College trains 500 mentors to support small business

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Sheffield College is training 500 business mentors as part of a new national project to support small and medium size businesses following the axing of Business Link.

The training programme is part of Get Mentoring – a drive led by the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative, which aims to help members of the small, medium and micro business community become qualified mentors and help other businesses to succeed.

Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative chief executive Ruth Lowbridge said: “Get Mentoring is about small and micro businesses helping each other to succeed.

“We know how important it is for those who have ‘been there and done it’ to pass on their valuable experience. Through this project new and growing businesses can benefit from real support and the volunteer mentors can also learn new ideas and enhance their own enterprise know-how.”

Sheffield College executive director, Julie Byrne, added: “We want to play our part in supporting local small and medium-sized businesses to ensure their long-term survival and success. We already have a strong track record of supporting and mentoring young entrepreneurs and are delighted to be involved in this project.”

The college is staging a series of one day training courses from December to March. Anyone interested in taking part should email mentoring@sheffcol.ac.uk.

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