Back to Business Mentoring and Coaching Programme


ISME Skillnet are delighted to announce our new Back to Business Mentoring & Coaching Programme, a fully-funded initiative for ISME Members

Business coaching and mentoring have long been recognised as a highly effective method to review, improve and grow a business, however it can prove to be costly and out of reach for many small businesses.

We want to change this for ISME members. We are offering all members the opportunity to apply for a fully-funded business coaching and mentoring programme.

How many businesses will benefit? 

This fund will allow ISME to engage 60 businesses and develop new ideas and strategies they wish to implement. The six hours with a business coach/mentor will provide an organisation with the right skills, tools, and competencies to develop their business.

Who can apply?

Private sector businesses based in Ireland with between 5 and 250 employees are eligible to participate in the ISME Back to Business initiative. You must be an existing ISME member to avail of this programme.

Before applying please consider shortfalls in your current business performance and how you think you might be able to do better. Also, think about what you would like to achieve from the programme. For example, you may wish to:

  • Develop your leadership skills.
  • Develop your people skills.
  • Improve your public speaking or presentation skills.
  • Achieve a better work/life balance.
  • Develop high-performance teams in your business.
  • Develop career trajectories or five-year plans for you and your teams.
  • Identify and set strategic goals for your business.


Speaking about the programme Neil McDonnell, Chief Executive, ISME said:

“We are delighted to be able to bring this programme to our members. So many businesses will have to re-engineer, re-direct or pivot their businesses because of this pandemic. But there is help available from experienced mentors who have been there before. This is an immensely valuable programme, and we wish the very best to the 60 businesses who avail of it."