When you're starting up or developing a business, the support and guidance of a trained expert can go a long way.
Enterprise mentors are independent, unbiased professionals from a wide range of companies across the UK. Mentors could be experts in sales or marketing or have senior management roles, but they all share one key quality - a passion for enterprise and passing on their expertise to nurture young businesses.
Whether you're looking for a fresh perspective on your business, a sounding board for ideas or more networking opportunities, a mentor could be that critical friend you need to succeed.
Read more about the benefits of business mentoring
An introduction to mentoring from a long-term mentor - Stephen Pegge, Head of External Affairs at Lloyds Bank. In this video, Stephen explores:
Watch the interview
To enhance our commitment to the mentoring scheme, here are some examples of the support that we have given to SMEs.
There are millions of people trying to give advice, but nine times out of ten we were given wrong advice. A reputable company like Lloyds Bank means you'll get a knowledgeable and impartial sounding board.
The fact that it's coming from the Bank adds clout; it'll be really good accessing knowledge at that high level and plugging into support, networks and leads.
The most valuable aspect we have been helped with is developing a long-term strategy for growth as we now have a clear idea of where we want to take our business and some of the steps we can take to ensure we reach our goals.
Having not come from a business background, it is invaluable to have someone from Lloyds Bank who is able to take an objective view of what we're trying to achieve and to give us some guidance about the best way to go about doing so.
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