L-R Chris Travis, Janine Smith, Patricia Keating, Heather Waters
The Business Growth Hub has launched GREATer Manchester Mentoring, a steering group bringing together mentoring leaders to accelerate business mentoring across Greater Manchester.
The Hub has already introduced 500 businesses in the region to mentors to help them grow, and the new steering group is launched on National Mentoring Day to support another 1000 individuals by 2020.
The group will aim to create a shared vision for what Greater Manchester can achieve through mentoring, and create a bank of 600 active volunteer mentors.
Speaking at the launch of GREATer Manchester Mentoring, Chris Travis, mentoring relationship manager at the hub, said: “Mentoring exists to help people succeed, whether in business or in life more generally. It can offer mentees the breathing space needed to work on their business or provide an independent perspective, acting as a sounding board for new ideas.
“There is a wealth of mentoring talent and programmes dotted across Greater Manchester, and it makes sense to align the expertise of the different offerings, establishing a clear vision for mentors across Greater Manchester to accelerate the impact that mentoring is having across businesses in the region. We welcome any individuals or organisations who would like to get involved to get in touch with the Business Growth Hub, to find out how they can support the initiative.”
The Hub’s mentoring work is having tangible impacts on businesses across Greater Manchester. Trish Travis of local recruitment firm Staff Recruitment Oldham was introduced to mentor Helen Besant-Roberts from Hurst via the Hub’s mentoring programme.
Trish says Helen has provided invaluable support: “I felt my business wasn’t moving forwards, and that I had exhausted the knowledge I had learned from my past 20 years as a business owner. I contacted Business Growth Hub to find out how I could get a new perspective; someone that could help me to think of fresh ideas and give confidence.
“The results were instant. Helen’s guidance was like medicine to get us to the next stage – she helps us to understand what we need to do, and to envision the end result. I see Helen as my saviour. I now feel unstoppable.”
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