Training tool aims to improve small business mentoring

Wednesday 15 February 2012

Small business mentors have been given to access to a new training tool, helping them to provide effective support to entrepreneurs.

Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative has launched the online facility as part of the Get Mentoring scheme launched in November 2011.

The initiative has been designed to help 15,000 new mentors deliver the benefit of their expertise to small businesses in the UK.

Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk said the training tool is vital to help build the UK's growing network of trained mentors.

"Mentoring is a very effective way for aspiring entrepreneurs to get the help and support they need to succeed," he stated.

"It enables businesspeople to harness the knowledge and expertise of those who have been there and done it before."

Mr Prisk claimed it can be extremely rewarding for such 'experts' to use their skill and experience to help someone who is eager to learn.

"I would encourage business people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in mentoring as it really can help to give a new or growing business a boost in their development," the Cabinet minister added.

Phil Orford, chief executive of the Forum of Private Business said there is "a rich supply" of would-be mentors working in businesses across the country, willing to share their years of experience.

He explained that the new online course supports a consistent and quality approach to volunteer mentoring which is essential for new and growing businesses.

Posted by Jenny Arthur