Thousands of mentors ready to support small firms, says government

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A network of small business mentors has reached its target of 15,000 recruits, the government has announced.

The 15,000 mentors, who can be accessed through mentorsme.co.uk, are in addition to the 12,000 existing business mentors from 115 mentoring organisations that are also available through the website, bringing the total to 27,000.
 
The network, which is owned and operated by the British Bankers' Association, launched in July 2011 and is part of the £1.9m government-funded Get Mentoring project, by the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI), which aims to train experienced business people as mentors so as to share their expertise with new businesses.
 
"We have invested in mentoring because we know that good mentors can provide the practical advice and support that an entrepreneur needs to take their business idea to the next level," said business minister Michael Fallon.
 
"They have been there and done it and can pass that experience on. I want to encourage people to come forward and take advantage of the mentoring network."
 
SFEDI is hosting a series of 'Meet a Mentor' events over the next three months, to connect small firms with the volunteer business mentors.

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