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100% of mentors would recommend the programme to their colleagues, and 71% felt that the skills and competencies they developed would help them in their work.

Watch business mentors talk about the benefits of involvement with the programme.

It's a privilege being trusted with the mentee's issues, and, despite not having a 'magic wand', finding that you can still make a difference.

- Business mentor

Social enterprise mentoring is about giving the opportunity for social entrepreneur to access the knowledge and expertise of experienced business leaders to grow their business. Mentoring is a two-way relationship in which both the mentor and mentee get the chance to learn new things and further their personal development.

Benefits to the mentor:

  • A great sense of achievement in helping people and businesses to grow

  • The chance to broaden your life experience by putting one's knowledge and experience into a meaningful project

  • Obtaining access to new markets and networks for you and your company

  • Learning new perspectives and approaches

  • Development of your mentoring skills and gaining access to the level 3 professional qualification in mentoring

  • Gaining understanding of the opportunities offered by small organisations and how to support their businesses.

Benefits to the company

  • Enhancement of mentors' skills such as coaching, listening, communication and leadership

  • Cross-business networking events (held quarterly)

  • Improved retention of experienced employees, by motivating and engaging them.

  • Raising the profile of the company's CSR strategy with senior employees.

What do you have to do?

Mentors work for a minimum of six months with their mentee, with a recommendation of continuing for a year.  The programme is flexible and fits around the mentor’s work requirements. Every relationship differs, but feedback shows volunteers spend an average of 4-8 hours a month supporting the enterprise.

Mentors will attend a one-day training, giving access to a level 3 qualification in mentoring. The mentor will select a social enterprise according to the background, expertise and interests. BITC will co-ordinate an initial meeting between the mentor and social entrepreneur and will provide additional support and guidance, as well as undertaking a review meeting every six months.

Read an interview with Paul Murphy, a mentor from Lloyds Banking Group, and his mentee, Servane Mouasan who runs Ogunte, a social enterprise supporting women entrepreneurs

If you would like to be involved in this programme please contact Agathe Suzanne on 020 7566 6612