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Sarah Berthon founder of Excel against the Odds

At Excel against the Odds (EatO) I believe in supporting people with chronic illnesses to have successful careers and businesses. I strongly believe that everyone should have the fundamental right to either run their own business or work as an employee, regardless of their health status and that their health and wellbeing should be a top priority. Public Health England state that 1 in 3 of the working age population in England report having at least one condition and it is believed that by 2030 40% of the working age population will have at least one longterm health condition. It is imperative that people with chronic illnesses are supported in as many ways as possible to enable them to earn a living. Excel against the Odds in comprised of three parts. The first one is Entrepreneurs against the Odds, where I offer one to one mentoring, a free Facebook community and a membership (coming soon!). I also mentor employees that are living with chronic illnesses in Employees against the Odds. The third part is Employers against the Odds where I advise corporate organisations on how to best support their employess with chronic illnesses. Please see below for more details.


Entrepreneurs against the Odds

I fully support existing and aspiring business owners to work within the confines of their illness and successfully run their businesses. I am a business and chronic illness mentor providing advice and guidance on how to best run a business while also protecting the health of the business owner – see Entrepreneurs against the Odds

Employees against the Odds

I am here to provide support for employees with chronic illnesses who wish to pursue a successful working life, without comproming their health. This can be done through mentoring one-to-one sessions and can also tie in with the support that I can give to their employers – see Employees against the Odds

Employers against the Odds

I guide and encourage organisations to be fully supportive of their employees and their chronic illness, whilst raising awareness of the benefits of employing people with long term illnesses. This can be done in a number of ways including workshops, lunch ‘n learns and mentoring – see Employers against the Odds


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Excel against the Odds has been given the honour of being included in the Small Biz 100 in 2021. This campaign showcases inspiring, independent businesses from across the country and marks the countdown to Small Business Saturday. See here for more details