Share business skills to help others to grow

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Do you have business skills, experience and advice that you can share with a firm to help it succeed?

As Calderdale Council celebrates another successful year of its business mentoring programme, it is asking more people to come forward to mentor new and growing businesses in the borough.

More than 220 individuals and companies have been involved in the programme as mentors and mentees since it started in 2011, and a big difference has been made to local businesses.

The hard work of last year’s mentors and mentees was celebrated at a recent event held by the council.

The Chief Executive, Merran McRae, presented certificates to mentors for successfully completing their mentoring relationships and achieving Institute of Leadership and Management Level 3 in Mentoring.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for Economy, Coun Peter Caffrey, said:

“We recognise that mentoring can have real benefits for businesses and our local economy. We also know there are lots of people in Calderdale with the knowledge and experience to make a difference to others.

“That’s why we have a mentoring scheme to link those people to businesses who need a helping hand to start up, grow and succeed.

“We are looking for more mentors who are willing to share their experiences and mentees who want to benefit. Why not make it your New Year’s resolution? You will receive training and support from our business team.”

By sharing knowledge, giving constructive feedback and providing inspiration and motivation, mentors can help businesses in a range of areas, from creating new products and services and identifying new customers to exporting and importing goods. This can result in benefits like improved productivity for businesses and new skills for mentors.

Mentors and mentees are asked to commit to at least one meeting per month for a minimum of a year.

Sales have increased considerably for The Real Cider Company since owner Phil Kennedy and bookkeeper Sarah Le Pla were mentored by Mike Torevell who owns Halifax-based accountancy business Torevell Dent.

“We’ve moved to the next level of business, and we couldn’t have done it without Mike’s help,” says Phil.

The Real Cider Company, wholesaler of artisan ciders based in Cragg Vale, was growing quickly and Phil and Sarah needed some help with accounting. Through its business mentoring scheme, Calderdale Council matched them with Mike, who has nearly 30 years’ experience of running an accountancy business. Mike meets with Phil and Sarah regularly and gives them advice on all areas of finance, accounting and general business.

To find out more visit the Business advice page on the Council’s website, email / or call 01422 392362.