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Are you a budding entrepreneur or start-up business owner based in the Sheffield City Region?  If you are, why not take advantage of a fully funded mentoring programme that will give you the best possible start on your business journey.

Part of the Launchpad offer, the Mentoring programme matches entrepreneurs and business owners which have been trading for less than two years with an experienced business mentor.  The fully funded programme can be accessed alongside the support you receive from your Launchpad business advisor or you can choose to work solely with a mentor for now and still access other Launchpad services in the future.  Mentoring is an opportunity for you to gain insights and support from an experienced mentor who knows what it is like to start and grow a successful business.

Benefits of Mentoring

A mentor can provide advice and support whether you are just starting to think about a business idea or are interested in ways to develop and grow your business. The benefits of having a business mentor are many. Irshad Akbar, Business Mentoring Manager at Launchpad, said:  “Launching a business can be a daunting time for new entrepreneurs, who often find themselves feeling isolated and unsure where to get the right advice to develop their business ideas”. Launchpad’s mentoring programme provides the opportunity to collaborate, share knowledge and experience and perhaps most importantly of all, learn from individuals who once stood in their shoes.

“The programme follows a tried and tested formula which helps to give new business owners the confidence to grow and develop their ideas, as well as offering a chance to share concerns with someone who has ‘been there, done that’. Our mentors come from many different backgrounds and they share a passion to help others succeed.

Whether you are considering starting your own business, have a business that is experiencing problems, are ready to expand, or need a person who can be used as a sounding board, the Mentoring programme can help.

If you would like to know more about how you can benefit from the Mentoring programme, please download our useful mentor and mentee guides or contact the Mentoring team on:

Telephone 01302 736062   Email:

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Can you provide support and encouragement to a new business?  Do you have the skills and experience to guide and challenge entrepreneurs to achieve their full potential? Your contribution will make a huge difference to the quality of the support we offer, and we’re confident you will enjoy the experience.

If you would like to sign up to be a mentor with Launchpad contact us today.


Would you like someone to help you think through your business idea, suggests ways to develop and grow your business and provides the experience and know-how you may need?  A mentor will listen carefully to your ideas, ask crucial questions and help you to consider different ideas to achieve your goals.

If you would like support from a mentor contact us today.

174 Mentors
176 Businesses Supported

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Meet some of our Mentors

Emma Taylor

Giles Searby

Jack Brzuz

Jackie Wilson

Jessica Zeun

John Batty

Julia Wilkinson

Michael Wilkinson

Nick Dunhill

Sandra Edwards

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