Small business mentoring, Bristol

We are looking for friendly, committed business people who will give up a small amount of their time to support people who have a great business idea that needs unlocking and developing. The role is potentially very rewarding and will make a huge difference to the local economy.

Mentors will help people who are currently out of work and who either want to become self-employed or start a small business. This is under the New Enterprise Allowance Scheme  (NEA).

The programme provides support, encouragement, guidance and some money to ensure new businesses are created locally. It also includes mentor support to help people through the early stages of starting a business and we are looking for local businesses to help with this.

Who would be ideal to provide a small business mentoring service?

If you are approachable, a good listener and have run or managed a small business, you could become a valuable asset to those thinking of starting a business.

What does the small business mentoring service provide?

Mentors meet with potential business people and provide encouragement about a business idea they may have. This is usually around one hour a week during the first two months and then one to two hours per month for up to six months thereafter.

Mentors help to shape the idea and explore whether any money can be made from it. The ongoing support helps to ensure good business decisions are made, to help the business survive and flourish.

Who are we trying to help and what do they need?

Mentees are people local to Bristol who are currently unemployed. They have some experience and skills but many lack confidence to know what to do next. They need someone to give them guidance about how to get started on the journey into self-employment.

For an informal discussion about the programme, please contact Liz Sands on 0117 314 4614