Mentoring Monthly for everyone supporting, signed up for, and interested in Get Mentoring.
Mentoring Monthly
The Get Mentoring team has been out and about this month meeting even more aspiring mentors and budding entrepreneurs to spread the word about the value of mentoring. The free training draws to a close at the end of the year, but there’s still time to get involved by attending one of the many workshops taking place across the country or by registering to do the training online.
At the MADE Festival in Sheffield, the team met with some of Britain’s top entrepreneurs and caught up with new Business and Enterprise Minister, MP Michael Fallon, who joined Get Mentoring at the Mentor–Mentee Matchmaking Lunch for a spot of networking. And still to come this month is the annual Mumpreneur Conference where Get Mentoring is handing over the award to the winner of the Best Supporting Business Award.
Also in this issue you’ll find 5 reasons to activate your IOEE membership, information on the great work being done by mentoring organisations, NEA providers and Local Enterprise Partnerships to support mentoring in your area, and, of course, we’ve another collection of inspirational case studies for you. We’ve spoken to "Bra Man" Gavin Sargent who’s put the skills learnt over years in the lingerie industry to good use by mentoring photographer Boo Marshall; chatted to Marion Barnett and Dominique Clark about the meeting of creative minds and discussed the inner workings of retail with FPB member Mark Terrell.
Gavin Sargent
Mentoring in Action: Gavin Sargent’s business success earned him the unusual nickname “The Bra Man”, but when he moved back to Norfolk in 2011 he decided to give support of a different kind through mentoring. Find out how he’s helped photographer Boo Marshall to realise the potential in her business here.
A Mentor's Story: Mark Terrell From stacking shelves and hauling sacks of potatoes around a warehouse to being the director of his own company and running two convenience stores in Chippenham, Forum of Private Business Member (FPB) Mark Terrell’s 28-year career in retail has given him a clear understanding of what it takes to run a business. Find out more here.
The Get Mentoring team is hugely excited about attending the Mumpreneur conference and awards this Sunday and are very proud to be sponsoring the Best Supporting Business Award. We're looking forward to meeting Mumpreneurs who are looking for mentors and volunteer mentors too. See the next issue to find out how it went and photos from the day.
Get Mentoring is joining the Business in You stand at Youth Enterprise Live on the 12/13th October. We're looking forward to meeting lots of enterprising young people at the show and finding out about all of the latest happenings in the world of youth enterprise. Pop over and say hello if you're planning to attend.
Marion Bennet
Mentoring in Action: Get Mentoring trained mentor, Marion Barnett and her mentee, Dominique Clark, have only recently started working together, but these two creative businesswomen have already built a successful mentor–mentee relationship. Together they have identified ways of diversifying Dominique’s business TextileSpirit and planning for the future. Find out more here.
Business Inspired Growth
Remember, if you've completed the free training from Get Mentoring and you're based in the North Yorks area, get in contact with Liz Barker to find out how you can make yourself available via the York/North Yorkshire/East Riding Enterprise Partnership's newly launched directory of business mentors. If you're based in the area and haven't completed the training you can train online on the website too. Take a look here.
Devon County Council
We’re delighted that Devon County Council recently launched their own mentoring platform, which helps to bring the online training to more aspiring mentors in the area and provides businesses with a way to find mentors in the area too. If you’re based in Devon take a look here.
Intuit 100Up Mentor Mentee matchmaking lunch
A good time was had by all at the MADE Festival's Mentor-Mentee Matchmaking Lunch last week. Get Mentoring trained mentors met with members of Intuit's 100Up programme to explore the potential for developing a mentoring relationship. We've had some great feedback so far and it looks like some follow-on mentoring sessions have already been arranged, so we'll be watching with interest over the coming months. As spaces were limited it was disappointing that we couldn't offer spaces to all of the mentors interested in attending. We're now exploring new opportunities to match mentors and will keep you posted. Thanks again to everyone who expressed interest in attending and everyone that that came along to the event. See some photos on Get Mentoring's facebook page.
MP Michael Fallon meets Ruth Lowbridge
New Business Minister, MP Michael Fallon, swung by the Get Mentoring stand at the MADE Festival last week to find out more about how volunteer mentors are supporting new and growing businesses. He also joined the Mentor-Mentee matchmaking lunch and chatted to some of the attendees taking part. Mr Fallon, who spoke at the Festival, strongly encouraged the young entrepreneurs to seek a business mentor to support them as they start and grow their business and announced that 22,000 mentors are now accessible via the Mentorsme portal. Find out more about his speech at MADE here.
SWOT Analysis
Mentoring in a Minute
SWOT Analysis – Performing SWOT Analysis is a great way for a mentee to analyse both their own business and that of their competitors.
By understanding Strengths and Weaknesses and identifying Opportunities and Threats, mentees are more likely to develop a coherent business strategy. As a mentor it is important that you encourage your mentee to think widely and creatively about these four areas. Could they turn certain threats into opportunities, for example? 
Remember, if you've completed the training there are Mentoring Organisations and NEA providers all over the UK looking for mentors ready for action. Drop them a line to let them know you're interested.
Training online in cafe
Not completed the training?
We know that you're busy juggling many commitments at home and work, so we’ve made it as easy as possible for you to do  the training in your own time. Register to complete the Introduction to Enterprise Mentoring course online at Get Mentoring
IOEE Mentor
If you’ve not yet activated your membership of the Instiute of Enterprise and Enterpreneurs, take a look at just a few of the reasons why you should join for FREE here.
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