The Association of Business Mentors (ABM) and the Institute of Directors (IoD) collaborates to support their members with professional mentoring and development opportunities, creating an industry-leading combination of two essential practices that drive business success and growth.

The ABM believes in the power of collaboration. As set out in our call-to-action, published earlier this month, we call on government, policy makers and the business community to work together to ensure that today’s businesses are supported by trusted, experienced and dynamic professional business mentors. 

The collaboration sees IoD members matched with experienced and qualified ABM mentors. In parallel, ABM members have the opportunity to join the IoD community.  

Activating the Power of Mentoring

Many business owners and leaders are still unaware of the tremendous positive impact that working with a professional mentor and undertaking professional development will have on their business. The expertise and skill of a well-matched professional mentor has the power to transform the growth and viability of businesses, from financial health, operational growth and sector success to employee health and well-being. Having the opportunity as a business owner and leader to develop professional skills helps ensure that businesses can succeed and thrive in today’s economic landscape.

Simon Fordham, ABM Chair says

“The opportunity for ABM members to mentor IoD members is an exciting development for the professional business mentoring landscape and business community. Professional mentors are the “secret weapon” for business success, bringing huge value to businesses. We look forward to mentoring the UK’s leading Directors, helping their businesses to grow and prosper.

Jon Geldart, IoD Director General added 

"I am pleased to announce this collaboration with the ABM. Just like our professional development courses, which are run by directors for directors, IoD members will now be able to benefit from the experience of business leaders who have ‘been there and done it’. Directors of businesses of all sizes can benefit from the external perspective and fresh insight that a mentor can bring."

The collaboration demonstrates the vital role that professional business mentoring and development has on the business community and future success of the UK economy. The two organisations are also working closely to develop more initiatives over the coming months. 

Benefits of the Collaboration

As part of this collaboration, ABM Full Members have the opportunity to be matched as mentors with members of the Institute of Directors seeking professional mentoring support.

ABM Full Members will:

  • Offer a no obligation 30-minute consultation with an IoD member seeking mentoring from an ABM Full Member.
  • Provide an introductory offer of six professional mentoring sessions (60-90 minutes each) for the price of five (charged at the Mentor’s usual rate).
  • Receive 25% discount on the first year of IoD Full Membership when quoting an ABM membership number and discount code ABM25.
  • Receive 15% discount on room hire in the IoD’s business centre and function rooms at 116 Pall Mall (London) when quoting an ABM membership number and discount code ABM15

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To find out more information about this collaboration and available discounts head to your ABM Partnership page.

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Are you an ABM Member? 

Get in touch via [email protected] for more information about benefits or head to the Partnership section on the ABM Member Portal.

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