Who we are
We are based in Cornwall having started in 2004 and we have assisted many entrepreneurs and organisations, to start or improve their businesses including the Prince’s Trust, the Leonard Cheshire Trust , Job Centre Plus. SSAFA, Schools Young Enterprise Scheme. HMP Dartmoor , Addaction.etc.
Since starting we have expanded and we offer a comprehensive business mentoring service in Devon, Cornwall, Cumbria and Surrey to assist men, women and disabled entrepreneurs, to start and manage a business.
The branches outside Cornwall have been started by some of our ex mentors who have moved out of the County.
We have a skilled team of qualified business mentors who will assist the entrepreneurs on a face-to-face meeting basis and also by e\mail. Our mentors have started and run their own businesses and are therefore aware of the problems which can be encountered in starting and running a new business and it is this knowledge which is passed on for the benefit of the client. We are still recruiting mentors so please contact us if you are interested in joining us.
South West Mentors has set up a Mentor Hub in Cornwall whereby it recruits mentors who can then be assigned clients received from our associated organisation Start Your Own Business www.SYOB.net which means that they are able to offer their mentoring services to entrepreneurs without the need to advertise thus saving marketing costs. The Hub receives from SYOB all Cornwall enquiries who then appoints suitable mentors depending on their experience and location in Cornwall.
What Is Business Mentoring?
Business mentoring is a relationship between the entrepreneur and the mentor who is someone with business experience, and who is willing to act as a guide. The business mentor offers encouragement, guidance and support to help the client run and improve their business. The mentor’s role is to develop, stimulate, train and challenge and view the business objectively.
An experienced mentor can help the client to:
1 Develop key business skills
2 Improve problem-solving abilities
3 Build self confidence
4 Develop leadership skills
5 Widen the network of business contacts
It will involve face-to-face meetings or online discussions – or a combination of both depending on which arrangement is best for both parties. Some mentors only use e\mail or telephone communication with their clients but we consider that face-to-face mentoring achieves the best results. It’s likely that the mentor will stay in regular contact with the entrepreneur through meetings, telephone calls and emails. The nature of the relationship may vary from being casual, e.g., a monthly telephone call or informal visit, to being more formal and structured, e.g., setting meeting agendas and business objectives.
The Difference Between Mentors and Consultants
Mentors are not business consultants – the difference being that consultants usually have a hands-on working involvement to solve a particular business problem, whereas the mentor guides the client and the business and it is the responsibility of the client to take any action as needed. Mentors will generally have no previous knowledge of or relationship with the mentee, as one of their roles is to provide a neutral and objective sounding board whilst offering advice, direction and support based upon their own practical experience.