Mentoring Monthly for everyone supporting, signed up for, and interested in Get Mentoring.
Mentoring Monthly
Hello and Happy New Year from Get Mentoring. 
If, like us, you've hit the ground running, why not take a breather and read the latest edition of Mentoring Monthly. 

In this month’s newsletter we're launching our new look website which includes the facility to complete the Introduction to Enterprise Mentoring online. We're also happy to include more case studies from newly trained mentors, a feature from Leonard Cheshire Disability about the positive impact mentoring has had on the businesses they work with, and a call for people to get involved in some new research into mentoring

Thanks to the hard work of the Get Mentoring team, delivery partners and strategic partners we've already recruited and trained thousands of mentors since the scheme launched in November. If your organisation or business would like to get more involved please get in touch.
Rav Panesar was already a qualified enterprise coach providing guidance to small businesses in the Keighley area, but he found that the Get Mentoring scheme could provide him with new tools to help guide mentees into self-employment. more
Moving from teaching to running his own business, Steve Waters became involved with Get Mentoring to provide the experience he would have valued during his own transition into the private sector. more
Introduction to Mentoring Workbook
This month, to give budding mentors a flavour of the Introduction to Enterprise Mentoring course available from Get Mentoring we've dipped into the workbook that comes with the course to devise our Top Ten Tips for Business Mentoring, kicking off with; "A good mentor pulls, they don't push".
Business Link
Both mentors and mentees may find it useful to reference the rich resource of videos, tutorials and tools available at My new Business for start up businesses, and the Growth and Improvement Service for growing businesses. With online training, a personalised start up checklist, an events and business support finder and much more, the resources are designed to give detailed and specific support to businesses.
Tim Whitehill had been looking for an opportunity to work with new businesses for some time before he came across the scheme. Running two successful companies of his own has given him the experience he believes can help others. more
Isabelle Farquhar found that the Get Mentoring scheme complemented her business advice and consultancy background, as well as her belief in ‘learning by doing’. She said it was always important to ‘refresh’ skills, and that the course was a great way to do so. more
David Rigby has had his own consultancy firm since 1980. Get Mentoring has helped him move further into the 'softer' aspects of mentoring to support his strategic marketing and innovation management experience. more
If you are looking for a mentor, visit Mentorsme, the UK's free online gateway for businesses looking for mentoring services. The site offers businesses access to a list of quality-assured business mentoring organisations across Britain. All the mentors trained through Get Mentoring can be accessed through Mentorsme, via their respective mentoring organisations.
Business 2012
Get Mentoring is delighted to be exhibiting and running workshops at Business 2012 at the O2 on the 18th, 19th and 20th March. It's free to attend so sign up today. We'd love to catch up with you at the show.
Get Mentoring
The Get Mentoring website has had a major and exciting revamp this month. Prospective mentors can now complete the Get Mentoring training course online, see videos from business mentors and find out about courses near them. Over the coming months we're aiming to also add further resources to support mentoring activities.
Ann Chaplin is project manager for Enabled4Growth, run by Leonard Cheshire Disability, an organisation with an excellent track record in supporting business people with disabilities. Here she talks about the positive impact mentoring has had on the businesses they work with and how to develop additional skills to support mentoring activities with business people with disabilities. more
A cross cutting research group has been launched this month which could find out the critical success factors when it comes to owner-managers mentoring each other. Following mentors and their mentees for a number of months, the research will ask both parties to keep a journal of their experiences in order to identify when and why mentoring is used and what difference it makes to the development of, and growth of, small businesses. Find out more and get involved
Business in You
One of the most frequently asked questions from newly trained mentors is "What happens next?". Most mentors are keen to get cracking and want to find out how mentees will find them. We've now put together this quick guide on the next steps. If you have more questions about Get Mentoring see the FAQs on the website or get in contact.
Business in You
This month has seen the launch of the Business in You campaign, which aims to inspire small businesses and entrepreneurs with real life case studies and help them understand the array of information and help available from the Government and private sector. With visitors to the Business in You website being directed to Mentorsme the campaign is a great opportunity to encourage many more new and growing businesses to source a business mentor. 
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