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NEW - Fran's Company, Goal 17, Named in the Top 20 "Most Exciting and Impactful"

Leading Investment Firm, Smith&Williams, name Goal 17 in their Top 20 of "The Most Exciting and Impactful Emerging Companies"

Featured in 2020 edition of Enterprise Magazine, Goal 17 were highlighted for their ability to help engage and retain the best talent for their clients whilst at the same time addressing social problems.


In his opening remarks, Nick Travis, Head of Entrepreneurs, Smith & Williamson Investment Management LLP quoted Goal 17's Founder, Fran Boorman, noting that 'Business for Good is Good for Business" and highlighted that "It is increasingly unacceptable to conduct ‘bad business’. Customers and employees vote with their feet and want their time and money to be aligned with a purpose. This can translate into profits as businesses gain a competitive advantage by attracting and retaining the best talent."


Goal 17 are proud and determined to continue leading the way for a more diverse and socially...

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INSIGHT - Mentoring Vs Coaching – Avoid letting value to leak away from YOUR organisation?

insight mentoring Apr 06, 2020

Mentoring and Coaching are two disciplines with very similar skill-sets, both having the shared goal of improving the people within your organisation in order to better achieve your commercial objectives.

However, there are significant differences and applications. Are you making the common mistake of just focusing on Coaching and allowing value to leak away from your organisation? In this article we explore a cost and benefit comparison of Mentoring and Coaching and guide you towards unlocking your organisations hidden potential.


Coaching – A significant ongoing investment for a small number of beneficiaries

 Coaching Costs

A good coach can make a huge difference to an individual. However, getting a good quality coach often takes a significant investment. A 2019 report into UK Executive Coaching fees found that the mean average cost for a 2-hour coaching session was £1110. A basic level coach (only suitable for graduates and junior managers) costs from...

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INSIGHT - Surviving Coronavirus forced Agile Working

insight mentoring Mar 09, 2020

How do organisations keep their people engaged and motivated when they are working from home and social distancing? How do we keep the essential human connection and culture if everyone is dispersed? When emails and awkward online meetings won’t quite cut it, how are we all going to look out for each other and make sure we are all still working as a team?

The solution lies in a carefully designed mentoring programmes that becomes the web to connect people, in a way that still feels human. Good mentoring is more than just a natter over coffee, it is about employees looking out for each other, holding each other accountable, setting and achieving goals together and staying connected.

Imagine a workforce where, without having to invest in expensive coaches and motivators;

  • Every employee knows that someone is invested in their progress.
  • They have a written action plan and are working towards a set goal that is aligned with their organisation’s goal. Those goals are tracked...
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INSIGHT - The Intersection of Diversity and Mentoring to Survive the UK Skills Crisis

insight mentoring Dec 09, 2019

There is a skills crisis in the UK – Companies are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit  and hold onto the talent they need. Key shifts in human trends are beginning to threaten the sustainability of so many businesses.


  • The UK skills gap has now reached over 870,000 unfilled jobs

  • Staff attrition cost the UK economy £6.3bn last year

  • The job tenure of younger works has plummeted – Gen Z’s average is just 2.4 years and Gen Y’s just 1.2 years


Only those who act now will survive. In our modern world, attracting, retaining and engaging the precious resource of human skills requires a whole new paradigm. It requires a framework that supports new pools of talent and new ways of working.



Companies need to spread their recruitment nets further. Many are beginning to recruit from increasingly diverse backgrounds. This brings the benefits of opening roles to new...

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NEWS - WhiteHat and Goal 17 Partner to Support Young People to become Future Lead

event mentoring news Aug 27, 2019

On the 3rd October WhiteHat and Goal 17 will be celebrating an exciting new partnership with a special invitation event exploring how the world of work is changing, what companies can do to introduce a generation of diverse talent and what initiatives they can put in place to increase levels of engagement and improve staff retention.




WhiteHat, a tech start-up building an outstanding alternative to university through apprenticeships, and Goal17, a leading training company supporting businesses to engage and retain the best talent through mentoring, have partnered to promote sustainable business for the future.

Goal 17 provides the UK’s number one sports-led mentoring programme for business. They match corporate clients with homeless or vulnerable young people through an inspiring mentoring programme that transforms the organisations and lives of everyone involved. Their flagship programme combines online theoretical learning, 1.5 days’...

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INSIGHT - Mentoring: The Solder That Connects The Wires On Your Organisational Circuit Board

insight mentoring Aug 07, 2019

Creating effective teams in a business is like getting an electronic circuit board working. If the leader is the spark that creates the energy, then the people are the conductive wires that shoot that force around the organisation to the different functioning components. For our theoretical ‘organisational circuit board’ to function, every wire needs to be connected. As soon as one wire is not transmitting electricity effectively the circuit board breaks down. So, what is the solder that is holding these wires and components together, ensuring a strong and reliable connection? It is Mentoring.


When most people think of mentoring the image of a seasoned executive supporting a rising star fills their imagination. However, this is like just connecting one or two of the wires on your circuit board. To experience the real benefits of mentoring a company must go beyond individual relationships and have mentoring become part of the culture – where everyone is...

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NEWS - Fran Featured In Forbes: "The Company Revolutionizing Corporate Social Responsibility"

Goal 17 received a full feature article written up in Forbes this month. The article highlighted the work the company are doing to help companies increase their staff engagement and retention through developing a mentoring culture, whilst helping homeless young people. The article highlighted the companies innovative approach and social benefits it is creating. You can read the full article here

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