Influential figures in the world of business and mentoring are queuing up to voice their support about National Mentoring Day to encourage and promote awareness of mentoring schemes and recognise the significant benefits of mentoring across the UK.
Launched today, Tuesday, 27th October, supporters include Iain Wright MP, Shadow Minister for Industry, Paul Ettinger, the co-founder of Caffé Nero, entrepreneur Levi Roots and The Apprentice 2014 winner Mark Wright offering their skills.
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Founder Chelsey Baker, an award-winning business mentor and author says: “We want to encourage all those taking part to think of mentoring in new ways, so we’ve included suggestions like speed mentoring, where those looking for help can network with potential mentors and find someone suitable for them.
“We also want to inspire people to share their mentoring stories with us, whether it’s using a simple social media update or via a recorded message. We’ll be sharing the best updates on our feeds @MentoringRocks, and we’d love as many people to get involved as possible!”
Baker’s aim is to initiate interactive discussions, events and social media activities and facilitate shared vision and synergies for everyone involved in the industry.
Leading professional mentoring organisations, mentors, key influencers and though leaders from across the UK will join together to celebrate the great work Mentors in the UK are doing to support individuals and businesses.
A fierce advocate of mentorship, MP Iain Wright comments: “I fully support the UK’s first National Mentoring Day and wish it every success and hope that it quickly becomes an established, respected and well known fixture in the UK business calendar. The benefits of mentoring are huge. Having a mentor – an experienced and knowledgeable entrepreneur, who has seen some of the opportunities and pitfalls of setting up and growing a business is invaluable.
“A productive mentoring system can kick-start and accelerate business growth for new businesses, creating wealth and employment opportunities from which the entire country benefits. That is why the UK’s National Mentoring Day is needed, and why I hope it is successful.”
A comprehensive and downloadable guide packed with suggestions is available on how the public can get involved today – whether they’re hosting a lecture or workshop in their own workplace or launching a new mentoring initiative at a local school, college or university.
There are ideas for educational establishments, some top tips for increasing awareness and even a section to inspire mentors to work within local communities, providing everything from money management advice to help putting CVs together.
Food entrepreneur Levi Roots adds: “To get ahead in work or business you have to have passion for what you do and to work hard. I had a good idea, a great recipe, worked hard and had passion by the bucket load! But it was meeting Peter Jones that changed my life for the better. Having Peter as my business mentor helped me to take my business to a new level, and without his guidance I might still be cooking my sauce in my Brixton kitchen and only selling it locally.
“I have no regrets, and consider myself incredibly lucky, but if I had had guidance from a mentor as I was growing up or in early adulthood my life might have looked very different and I might have made better choices early on. For that reason I’m thrilled that campaigns such as National Mentoring Day are having an impact and are opening conversations about the importance of mentoring, as it can literally change the course of peoples’ lives.”
A mentoring summit is also scheduled to take place at the Rockstar Hubs in London on the 27th October. Guest speaker at the summit event includes Mark Wright, winner of The Apprentice 2014, managing director of Climb Online, and also partner of the Business Funding Show.
“A business mentor is key for success. Aside from their business experience, they have the patience and the knowledge to offer invaluable advice at times when you require it most. Richard Branson once stated ‘a good mentor is an invaluable asset’ and I couldn’t agree more.
“When winning The Apprentice in 2014, I not only secured £250,000 to invest in the development of Climb Online, I also secured Lord Sugar as a business partner and mentor – whose advice and guidance is worth 10 times more than that initial investment,” says Wright.
The summit will provide the perfect opportunity for heads of mentoring organisations, prominent business leaders and mentors to discuss the future of mentoring and the opportunities mentoring will provide.