BUSINESSES across the region are set to benefit after the North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce won funding to extend its mentoring service.
An army of business mentors is gearing up to help companies to flourish.
Now John Thompson, the Chamber’s new Mentor Broker, has appealed for more firmss to come forward to access Let’s Do Mentoring.
Mr Thompson, who recently joined the Chamber’s Business Services team, described Let’s Do Mentoring as “Staffordshire’s best kept secret”.
He said: "Mentors drawn from our experienced team offer an incredible level of expertise and are willing to offer their knowledge without charge as part of their entrepreneurial spirit and corporate social responsibility.
“While Let’s Do Mentoring has been running for some time in the north of the county, new ERDF funding is allowing us to extend the service and market it to businesses countywide.” An extra 20 experienced business leaders have volunteered their skills to provide their support to businesses across the county.
The mentors came together for a meeting organised by the Chamber Business Services team at the Etruria Industrial Museum.
Adele Cope, Chamber Business Services Manager, said: “The breadth of expertise and knowledge available from our mentors helps businesses to overcome issues and to grow.
“We work with every kind of company imaginable.
“For example, current beneficiaries include a farm and a commercial laundry.” Businesses who believe they can benefit from a mentor or would like to become a mentor, should contact the Chamber Business Services Team by emailing johnthompson@ nscci.co.uk or telephoning 01782 213929.
Further information is available online at www.nscciprojectteam.co.uk.