Finding an individual you trust and admire as a mentor could be a valuable step for your business and there are many entrepreneurs who are willing to offer their time.
How to find a business mentor
- There are several organisations that make mentors available to businesses. Many of these are represented on the national business mentoring network, Mentorsme.co.uk, which provides access to around 10,000 mentors - offering both free and paid for mentoring. Find out more about Mentorsme.co.uk.
- Mentoring is a great way of getting business guidance and support on an ongoing basis. You choose how formal or informal you want the process to be - and it's usually free. There are many other sources of business mentors, including some geared specifically towards supporting local businesses, young entrepreneurs or specific business sectors. See business mentoring in Northern Ireland.
- The Northern Ireland business support finder is a searchable database that can help you find publicly-funded and not-for-profit sources of assistance you may be eligible to apply for. Support includes free or subsidised advice and mentoring services. Search for business support.
- Networking events can provide an opportunity to meet like-minded entrepreneurs and establish a relationship with a business mentor. See Northern Ireland business networks. You can use the events finder to find networking events in your local area.
Other main providers of business mentoring services
You can also find business mentors through:
Further sources of advice
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) network can point you towards business mentors with the skills and experience you need.
If your business operates in the creative or technology sectors, the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) may be able to recommend suitable mentors from its network. Find more information about NESTA. You can also call the NESTA Helpline on Tel 020 7438 2500.
For further information see business mentoring in Northern Ireland.