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Mentoring Monthly
Welcome to October’s Mentoring Monthly, packed full of all the tricks and treats of the mentoring trade, just in time for Halloween.
In this instalment we’ve got an exciting announcement about the High Five campaign running in conjunction with Lloyds TSB and Young Enterprise. Also in the melting pot this month we have updates on Get Mentoring workshops running across the UK, mentoring opportunities through the North Yorkshire and Cumbrian LEPs and details of this year’s Local Business Accelerators programme which is set to utilise Get Mentoring trained mentors. The initiative is to be fronted by entrepreneur and TV Dragon, Deborah Meaden.
Mentoring Monthly also chatted to another batch of newly-trained mentors keen to help business owners work through thrilling but sometimes scary early days of owning an enterprise.
The Get Mentoring team have been spookily busy over the past few weeks, attending festivals, events and shows. Read all about it in this newsletter, and remember, the funded training only runs until the end of the year, so if you or anybody you know is interested in becoming a volunteer enterprise mentor, head over to our website at for all the information on what you need to do.
Leighann Kirby
Mumpreneur Leignann Kirby: Leighann Kirby met the Get Mentoring team at the Mumpreneur Awards in Birmingham last month where she picked up the prize for Best Saleswoman. Always keen to see award-winning professionals share their experience through the scheme, we were delighted when the Travel Counsellor from Shrewsbury decided to enrol as a volunteer enterprise mentor. Find out why she believes Mumpreneurs make perfect mentors here.
Dawn Brown
A Mentors Story: Dawn Brown from Sheffield says that the support of her mentor and business partner has enabled her to run a successful company – something she never thought she’d be able to do. She hopes that through mentoring she can show others how a bit of guidance and a lot of hard work can get you a long way. Read more here
Local Business Accelerators
This year’s Local Business Accelerators competition, run by local and regional newspapers, will be utilising Get Mentoring-trained mentors through the IOEE and mentoring organisations to support fast-growing businesses across the country. The overall winner of this year-long programme sponsored by Business in You will receive mentoring from entrepreneur and Dragon Deborah Meaden as well as a full advertising campaign designed by a top London agency. Learn more about the competition here
Entrepreneurs and small company owners will be able to raise funds for their company through the new Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) launched this month. The government-backed initiative to promote new enterprise and boost economic growth is being accompanied by a series of roadshows across the country and an SEIS Window website explaining how to get involved.  If you are a small business owner or are mentoring one that could benefit, read more here.
Michael Coe
A Mentor's Story: Michael Coe  
A newly-qualified mentor with 20 years of retail experience, Michael Coe also knows what it’s like to be a mentee. He set up his own company, Dimension88, in 2011 and received mentoring through the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. Read more on what he believes makes the mentor–mentee relationship valuable to any professional.
This month the Get Mentoring team has been out an about. We attended Women Outside the Box in Bristol, Youth Enterprise Live in London and the Independent Retailers Show in Birmingham. Great to meet so many budding mentors and people looking for mentors. For all those looking we signpost them to and give them free Affiliate Membership of the IOEE so that they can connect with the mentors trained through Get Mentoring. In November we're planning another busy programme which includes The Business Startup Show at London Olympia. You can receive free tickets to the show by applying here.
Meet a mentee in just two clicks.
The Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE) has now made it even simpler to connect with mentees thanks to their easy to use directory. Just follow this link, select your region and find business owners who are looking for support near you. It couldn’t be easier.
Get Mentoring was delighted to sponsor the Best Supporting Business Award at the Mumpreneur Awards 2012 last month. The prize went to Dana Denis-Smith for her innovative legal support service Obelisk, which offers parent lawyers flexible working arrangements that help them balance employment with family life. Catch up on the conference and find interviews with all this year’s winners here
Want a quick overview of the online learning and how it works? We've uploaded a short video giving a quick run-through of what to expect once signed up. Click here to access the screencast.
Last Friday saw the launch of Get Mentoring's High Five campaign. We're very excited about the campaign and are hugely grateful to Lloyds Banking Group for their support. The campaign celebrates the fact that throughout November Lloyds Banking Group will donate £5 to Young Enterprise for everyone who completes the free mentor training. So if you've not completed the course yet, get your skates on, as not only could you go on to help a business of today you'll be helping a business of tomorrow, too – High Five!
Our High Five campaign running throughout November has been timed to coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week. The ethos of Get Mentoring fits brilliantly with the theme for GEW this year which is 'Pass it On'. Whether it's skills, contacts, confidence, knowledge or resources. If you work with entrepreneurs it’s not too late to register your organisation and run an event
Mentoring People
Remember, that if you've completed the training there are mentoring organisations keen to hear from you. Find out about those Mentoring Organisations and NEA Providers in your area looking for mentors.
Mentoring in a Minute – Our monthly taster of the principles taught through the Get Mentoring scheme. 
This week: Good questions and listening skills.

One of the crucial skills possessed by a good mentor is the ability to ask pertinent questions at the right time. A good question can empower the mentee, helping them to resolve an issue, identify a new opportunity or act on a judgement. But remember: good questioning relies on your ability to listen to answers and address the best ways to help a mentee. Bad questioning leads nowhere, influences a mentee’s judgement and ignores the information given in their responses.
St Lukes Hospice in Sheffield is looking for business mentors for its Biz Kids Challenge. Together with local businesses and schools throughout Sheffield, the challenge aims to raise funds for the hospice this autumn. The initiative will see businesses lend £100 in seed money to schoolchildren before mentoring the children as they develop their own charitable enterprise, growing the fund over a 6 week period.
To see how successful the initial pilot was, see the web site or contact Hannah Jordan
The RSA – Use your skills as a mentor to enable positive social change.

The RSA supports new ideas which offer innovative and practical solutions to society’s most pressing challenges. The RSA is interested in hearing from mentors that may be interested in joining and becoming part of a growing network of Fellows that share their time and skills to help others with the development of new projects.  Find out more here.
SFEDI Awards
Turn your mentoring skills into a qualification. For those who wish to take their mentoring to the next level, the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI) Group which leads the Get Mentoring scheme offers qualifications to follow on from the introductory course. Find out more
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