Get Mentoring was a public-private sector partnership initiative to unlock, train and support a community of enterprise mentors across the UK. Their aim was to recruit and train thousands of mentors from the micro, small and medium-sized business community.
Get Mentoring, led by the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI), recruited and trained thousands of business mentors in the UK from the small, medium and micro business community.
Once trained, mentors were deployed across a range of mentoring organisations accessible via mentorsme.co.uk, the national web portal that provides a single point of access to mentoring services.
The project was grant assisted by BIS and ran from September 2011 until December 2012. You can still get free access to the online learning, useful information and mentoring resources gathered and developed throughout the project.
About the project - Get Mentoring:
- Raised awareness of mentoring and why it matters
- Recruited and trained - micro, small and medium business mentors across the UK
- Built the evidence base gathered the evidence of impact and promoted what works
- Shared ideas helping to cement mentoring at the heart of enterprise culture
- Inspired vision and action from all working with others to create a vision where micro, small and medium businesses helping each other is the norm
By cementing mentoring firmly at the heart of enterprise culture the project made a significant contribution to the UK's drive for economic growth. Research has shown that 70% of small businesses that receive mentoring survive for five years or more, which is double the rate compared with non-mentored entrepreneurs, and 20% are more likely to experience growth.
Through £1.8m grant funding the government provided the financial support to ensure a quality approach to mentoring in the UK, whilst ‘going with the grain' of how the enterprise community want to access support through helping each other.