The day to day running of a business is filled with challenges and demands that allow you little time to step back and work on the future of the business.
Committing as little as a couple of hours a month to take an objective and broader view of your business can reap huge benefits for you, your business and often your turnover and profit as well.
That's where a Mentor-net Mentor can help you. The mentor's role is to support, stimulate and challenge, using their own extensive skills, knowledge and experience to help you view your business in a different light, spot opportunities for development and implement the changes needed for a strong future.
Mentor-net offers business support for small businesses through mentoring across the south of England. It is a confidential business support service provided by the not-for-profit Mentor-net programme and volunteer Business Mentors, who are drawn from experienced members of the business community and the professions.
What does Mentor-net do?
Mentor-net recruits experienced business people to act as Volunteer Business Mentors, trains and supports them, linking them with trading businesses in need of Mentoring support.
Each mentor is recruited and selected on a combination of factors:
- Business experience and knowledge
- Understanding of the issues and concerns of small businesses in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
- Ethical standards in business dealings
- Ability to mentor others as individuals and in the context of their business
All Mentors receive induction training, ongoing support and are required to sign a code of ethics.
Mentor-net Mentors are either recently retired or currently established business people with a unique blend of business and life experience. They benefit from having ‘been there and done that' and they are willing and keen to share their skills, knowledge and networks with other existing businesses on a voluntary basis.
When you request a Mentor Mentor-net take time to try and find the right match of skills, experience and personality. This may mean a delay before you are introduced to a suitable person, but it is important to ensure the right ‘fit' so that you and the Mentor have an effective working relationship from day one.