WinWeb.com, suppliers of software for small and medium sized businesses, has today announced a unique way of engaging, helping and working with its small business customers.
The company, which provides software to around 100,000 small and medium sized companies in the UK, will now enable all of its customers to have access to a business mentor to support them as they run their business.
This has been achieved by collaborating with the IOEE (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs), the UK’s first entrepreneurs learning Institute. The Institute explicitly recognises and rewards the enterprise skills and know how gained by people who successfully start and run their own enterprise.
As part of its activities, the IOEE is building a community of business mentors who have been recognised according to the informal or formal learning they have achieved. The IOEE mentoring service has national backing and has been set out as a key recommendation in the FSB’s white paper, ‘Vision for a National Mentoring Scheme’.
Stefan Topfer, CEO of WinWeb.com, and himself a successful entrepreneur as founder of Nacamar Group, said:
“Our software has been developed with a real understanding of the needs of small and medium sized businesses, providing support for every aspect of running a business, from business planning, to cashflow forecasts, it allows business owners to manage every aspect of their business and analyse its progress”.
Topfer goes on to say, “Our collaboration with the IOEE will add even further value by connecting people with others that have been in their shoes. The small business mortality rate in the UK currently stands at 60% - something has to change and I believe WinWeb.com and the IOEE can facilitate that change”
The software also enables mentees to give their mentors access to some of their business planning data so that they can support on real information such as business goals, objectives, cashflow or growth forecasts.
The IOEE has been very supportive of WinWeb’s approach, Nat Hardwick, CEO of IOEE, says; “there was a natural partnership with IOEE and WinWeb, the software enables business owners to consider every aspect of their business to mitigate risk and those business owners with mentors are 25% more likely to succeed”.
The newly launched IOEE is powered by SFEDI, the UK expert and accreditation body which has for fifteen years researched and identified best practice in enterprise skills and support.
Tony Robinson OBE, SFEDI Founder says,
"We all know how vital enterprise is to the economy, society and especially as the main creator of new jobs but we're not that good in the UK at recognising the people who are their own bosses.
Recognition of IOEE members will encourage more people to start and run their own business as they realise that this is a professional and worthwhile career option, at any age, which requires specific skills and know how to succeed. It's just that you don't learn these skills and know how in a classroom."
To cement the relationship between the two organisations, WinWeb is giving all IOEE members free access to their business planning software and the IOEE is recognising the learning and development that using the WinWeb system provides by giving WinWeb users eligibility to join and a reduced cost membership.
Nathan Hardwick, IOEE CEO says,
“We’re delighted with the collaboration, it’s a great opportunity for IOEE members to access a development tool which we believe is really in tune with the needs of small businesses and it enables a whole new community of business owners to access business mentors”.
1. The IOEE is a not-for-profit organisation developed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. It is a learning Institute for the purpose of enabling personal and enterprise development. It is supported by many small business membership and business support organisations in the UK and is independent from government. www.ioee.co.uk
2. SFEDI (Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative) is the UK expert and standards setting body for Enterprise and Enterprise Support. www.sfedi.co.uk
3. WinWeb www.winweb.com WinWeb.com supplies small business software, eCommerce products and business services to small businesses around the world. WinWeb.com has a vision of building a society of economically independent people who are entrepreneurs and socially engaged, helping not only individuals but also society as a whole to prosper. WinWeb.com leads the field in the on-demand online business software (SaaS) market, delivering primarily to the 1-10 SOHO and Micro Business Market.
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