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Mentoring Monthly for everyone supporting, signed up for, and interested in Get Mentoring.
Mentoring Monthly
Welcome to another instalment of Mentoring Monthly, and a special Hello to the hundreds of new readers who have signed up to the newsletter over the last month. More and more of you have been finding out about Get Mentoring and signing up as volunteer business mentors. But as always, if you haven't already registered for the free mentor training, what are you waiting for? Sign up today and complete the course online, or find a workshop near you.

February has seen the official launch of the online training which received widespread press coverage largely down to the fantastic support received from Get Mentoring's strategic partners.

This month Mentoring Monthly has interviewed two talented young entrepreneurs who tell us why a mentor was key to their own success when starting a new business. And we also have some inspiring stories from three volunteer mentors about how they benefitted from mentoring.
A mentee's story: Shell Livewire award winner, Joanna Montgomery, has been running her business, Little Riot, since 2010 but she admits that she “would still be flapping around” had she not sought the advice of several different mentors with the skill and experience to guide her to success. more
Cath Lee has recently completed the Introduction to Enterprise Mentoring training. With experience as both an entrepreneur and mentor, Cath enjoys the fulfilment that comes with getting an enterprise off the ground. She is looking to working with mentees who have no prior experience of running a business so that she can help to mentor them through the “exciting stages of planning and setting up a successful enterprise”. more
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Another mentor recently signed up with Get Mentoring is Tony Sacco who was thrilled to become part of a national mentoring scheme because it helped him to “feel part of something significant and well recognised”. He believes that mentoring can make a real difference to a business’s chance of success, as he found when setting up his own enterprise. more
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Get Mentoring launched its Facebook page this month, take a look and give us a 'like' for Get Mentoring updates to your facebook page.
A mentee's story:  Michael Corrigan and his business partner David Kellock believe that their product design business would “definitely not” be where it is today if it hadn’t been for the benefit of their two enterprise mentors. Michael found that the right “chemistry” was key to building a productive working relationship with their mentors. more
Get Mentoring is gearing up to attend Business 2012 at the O2 arena on 18th-20th March. We're running 21 taster workshops and have a stand at the show to meet as many potential volunteer mentors as we can over the 3 days. It's free to sign up and Richard Branson, Lord Sugar and Cherie Blair are amongst the speakers.
Don't forget, if you are looking for a mentor, visit Mentorsme, the UK's free online gateway aimed at connecting businesses with mentoring services. The site offers micro, small and medium-sized enterprises access to a list of quality-assured business mentoring organisations across Britain.
The research project, launched last month as part of the Get Mentoring initiative, in now underway. The research is looking into what makes a successful mentoring relationship and the impact mentoring has on new and growing businesses. If any mentors and mentees would like to get involved to share their experiences please contact Leigh Sear.
Business 2012
For regular readers of this newsletter, it is no surprise to hear that mentoring can significantly improve the chances of new enterprises surviving and small businesses seeing sustained growth. But what about the mentors themselves? What can they expect to gain from this arrangement? Read how three mentors, including Business Minister Mark Prisk, felt they benefitted from mentoring others below. 
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A mentor's story: This month we spoke to Sam Morton, one mentor who found himself embarking on a brand new venture with his mentee. "In my case it was through mentoring that I found a new opportunity, and it's turned out to be the biggest opportunity in my career”, he says. more
A mentor's story: Business Minister Mark Prisk, who launched the Get Mentoring scheme back in November believes that mentoring doesn’t solely benefit the mentee. Speaking about his own experience of mentoring with The Prince’s Trust, Mark says: “I wanted to give something back but of course it’s more than that – you will develop your own relationship management and communication skills; you might learn new ways of tackling challenges in your own business.” For more of Mark Prisk’s insight into mentoring, check out the Mentoring Matters article featured in Director magazine this month.
A mentor's story: Karen Langdon, Company Director for The DEAL Group in the North East, agrees that mentoring can bring benefits for the mentor too; "For me, it is a chance to reflect and to hear about great ways of doing things differently because people are so endlessly inventive. It makes me stop and think when sometimes I can be too focused on getting on and doing things my own way.” more
Do you know someone that would make a great mentor? Let them know by using our 'Tell a friend' facility on the homepage of Get Mentoring.
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