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 Business Mentoring

tie.gifMentoring is very popular in workplaces and many companies offer mentoring opportunities to staff to improve their performance and to develop future leaders. The business benefits of successful mentoring include improved productivity and a more engaged workforce.

For many sole traders and small businesses it can be very helpful to find a business mentor from another company who can guide you through the process of starting or growing a company. They can be especially useful when it comes to advising on access to funding or avoiding some of the pitfalls entrepreneurship involves.

 

 

 

  • Types of busniness mentoring

    Pre Start-Ups

    Thinking of starting up your own business? Have a great idea but don’t know how to make it make money? Always wanted to work for yourself but not sure how to take the plunge? For all you budding entrepreneurs, have a look at these contacts for business mentors:

    Creative Junction http://www.creativejunction.org.uk/portfolio/route-350-2/

    If you are interested in a creative role or business idea, then Creative Junctions’ new Route 350 scholarship scheme couldbe the answer. With access to advice, work space and skills development there’s plenty of support available for those looking to develop their creativity.

     

    Princes Trust http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/need_help/enterprise_programme.aspx

    the Enterprise programme from the Prince’s Trust is a four stage course that involves a dedicated business mentor and can give you access to finance or start-up capital

    Young Enterprise hyperlink with http://www.young-enterprise.org.uk/

    From the “tenner” competition to the company programme young enterprise runs a wide variety of enterprise support activities some of which involve mentoring as part of the programme. Talk to your school, college or university to find out if they work with Young Enterprise

     

    SMEs and Non-profits

    Alternatively, if you’ve already set up your business and you are trying to make it grow have a look at these:

    Start Ups UK [hyperlink with http://startups.co.uk/mentoring/

    Great links and advice on business mentoring options nationally as well as articles on the benefits of mentoring for businesses.

    Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)    [hyperlink with http://www.fsb.org.uk/mentoring

    The FSB is a national organisation which has a strong local presence. They have some good information on mentoring options and a nationwide initiative called Get Mentoring.

    Berkshire Business Growth Hub [hyperlink with http://www.berkshirebusinesshub.co.uk/

    The Growth Hub is a great source of local information for any business looking to expand and they have new information all the time. Just run a search for mentoring on the site and see what’s happening locally!

    Slough Business and Community Partnership [hyperlink with http://www.sbcp.co.uk/new/for-communities/

    If you are a not for profit business, social enterprise or charity you may be able to get a mentor from the Slough Business Community Partnership. They have a strong mentoring programme which matches business professionals from private sector businesses to people working in third sector organisations.

    Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)    [hyperlink with http://www.fsb.org.uk/mentoring

    The FSB is a national organisation which has a strong local presence. They have some good information on mentoring options and a nationwide initiative called Get Mentoring.

    Berkshire Business Growth Hub [hyperlink with http://www.berkshirebusinesshub.co.uk/

    The Growth Hub is a great source of local information for any business looking to expand and they have new information all the time. Just run a search for mentoring on the site and see what’s happening locally!

    Slough Business and Community Partnership [hyperlink with http://www.sbcp.co.uk/new/for-communities/

    If you are a not for profit business, social enterprise or charity you may be able to get a mentor from the Slough Business Community Partnership. They have a strong mentoring programme which matches business professionals from private sector businesses to people working in third sector organisations.

    For more information on starting your own business, make sure you visit the Enterprise Centre in Your City. [Hyperlink whole sentence with http://slough.elevateme.org.uk/my-city.htm?building=93&floor=569

     

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