Originally launched in July 2011 and reinvigorated in November under the wings of Government, the Mentorsme (Get Mentoring) initiative seems to be talking hold across the country with organisations of all shapes and sizes opening up as hubs for business mentors offering a range of paid for and free schemes for companies looking for assistance with business management and growth.
Mentorsme was initially operated by the Business Finance Taskforce which was set up by the British Bankers’ Association and is made up of five banks: Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Royal Bank of Scotland and Santander. Interestingly, their original mandate was to help businesses access the finance they need to grow.
The mission of the current Mentorsme, however, seems to be to offer businesses access to a list of ‘quality-assured’ business mentoring organisations that suit their particular needs as well as allowing business people to offer their services as business mentors.
So in the light of the upcoming Business Coaching for Growth programme which has generated a bunch of interest recently, it throws up once again the question of what actually is it that these companies actually need. Do they need mentoring, coaching, advice, all three or none?