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Mentoring Monthly
Welcome to Mentoring Monthly. It’s been a soggy few weeks, but that hasn’t dampened the spirits of the Get Mentoring scheme. With the end of the initiative in sight we have been scouring the country for every opportunity to spread the word about volunteer enterprise mentoring.
In this issue we will update you on the success of the High Five campaign, a collaboration between Get Mentoring and Lloyds Banking Group, raising £5 for every person who completes the initiative’s online training. We will report back on the PRIME conference held in London where mentoring was top of the agenda for business experts discussing the future for senior entrepreneurs. There’s been lots of great activity surrounding Global Entrepreneurship Week which took on a mentoring theme this year through the ‘Pass It On’ campaign. As always we’ve been speaking to some of our brand new mentors who promise to bring a deluge of knowledge and experience to the scheme. And there’s plenty more in this e-newsletter to keep you informed and entertained as you shelter from the elements.
If you are interested in getting involved with enterprise mentoring – whether to find new opportunities, meet people, or just give something back to society – head to and learn more.
Kerri Lister
Mentoring played a big part in the success of Mumpreneur Kerri Lister’s businesses, which is why she feels it is important for her to help other entrepreneurs in the same way. We spoke to her about working whilst at the school gates, camaraderie between parent entrepreneurs and the help of an understanding partner. (Photo: courtesy of  Jude Middleton) more
Seyi Olusanya
High-end wedding and events co-ordinator Seyi Olusanya started her business after being asked for advice from friends and families to plan occasions. Now she’d like to use her knowledge and experience to help new businesses find their feet. Find out why she thinks that mentoring comes naturally to Mumpreneurs like herself. more
Kate Saunders
Kate Saunders’ business, Blackberry Cottage, earned her a nomination for Best Product at the Mumpreneur Awards 2012. Running two businesses whilst raising children is a tricky balancing act for anybody, but Kate believes that with a little support there are many parent entrepreneurs in the UK who could enjoy the same success as her. She told Mentoring Monthly that is why she volunteered to become an enterprise mentor. more
Mentors can help PRIME business entrepreneurs
The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME) held The Senior Enterprise and Mentoring Conference at the BT Centre in London this month. Ruth Lowbridge (pictured), the Executive Chair of SFEDI, which leads the Get Mentoring scheme, spoke at the conference where it was heard that more mentors are needed to support over 50s entrepreneurs get back to work. Read more here
GEW High Impact
We were delighted this week to receive notification that the events and activities we ran alongside Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012 have been recognised as High Impact. We thoroughly enjoyed getting involved in GEW, especially as the theme this year was 'Pass it On' - perfect for Get Mentoring. It was fantastic to see so many events with a mentoring theme involved in the campaign. Read our guest blog on the GEW site here - 'Pass it on and get mentoring!'.
Chris Kenna
As Managing Director and Executive Producer of his own production company at just 30, former soldier, model and actor Chris Kenna tells us that he enrolled on the Get Mentoring scheme to help save others the sleepless nights he had during that nerve-wracking first year of trading. more
The Business Show
November has been jam packed for the Get Mentoring team, with a schedule or events running alongside Global Entrepreneurship Week and beyond. Hello to the new mentors and businesses looking for mentors that we met this month at The Business Show at Olympia (pictured), Independent Retail Show at the NEC, London Business Village at The British Library, and the Women in Business Awards in Leeds. It's been busy and inspiring, with very positive messages about the benefits of mentoring throughout.
All mentors who have completed the Introduction to Enterprise Mentoring training receive free membership to the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE). Among the many benefits is the new ‘mentee directory’, which enables mentors to actively seek out business owners in need of help and support. Don’t wait for a mentee to find you, visit the IOEE website now, select your region and Get Mentoring.
Award-winning Yorkshire business women join forces to offer free mentoring
Previously featured mentor, Janet Bebb, along with the three other volunteer mentors, have joined forces to help future business women by offering to mentor one lucky winner or team of winners.Read more here
Start Up Loans
James Caan needs Start-Up Loans Mentors!
As announced at the end of May, James Caan, was appointed by Lord Young as Chairman of the Board on the government initiative Start Up Loans (SUL). Set up to distribute £82.5 million to under 25s SUL supports aspiring young entrepreneurs by providing everything they need to start a business - including finance and mentoring which will help them to navigate the challenges when starting-up. If you want to take part in this great initiative and become a SUL Mentor, please click here.
Get your skates on and Get Mentoring
With the fully funded Get Mentoring training drawing to a close at the end of this year there's just one month left to get yourself enrolled on a free mentor training workshop. Remaining workshops are in Cambridge, Croydon, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, London, Oxford, Birmingham and Nottingham. Read more about the free training here.
Mentors earn Young Enterprise a big High Five
Thanks to the efforts of thousands of volunteer mentors and Lloyds Banking Group, nearly £10,000 has been raised for Young Enterprise in November. Lloyds donated £5 to the UK’s largest enterprise charity for every mentor who completed Get Mentoring’s fully-funded online learning, ensuring that the initiative supported both the current crop and future generations of business owners. Find out why Lloyds Banking Group supports mentoring below. They have now agreed to extend the offer into December until they've reached their £10,000 goal. We're very close, so please complete the online training soon to help their full donation reach Young Enterprise. Read more.
Throughout November, Lloyds Banking Group has donated £5 to Young Enterprise for every volunteer who has completed free online mentor training. Lloyds Banking Group has taken a lead role in the Business Finance Taskforce mentoring initiative and actively promotes the benefit of mentoring for new and growing businesses. The bank is keen to encourage businesses from across the UK to engage in mentoring. Mentoring manager, Jackie Jenks explains why here.
Want a quick preview of the online learning and how it works? Take a look at this short video on giving a quick run-through of what to expect once signed up. Click here to access the screencast.
Looking for a Mentor? Find out about over 100 mentoring organisations across the UK at Mentorsme. Search by location and stage of business to find a shortlist of organisations that might be able to help.
Looking for volunteer mentoring opportunities? If you've completed the training many Mentoring Organisations and NEA Providers are keen to hear from you. Remember to activate your IOEE membership too so that those businesses that are being signposted to the IOEE to find volunteer mentors can find you.
Mentoring in a Minute – Our monthly taster of the principles taught through the Get Mentoring scheme. 
This week: Using the Head as well as the Heart.
An entrepreneur must invest time and energy into a new business – and with this comes an emotional attachment. While this ensures that a business owner stays motivated, it can cause them to become closed off to suggestions. A mentor’s role is to help an entrepreneur take a more detached view and see how things might be done differently. Encouraging a business owner to explore all the options will help them to come to the best decision for their enterprise – using their head as well as their heart to make balanced judgements.
Mentoring Monthly caught up with Ashley Whittley, development manager of UnLtd in Northern Ireland, to ask her how working with Get Mentoring has helped them provide support for social entrepreneurs. Find out more here.
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