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Somerset Council launches business mentoring scheme

Somerset Council has launched an ambitious business mentoring programme to help businesses evolve, change and, if necessary, renew.

A good mentor has been there already and can help businesses to strategise, challenge and inspire confidence.

The scheme’s mentors have been selected from executive and senior management level business leaders and successful entrepreneurs. They include a former CEO of a top NASDAQ quoted company, a coffee roaster who now supplies 200 outlets, a soft drinks manufacturer who supplies major retailers at home and abroad, a senior transformation executive who has worked with UK and US quoted businesses, a multi-million pound NHS equipment supplier and a senior commercial lawyer, to name just a few!

The mentors understand the challenges associated with running and growing a business and the value of impartial advice. They offer sector experience or a specialism in areas such as growth strategy, finance, marketing, product or service development, bid writing, acquisition, exit strategy, HR or e-commerce and much more!

Businesses which think they could benefit from a fresh, experienced insight and support to grow must be over one year old to apply for up to six hours of free mentoring over a six-month period.

The Somerset Mentoring Programme is funded by the Business Rates Retention Scheme. For more information and an application form, email

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