In this episode, Ken finds out about the fully funded coaching integrated into the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument programme.
He talks to Bernd Reichert, Head of Unit for SMEs in the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) in Brussels. Bernd explains the reasons for integrating (and funding) the coaching service within SME Instrument. Jasper Hemmes, coaching manager in EASME talks about the unexpected results companies experience.
The ability to "see ourselves as others see us" (from the poem To a Louse by the Scottish poet Robert Burns) is a gift few of us take advantage of. Coaching offers an outsiders view. It reveals things business owners no longer see, whether that is shabby carpet or a major omission in their business model or team.
There is evidence that businesses who receive coaching support stay on the market longer than those that do not.
Don Cullinane, is a business innovation coach for SME Instrument. He tells Ken about being on both sides of the coaching process.
Alison Munro director of Sector Innovation at Scottish Enterprise talks about the value of coaching in the context of current Scottish business support.
And finally, Camille Moran explains how coaches are appointed to companies.
Want to become a coach? You can register to become a coach here.
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