We know that community care and support services value support, advice and mentoring especially when they are starting a new enterprise or making big changes to one that is already established. There are a number of established schemes and programmes that match start-up and small enterprises (in every business sector) with experienced business people, specialists and experts in mentoring arrangements. Most of these programmes offer this service free of charge. Small Good Stuff has researched all these different mentoring programmes and gathered information together about:
- who runs it
- how it is accessed
- what it might offer you
The table that we have compiled reflects our findings. Given that such programmes can change over time, it is suggested that this table be used as a ‘starting point’ rather than a definitive guide. It only profiles programmes that have a national reach and we know that there are likely to be initiatives available that are regional or local area-specific. They should be able to be identified through the schemes profiled in our table, as well as through local media and local business networks. It also presents those programmes that principally do not charge for the mentoring support available – there are numerous mentoring practices and consultants who make a direct charge for their support, and they are not profiled in our table; however, individual private mentors that are in membership of the national mentoring trade body (the Association of Business Mentors) are profiled on their website: http://www.associationofbusinessmentors.org
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