Get Mentoring

Get Mentoring, led by the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI), recruited and trained thousands of business mentors in the UK from the small, medium and micro business community.

Looking for a trained mentor?

Once trained, mentors were deployed across a range of mentoring organisations accessible via, the national web portal that provides a single point of access to mentoring services. Additionally, all trained mentors are accessible via the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (which features on Mentorsme) by way of the IOEE's Mentee Bulletin. Visit the IOEE website for further information.

Looking for certificated mentor training?

If you are seeking professional recognition as a mentor the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs will be offering reduced rate membership and mentor recognition from 1st February 2013.

About the project

Get Mentoring:

    Raised awareness – of mentoring and why it matters.
  • Recruited and trained - micro, small and medium business mentors across the UK.
  • Built the evidence base – gathered the evidence of impact and promoted what works.
  • Shared ideas – helping to cement mentoring at the heart of enterprise culture.
  • Inspired vision and action from all – working with others to create a vision where micro, small and medium businesses helping each other is the norm.

Get Mentoring included a landmark agreement between the major UK business representative bodies and trade associations and the signing of the Get Mentoring pledge.

By cementing mentoring firmly at the heart of enterprise culture the project made a significant contribution to the UK’s drive for economic growth. Research has shown that 70% of small businesses that receive mentoring survive for five years or more, which is double the rate compared with non-mentored entrepreneurs, and 20% are more likely to experience growth. Consequently, this project was designed to not only boost capability and capacity in the UK’s small, medium and micro businesses, but also radically increase their survival rate.

Through £1.8m grant funding the government provided the financial support to ensure a quality approach to mentoring in the UK, whilst ‘going with the grain’ of how the enterprise community want to access support through helping each other. This funding included GEO-specific funding contributing to a activities that focus on gender equality in enterprise mentoring.

The project also developed and provided access to open source mentoring resources and mentor training platform.

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