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About the Programme

About the Programme

Britain’s largest banks have joined forces to support a network of business mentors across Britain

Business mentors will normally offer wide-ranging business experience or expertise in a particular area, such as finance, marketing or exports. They will act as your trusted confidant over a flexible period of time, although you should be clear on what you can and cannot expect from them.
Your mentor will:
• Provide an outside perspective on both you and your business
• Listen in confidence to the matters that worry you
• Share their own experience of both failure and success
• Offer friendly, unbiased support and encouragement
• Provide honest and constructive feedback
• Provide a sounding board for your business ideas
• Help you with decision-making by suggesting alternatives
• Give you access to contacts and networks that might be able to help your business development

Your mentor will not:
• Provide a counseling service
• Invest in your business
• Give specific technical business advice, which would normally be provided by an expert business adviser
• Offer any training or coaching
• Take credit for the success of your business away from you

How often will we meet?
That depends on what you agree with your mentor. Current mentoring relationships seem to last about 12 months and meet monthly for up to 2 hours.

Where will we meet?
That depends on what you agree with your mentor, we recommend coming away from your workplace if that is possible.

How long will it take to find a mentor?
We try to match mentors to mentees on geographical location in addition to business requirements, sometimes mentors in your specific area may already be mentoring and you may have to wait for a relationship to end. We endeavour to match you within 6 weeks of application.