur or business leader.

The focus of a mentor is often on personal and professional development, providing holistic guidance to help mentees navigate challenges, set goals, and grow both as individuals and business owners.

A mentor-mentee relationship is typically more long-term and involves building a trusted connection based on mutual respect and understanding.

Simon – “With a background in business and economics, I spent 35 years in a variety of roles with major IT service providers in this country and internationally. I have worked both for large corporate organisations and been a director of a small locally based start-up business which grew to 30 employees over 4 years. The majority of my time was spent in senior director and sales positions with a focus on new business acquisitions and development projects. Most recently I was divisional managing director of Civica, a large service provider to both the private and public sector. After semi-retirement I have continued to develop my interest in early-stage projects and business mentoring

Through one-on-one sessions Simon will take the time to understand your unique vision and challenges, providing you with invaluable guidance that aligns with your goals.

But that’s not all! As part of the programme, you will also gain access to a vibrant community of like-minded entrepreneurs. This community will serve as a support system where you can connect, collaborate, and learn from each other’s experiences.

The mentoring programme is fully funded, therefore free to North Somerset entrepreneurs. Your appointments can be either virtual or in-person.

To book your appointment : Call the hive on 01934 418118 or email

For more information, Visit The Hive’s website : Business Mentorship | the hive (

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