We firmly believe that for mentoring to appeal to small businesses who are in the early stages of their existence it needs to be free. It is at this early stage that most businesses are likely to be anxious to conserve their working capital. We also believe that with funding less certain – and ever harder to find – the most sustainable model is for business mentoring to be delivered by volunteers who, although they give their services free, are nevertheless committed to ‘give back’ some of the extensive knowledge and experience gained during their business careers (see our Code of Conduct on our website).
With that in mind we have set up a model which differs from most other free mentoring services in that the service is delivered by a company which itself engages volunteer mentors to deliver the needs of its client mentees who in turn contract with the company for that purpose. The benefit for the mentee is that the arrangement is flexible so that a second mentor could be engaged were that necessary or desirable.
The mentor is protected by the contractual arrangements and the existence of professional liability cover arranged by the company.
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