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Find a business mentor with

As Britain’s first specialist online mentoring portal, offers free access to a comprehensive list of quality business mentoring organisations across Britain. It is operated by the Better Business Finance programme, set up by five high street banks: Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Royal Bank of Scotland and Santander, and overseen by the BBA.

Any UK business can use, but start-ups, entrepreneurs and businesses tackling new challenges tend to get the most out of it. An easy-to-use search engine allows you to refine your search according to the life stage of your business and location.

Business mentors will normally offer wide-ranging business experience, or expertise in a particular business area such as finance, marketing or export. They will act as your trusted confidant over a flexible period of time, although you should be clear on what you can and cannot expect from them.

Your mentor will:

  • Provide an outside perspective on both you and your business
  • Listen in confidence to the matters that worry you
  • Share their own experience of both failure and success
  • Offer friendly, unbiased support and encouragement
  • Provide honest and constructive feedback
  • Provide a sounding board for your business ideas
  • Help you with decision-making by suggesting alternatives
  • Give you access to contacts and networks that might be able to help your business development

Your mentor will not:

  • Provide a counselling service
  • Invest in your business
  • Give specific technical business advice, which would normally be provided by an expert business adviser
  • Offer any training or coaching
  • Take credit for the success of your business away from you

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