What makes a good mentor?

A good listener who wants to give something back, for sure, but also someone who can detect the problems that may lie behind an entrepreneur’s bravado, says Tim Campbell.

Mentorsme is an online gateway for all small and medium-sized businesses looking for some form of mentoring – and for individuals who would like to be mentors. 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.