Jennings Presents: a business mentoring service for existing business owners in South Oxfordshire

Running your own business is an emotional rollercoaster which only people who have experienced it can understand. It can be very hard to talk about the stress and anxiety, or indeed about the excitement, when so few seem to really understand. As a result we can feel quite lonely.

Our mentors are all business owners. They have shared the same journey that you are on and they do understand, and they are prepared to give their time as volunteers to share their experiences and in so doing help you to understand better.

We will listen to you, be interested in you, and try to help you to see things differently.

If you just want a quick chat before applying, then call Mike Jennings on 07710-602206

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“My mentor is a great sounding board. he has the experience of what it is like to run a successful business. if you don’t have any other options to bounce ideas off then why not give it a try?”

What is mentoring?

A mentor is someone who has travelled the same journey and is able to share experiences. 

A good mentor values the client and creates an environment of trust and confidentiality so that the client feels comfortable talking with honesty and openness about their business without the fear of being judged. 

A good mentor is comfortable sharing their mistakes and failures more so than their successes, because they know that their greatest learning has come from their failures.

There is no ‘us and them’ in mentoring….we are all in it together, and we stand as equals. Our mentors often express how much they learn from their clients and that helps them in their own business.

How it works

Apply by scrolling down to “I'd like to try it”, fill in th eform and send it. You will be linked to a member of our team who will contact you for an initial conversation.

If you are in our area we will arrange a face to face session. Sessions are about 90 minutes, they are free, confidential, and you can use the service as often as you need to.

If you are outside our area we will try to link you up with one of our experienced mentors in Oxfordshire, some of whom have expressed an interest to continue in their own right.

Mentors are not advisors. We will never tell you what to do. We act as a sounding board and this helps you work out your own solutions. Many of our clients come with one issue, but often mentoring uncovers other deeper problems which need resolving first.

By clicking “I'd like to try it” you are making no commitment, except to better understand your own business journey.

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“My mentor helped me to look forward, something i haven’t been doing. i came out with inspiration for ways to go forward in the future and i learnt how to be grateful for what i have in front of me.”

About us

Jennings Business Mentors really is a unique service. It is the only business mentoring service in the UK which is free, confidential, independent, and where the mentors are exclusively current business owners. Each mentor gives whatever time they can spare. As fellow business owners you will find that our mentors understand the emotional journey of business. We have faced our own anxieties and uncertainties, and we understand from first-hand experience how our passion can carry us through. As a result we do not judge, but rather we seek to understand and clarify based on our experience. We offer you an empathetic listening ear. Our aim is to reduce your anxieties so that you are free to make clear decisions about your business. We will never make the decision for you. We love to hear about your passion for your business and it inspires us.

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How it all started

Mike Jennings had been involved in business advice for many years. He felt that the support available in Oxfordshire could be improved and decided to set up his own service. He asked some of his business tenants if they would join him, and to his surprise they all agreed. He realised that what he had created was unique. The mentors were all business owners and they would both empathise with the clients, and not take away the clients’ independence by telling them what to do. Mentors reported how much they learned from the clients and that helped them with their own business. We had a win/win situation on our hands. We had created a service based on equality and independence.

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