Newcastle University Business School is running a pilot project called CAPTURED, which looks to match small firms looking to develop their business with senior managers and directors from large regional organisations.
The idea is that volunteer managers from large organisations can be a very short term ‘extended management team’ for the small firms. The small firm owner gets time to focus on their priorities with the guidance and support of an outside ‘sounding board’ and the managers/directors get to learn more about the lifeworld of an owner manager and develop their mentoring skills.
The university facilitates this through a briefing for the managers and then through 2 half-day workshops with the managers working with small firms.
So far the feedback from all parties is very positive, and we would love to have members of the Advanced Manufacturing Forum on board as we are currently looking to match with small firms from construction, engineering & manufacturing sectors.
It’s a really short pilot (6 months to June) and is proving very popular with small firms, having already recruited over 30 small regional businesses onto the project.
More details are available on the website: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/nubs/business/workwithacademics/captured/
Also attached are the criteria and information sheets for the ‘large’ firms which will provide more detail to help identify managers within your team/s and a recent article on the project by The Journal.
If you would like to get involved (either from a large or small firm perspective) please contact Angela Craggs, Captured Project Co-ordinator; firstname.lastname@example.org