Make more from a mentor

A brain to pick, a shoulder to cry on, and someone to give you the occasional kick in the pants: a mentor can be a fantastic asset for a business owner. Entrepreneurs Rekha Mehr, Tim Campbell and Bev Hurley are all persuaded.

Mentorsme is an online gateway for all small and medium-sized businesses looking for some form of mentoring. As well as a wealth of advice for mentors and mentees, the site also tells the stories of companies that are reaping real rewards from being mentored – such as Simon Bowers and Bryan Cornwell of Staffordshire-based SPB Moulds.

There are several private sector initiatives, such as the peer-to-peer online network Horsesmouth and Rockstar.

Nesta runs a mentor network specifically for businesses in the creative sector.