Published: February 25, 2020 | Updated: February 25, 2020

New event for companies up to £500k as Dorset Business Mentors and FSB join forces

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Owners of businesses with a turnover of up to £500,000 are invited to attend a new quarterly event.

Dorset Business Mentors is launching The Knowledge Exchange Network in Bournemouth as a joint initiative with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

The first is held on Thursday March 19 from 4.30pm to 7pm at The Fusion Building, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University.

The Network events are formatted to assist owners to create valuable B2B connections and relationships.

It is a confidential peer-2-peer platform to share challenges, knowledge and ideas  for mutual support and learning.

The events will also provide an opportunity to discover the benefits of having the support of a business mentor and learn about the services and forthcoming opportunities offered by the FSB and Dorset Business Mentors.

They include skills development masterclasses that complement those offered by the Dorset Growth Hub.

Places are strictly limited to 30 for the first event.

Early booking is recommended at

Charlotte Bowater, Joint Programme Manager, Dorset Business Mentors, pictured left, said: “In 2019 I launched facilitated networking events for clients benefitting from Dorset Business Mentors’ service.

“These proved a sell-out success, popular because they enable business owners to meet peers, and to benefit from coming out of isolation to share experience and knowledge exchange.

“I am delighted to now offer our popular format to a wider audience in partnership with the FSB”

Dorset Business Mentors is acknowledged as the centre of excellence for business mentoring in the South.

It is known for the accuracy and effectiveness of matching mentor skills to business need at all stages of the business cycle.

Funding enables all business owners to access affordable 1:1 support and expertise from among its incomparable 125 senior Exec-level volunteer mentors.

The FSB service includes the highly regarded 24/7 legal advice, health & safety and financial expertise and cost-effective tax investigation insurance.