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Business mentors needed to help Somerset thrive

Business mentors needed to help Somerset thrive

Business mentors needed to help Somerset thrive

An ambitious mentoring programme is being launched to make the expertise of the county’s most knowledgeable business-people available to businesses across Somerset.

Twenty mentors are being recruited to join the programme in its initial stage, where they will receive free mentor training. Executive and senior management level business leaders, successful entrepreneurs or business consultants, who understand the challenges associated with running and growing a business and the value of impartial advice, are being encouraged to get in touch.

Potential mentors might offer sector experience or a specialism such as finance, marketing, HR or e-commerce; and above all, have a desire to make a difference.

The project has been funded by Somerset’s five councils (Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset County Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council and South Somerset District Council) and a proportion of the Business Rates Retention Pilot programme. This allows councils in Somerset to retain a proportion of the business rates income locally to invest in developing the economy and improving the way local authority services are delivered. Those trained and funded under the Somerset Business Mentoring Programme will need to deliver 12 hours of mentoring support in Somerset to businesses, social enterprises and/or charities. They will also be identified on the SCC Business Mentoring website.

“We are really excited about creating a new business mentoring network across Somerset to support our small and medium businesses to develop and thrive.  Growing businesses need to evolve, change and sometimes renew, often in ways that are outside the experience of the founder,” said Cllr Val Keitch, Somerset County Council’s Lead Member for Local Government Reorganisation and Prosperity.

“A good mentor has been there already and can strategize with, challenge and inspire confidence in those they support.”

Mentors will be:

  • Great listeners – confidential, supportive and able to ask challenging questions.
  • Strategic thinkers – able to identify, analyse and work through risk and opportunities to develop an achievable plan for success.
  • Curious to understand their mentees’ motivation and drivers.
  • A good sounding board – objective and able to highlight alternative approaches and solutions.
  • Individually matched with a mentee, reflecting personality type and sector experience.

What’s the commitment?

Mentors are typically very busy people but must be able to set aside a couple of hours per month, either in person or online, to meet with their mentee. The minimum requirement is 12 hours per mentee over a three-month period, commencing April 2023. Mentors must also attend a two-day training workshop in March 2023 (dates TBC) in preparation for delivering the programme.

Being a Somerset Business Mentor is an unpaid position, but brings many rewards:

  • Training – both in the form of a two-day mentoring workshop, and ongoing support.
  • Career development – adding mentorship to your skillset.
  • Networking – be part of the start of a significant new chapter for the Somerset business community and benefit from peer-to-peer support. 
  • Personal fulfilment – the reward of seeing a mentee’s businesses thrive.

Apply to be a mentor

If you are interested in becoming a Somerset Business Mentor, please fill in the form at www.somerset.gov.uk/business-mentoring to be contacted for a chat and an invitation to meet with the Program Managers. References will be required.

For further information, please see the website or contact richard.swift@somerset.gov.uk

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Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge


Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

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Applications will be considered at the Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on Monday 13th March 2023. You will be notified after this date whether your application has been successful.
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