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Businesses offered free training to get mentoring

The Government has launched a new online training tool to encourage experienced business owners to mentor fledgling SMEs.

The free online tool, which can be found at, is designed to make it easier for individuals to join the growing online network of business mentors.

Provided by the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative, the facility is part of the Get Mentoring scheme which was launched in November.

Some 15,000 new mentors are being recruited in a bid to help entrepreneurs fulfil their potential. Entrepreneurs searching for support will be able to access mentors through

Launching the new tool, the Business and Enterprise Minister, Mark Prisk, said: ‘This training tool is vital to help build our growing network of trained mentors.

‘Mentoring is a very effective way for aspiring entrepreneurs to get the help and support they need to succeed. It enables business people to harness the knowledge and expertise of those who have been there and done it before.’

The move was welcomed by the Forum of Private Business (FPB). ‘We believe there is a rich supply of would-be mentors working in businesses across the country, willing to share their years of experience,’ commented the FPB Chief Executive, Phil Orford.

‘The online course supports a consistent and quality approach to volunteer mentoring which we think is essential for new and growing businesses.’