Running a business is full of challenges and mentoring is an effective way of helping you to overcome barriers to growth and maximise your potential.
The Sheffield City Region (SCR) Launchpad project is delivered across Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield. Launchpad is supported financially by the European Union and has attracted £2,359,613 investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development. Mentoring is one facet of the project and it is a free service that will provide mentees with quality mentors that can offer them guidance and information enabling them to develop, grow and make their businesses sustainable.
Our mission is to provide professional guidance and information, accessible to all, to maximize the success of existing and emerging small Businesses throughout the SCR.
"SCR Mentoring - Your Free Business Mentoring in the SCR that Builds the SCR Economy One Small Business at a Time"
What is a mentor?
A mentor is a local business person whom you can bounce ideas off. They can also help you explore and develop new ideas for your business.
Mentoring relationships are built on trust and respect, your confidentiality is guaranteed. Building a relationship with a mentor can be a rewarding positive experience which not only supports your business growth but helps you develop personally too.
Having significant experience in certain industries and business environments, our mentors have built up many contacts throughout their career and have access to many networks that may be useful to you and your business.
SCR Mentors are men and women from all types of business backgrounds who are ready to share with you knowledge gained from years of experience and have already helped make business dreams come true for business owners. They can help you too!
Is My Business Eligible?
Whether you are considering starting your own business, have a business that is experiencing problems, are ready to expand, or need a person who can be used as a sounding board, SCR Mentoring can help. Mentoring sessions are personal and confidential. All you need is a good idea, the beginnings of your business, or a growing business that needs some guidance.
Dependent on your needs SCR Mentoring can offer help with...
· Equity or Debt financing
· Accounting & Bookkeeping
· International Trade
· Business Plans and Cash Flow
· Business Structures
· Employment Contracts
· Buying or Selling a Business
· HMRC – Income tax and VAT
How Do I Prepare For My Mentoring Session?
Bring any materials to your meeting that you want to share or have reviewed that include:
• Just a verbal statement of your dream
· Flyers, brochures, business cards
• Business plan
· Customer information
• Cash flow projections
· Competitive analysis
The SCR Mentor will help you to analyse or initiate these and any other issues with which you may need guidance on.
Want to become a mentor?
Our mentor recruitment process is very straight forward. You don’t need to have formal mentoring qualifications to become a mentor for someone. It’s about being able to share your business experience and knowledge with others.
How Do I Sign Up For SCR Mentoring?
SCR Mentoring is able to match your needs with an experienced mentor who understands your particular situation and is able to apply his or her expertise to assist you.
To request a mentor contact our team on 01302 736062 or email SCRMentoring@doncaster.gov.uk or visit www.wearedoncaster.co.uk/business/business-support/mentoring/.