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Whether you are thinking about starting a business in Berkshire or you are already successfully trading, we would strongly advise you to consider finding a business mentor.

Even the most succesful business people recognise that they do not know everything and that an impartial outside perspective can be invaluable. Unlike working for a company, as an entrepreneur, you do not have a boss to turn to or to ask for a second opinion. A good mentor will learn about you, your business, your strengths and weaknesses. This combined with their own wisdom and experience, will provide you with an ongoing support mechanism.

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Frequently asked questions


Starting and running your own business is deeply personal but there are some questions which are asked more than others. Here are some of the most common mentoring queries that we have received over the years.

What is business mentoring?
Business mentoring is a supportive, long-term relationship where an experienced individual (the mentor) provides guidance, advice, and support to a less experienced person (the mentee). Unlike coaching, which is often more task and performance-oriented, mentoring focuses on the overall development of the mentee in a broader professional context.
What are the benefits of having a mentor?
Having a business mentor can offer numerous benefits, including personalised advice, insights into your industry, networking opportunities, emotional support, and guidance through challenges. Mentors can help you refine your business strategy and improve your decision-making skills.
What qualities should I look for in a mentor?
A good mentor should have a strong track record of success, deep industry knowledge, excellent communication skills, and the willingness to invest time in help you grow. Look for someone who is respectful, trustworthy, and demonstrates a genuine interest in your business and personal development.
What are the responsibilities of a mentor and a mentee?
Mentors are responsible for providing guidance, encouraging personal and professional growth, and offering constructive feedback. Mentees should come prepared, be open to learning and feedback, actively engage in the relationship, and set clear goals for what they hope to achieve.
How long do I have to work with a mentor?
The duration of a mentoring relationship can vary widely based on individual goals, the nature of the mentorship, and the preferences of both the mentor and the mentee. There isn't a one-size-fits-all answer, but there are some general mentoring guidelines.
How much does a mentor charge?
Gather all necessary documents before starting the application process. Common requirements include a business plan, financial projections, details of key team members, and a clear description of how the grant will be used.
How do I find a suitable mentor?
A list of local and national contacts can be found below.

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The idea of starting your own business can be incredibly exciting and who can blame you for being tempted?

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Recommended Mentor

Chris Dowling

Starting and growing your own business is an exciting time of opportunity and aspiration, but it can also be daunting as you get to grips with your business plan and strategy.

Recommended mentor

The first few weeks and months are vital in ensuring that you give your business the best possible start. And once it’s up and running, it’s important to ensure that you keep your plan and strategy under constant review so that your business benefits from new ideas and thinking.

Whether it’s working out how to put together your business plan, fund your business venture, plan your finances, employ staff, or create a realistic sales and marketing strategy, there are a huge number of aspects to think about to ensure that your business has a successful long term future.

With many years of business experience (I have more than 35 years’ experience running a family business!), professional business mentors* can provide you with support to help you get to grips with all aspects of starting, running and growing your business.

As a professional business mentor, I will work with you and your business to provide all the support and guidance you need. I will listen to you at all times to understand the opportunities and challenges that you face, and help you find solutions to make the best possible decisions for your business. Acting as a ‘sounding board’ for your thoughts and ideas, I will also use my business experience to help you take a step-back from the day-to-day running of your business to give you time to assess your current plans and look ahead to the future.

A professional business mentor is an invaluable resource for businesses of all shapes and sizes, so stick with one and they will help you to grow from a start-up to an established business. Get in touch with me today to find out how I can help you and your business achieve your goals and aspirations!

Chris Dowling
Professional Business Mentor & Adviser
Association of Business Mentors
Phone – 01825 701332
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*Professional business mentors are accredited by the Association of Business Mentors

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