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The Forum of Private Business fully supports the Get Mentoring initiative. We believe there is a rich seam of would-be mentors working in businesses across the country, willing to share their years of experience. Get Mentoring will provide the resource and material to turn ‘could-do’ into ‘can-do’ for those individuals and we will work hard to ensure any member of the Forum that wishes to take on a mentor role has a clear pathway to do so. We hope this collaboration will provide a real impact on growing businesses, which in turn will positively impact on the growth of UK Plc.
Phil Orford, Chief Executive, Forum of Private Business
We welcome involvement in this project. Mentoring is an extremely useful tool for all firms, and we know that start-ups that receive mentoring support are more likely to survive. It is important that mentors come from all walks of life, including those that have ran successful small businesses, so that they can offer a wide range of experience from different sectors for businesses to get the best out of their knowledge.
John Walker, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses
We have long seen a need for more support for new and fledgling businesses. Many of them would benefit from having an experienced businessperson guide them through the current stormy economic waters. This project gives us the opportunity to facilitate the development of many more competent mentors, in turn helping more businesses thrive and grow.
Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy - British Chambers of Commerce
Small business owners value talking to other entrepreneurs and we at ACBBA know from experience there is a lot of informal mentoring going on; we are happy to partner in a project that aims to enhance this form of support and mobilises and builds on the resources already present in the business community
Armando Pardo, Association of Community Based Business Advisers (ACBBA)
Shell LiveWIRE supports 1000s of young entrepreneurs each year. Our feedback shows that mentors are a key part of what many of them see as vital to support and growth of their business. Making access to mentors easy will enhance the prospects of many young people starting their journey as entrepreneurs and be a key factor for their success.
Stuart Anderson, Shell Livewire
All our research at the IoEE shows that informal mentoring is tremendously important and goes on day to day, helping business owners solve problems and seize opportunities as they arise. Having a mentor, or mentors, within your enterprise support network has proven invaluable to pre- start, start ups and existing small business owners. Mentoring reduces the mortality rate and increases the growth rate. At the IoEE we're very excited about this initiative to provide free training to small business owners that are willing to mentor others. It is an exact fit with how the Institute knows personal and business development takes place in enterprise and entrepreneurship. This will make thousands of our members into better mentors who will be able to help each other to survive and thrive.
Tony Robinson, Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE)
Lantra, the Sector Skills Council for the Environmental and Land based Businesses welcome the opportunity to be involved in this exciting initiative. Representing more than 260,000 businesses, the majority employing less than 5 people, Lantra recognise the need to encourage the development of services that support small businesses and business start ups such as this UK mentoring project. Mentoring, whilst appreciated by many businesses outside of the Land based sector, does not readily feature as a business support tool in the minds of many of our businesses. When businesses do consider using a mentor they often don’t know where to go to find one. Having a network of mentors that can be easily accessed and who know the issues facing small businesses will be a welcome part of the holistic business support service Lantra is hoping to develop for the sector.
Madge Moore, LANTRA
The National Enterprise Network are delighted to be involved in this UK wide mentoring project, our members have always appreciated the great benefit that mentoring brings, as a valuable element of a holistic business support service. Many people want to be a mentor to others starting up or running their own business, but often don’t appreciate exactly what is expected of them and what the boundaries are – this project is a great way for us to work with mentors to ensure that together we are providing a great opportunity to add value to the businesses we are supporting and in turn make their contribution to the much needed growth in the economy.”
Dawn Whiteley, National Enterprise Network (NEN)
The International Association of Book-keepers (IAB) applauds this initiative and has itself long campaigned for government funding to be provided to enable this type of vital support service by businesses for other businesses. IAB members have always appreciated the great benefit that mentoring brings, as many are themselves business owners and at initial start up and in the early stages of growth have benefitted from the support of more experienced IAB members and other entrepreneurs. This project will ensure that many more mentors are better prepared for their roles and therefore will improve and extent the mentoring available to new businesses. This will undoubtedly have a much needed, positive impact on UK business start-up success rates – benefitting not just the business owners, but the wider economy and employment.
Malcolm Trotter, International Association of Book-keepers (IAB)
PRIME is committed to supporting older people into enterprise and we are therefore delighted to be involved in this national mentoring initiative. PRIME is the only national UK charity which helps the over 50s get back into work through self-employment. Mentoring is a key aspect of our work. Through this partnership we are able to extend our influence and provide greater support to those starting, developing and growing their business.
Harri Harrison, PRIME