Over 300 years of business management expertise joined together over the last week to begin helping the next generation of Bradford businesses.
In our role as facilitators of the West Yorkshire Enterprise Agencies’ New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme we are always looking to recruit new mentors to share their experiences within business with Bradford’s new wave of business start-ups.
The business experience present at the two recent recruitment sessions ranged from retired business owners with 50 years plus experience of managing within manufacturing, to managers from global financial institutes and owners of thriving sole-trader businesses.
Each of the attendees had one thing in common; to gain an understanding of how they could pass on their experiences of nurturing a successful career in business onto the next generation of business owners.
A great many of the individuals who start on the NEA programme have no previous experience of starting a business, concepts like profit and loss, business plans and marketing strategy are alien to them. With the help of the NEA mentor programme the pressure to develop business ideas into a solid business plan is greatly reduced, the experienced mentor giving the fledgling business owners the confidence to progress.
With over half of new businesses engaging with NEA mentors surviving the tricky first six-month period of trading we have proof that this method of support works.
If you feel you have time available to mentor a new Bradford business through the early stages of business growth then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to all the individuals who attended the recruitment sessions, it was great to meet you all, thanks for your time. Thanks also to the re:centre at the University of Bradford for the use of a room for the sessions.