Jun 2018 / Communitree

Mini execs shine thanks to local business mentors

On Wednesday 27 June 2018, The EBP celebrated the end of its second ‘Mini Exec’ programme with a special celebration dinner at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Lincoln. The 17 mini execs, selected from schools across Lincolnshire, were brought together with their mentors, high-profile business leaders who are committed to nurturing new business talent.

The Mini Exec Club was set up in 2015 as the flagship programme for The EBP’s Communitree brand. Based on and supported by the Lincolnshire Executive Club, a bi-monthly networking dinner organised by Streets Chartered Accountants and Langleys Solicitors LLP, the scheme pairs young aspiring professionals with mentors from the Lincolnshire business community, allowing the worlds of business and education to interact in a focused and meaningful way.

Since the second programme launched in November last year, the mini execs have gained a unique insight into the world of work at top levels, staying in touch regularly with their mentors by email, phone and workplace visits. They have also been given support with university and job applications and even work experience placements.

Guest speaker Peter Watson, Managing Director at Distract, shared his impressive business journey so far, telling the mini execs about the lessons he’s learned along the way. Katherine Bolton, a student at Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy, also gave an inspiring speech about her mini exec experience. Katherine, who was mentored by Robert Willey, Managing Director at Househam Sprayers, said:

“I currently take business studies as one of my A-Levels and the classroom did not prepare me for the sheer amount of effort, time and commitment that it takes for a business to be successful and for a CEO to make their business the most competitive, innovative and ultimately the best it can be.

“Having the ability to engage with Robert and communicate with him about his business and the role that he has in his own company has shown me the determination and commitment required and has given me the motivation to work hard now so I can achieve this in the future.”

Kathryn Kerrigan, Head of Delivery at The EBP, said: “It’s no secret that getting in to the workplace can be enormously difficult for the younger generation. We believe that it’s imperative to equip young people with not only the right skills and ethics but also to provide real insights into the world of work, whatever their background. The Mini Exec Club wouldn’t be possible without the backing of our wonderful business mentors and we’re incredibly grateful to them for giving up their time to help kick-start the careers of our leaders of tomorrow.”

Kate Hindmarch, Partner at Langleys Solicitors LLP, who mentored Roya Banki, a student at Priory LSST said: “It’s been another great year for the Mini Exec Club. At Langleys, we’ve been involved from the start and Roya is my third mentee. I’ve really enjoyed being a mentor again – it’s a fantastic opportunity to help support and inspire young people, and I would highly recommend other businesses to get involved.”

If you are interested in being involved in the Mini Exec Club, please contact The EBP on 01522 574100 or email enquiries@the-ebp.co.uk.

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