Today’s columnist, Michael Bell: The power of a good mentor

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The prime motivator my Results Hub company wasn’t financial – it was to give something back to the region’s business community.

I come from humble beginnings and I know the power of having a good mentor to achieve success.

I was born and raised on Sheffield’s Parson Cross council estate and my first job was as a motor mechanic.

A talent for sales was spotted early on and I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to swap my overalls for suit and went on to became a top car salesman for Kennings Group.

I launched Results Financial (financial services) from scratch in the 1990s and built it into a £3 million turnover company and sold it 13 years later – exactly as planned.

It was an incredible journey and I’d never have done it without the support of mentors and advisers.

Helen Sweet worked with me at Results Financial and we formed The Results Hub to provide mentoring to help small businesses develop and grow.

We’ve already had a dramatic effect on businesses that ‘plug in’ and join.

SD Goodlad Agriculture was the first business to join.

It was two brothers with a second-hand tractor. They’ve now got a thriving business which is growing by 40 per cent per year. Their client bank has increased by 20, they own a hedge cutter, slurry spreader and a new tractor. We expect them to grow and grow.

Chef Results have also experienced major success. Their turnover is now £3 million and they place chefs across the UK. They are a team of just seven. They have been experiencing 30 per cent growth per year.

Neil Anderson Media have doubled their client bank in under a year and launched a new range of social media packages to take their business to the next level. They have never been so busy.

Often you’re so busy running a business you don’t take the time to stand back and look at ways it can seriously be improved.

That’s what we specialise in.

We are actively targeting businesses launched by individuals in their 40s and 50s (and older) – we think this age group is often overlooked in terms of readily available support and guidance.

More people make life-changing decisions in their 40s and 50s and we want to be there for the people who decide to set up in business or need help with existing operations.