Business leaders, entrepreneurs and start-up businesses from across West Yorkshire have come together at an event celebrating business mentoring through the MYMentor network.
Dozens attended the event on Tuesday evening (15 July) where some of the achievements by the MYMentor network in supporting new companies set-up was highlighted. It took place at Kirklees College in Huddersfield where guests were welcomed by Principal Peter McCann.
The network, which is part of the West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency, is also recruiting new volunteer mentors who give some of their time and expertise to help aspiring entrepeneurs take the first steps into business.
During the event, MYMentor Ambassadors Claire Young and Carl Hopkins spoke about the importance of business mentoring to their careers, the Enterprise Agency’s Andrew Choi talked about why they needed more mentors to sign up and existing MYMentor Veronica Baldwin explained why becoming a mentor was so rewarding.
MYMentor Ambassador Claire Young said:
“I am passionate about the importance of mentoring is so it was great to see so many people who share that view and who want to give their time and effort to helping new companies.
“I will be working in the coming months to try and encourage more to sign up as business mentors to help more aspiring entrepreneurs across West Yorkshire.”
Andrew Choi, Head of Operations at the West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency, added:
“Hundreds of new businesses have been created across West Yorkshire as part of the New Enterprise Allowance and they all have had the input of business mentors in getting off the ground. This shows why our MYMentor network is hugely important to the area’s economy.
“We wanted to say thank you to our existing business mentors at the event and encourage more business leaders to sign up to help others take their first steps in business.”
Carl Hopkins, MYMentor Ambassador, is also encouraging those interested to find out more and sign up:
“The businesses that have been created with the support of the MYMentor network are many and varied but all inspiring – from the former Super League player who’s become a gas engineer to a NHS administrator made redundant who took the opportunity to start her own florists and gift shop.
“It was great to meet with existing mentors, potential mentors and those who had started their own companies at the event and I know we will have even more inspirational stories of entrepreneurship to celebrate in the months ahead.”
The MYMentor network of business mentors work with those placed onto the New Enterprise Allowance to develop and then launch their own firms.
Individuals who sign up are asked to spare at least one hour a fortnight to guide someone as they write their business plan and support them during their first 26 weeks of trading.
Anyone interested can find out more my e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.