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Doncaster businesses that have been trading for up to two years can access the fully funded Launchpad Mentoring Service. Our mentors have significant knowledge and experience from a range of business sectors and environments. They offer one-to-one tailored support focusing on your needs and requirements, providing guidance when you and your business need it most.

What is the Launchpad Mentoring Service?
Launchpad Mentoring is a free service available across all 9 authorities of the Sheffield City Region and is part of the SCR Launchpad programme. It provides mentees with quality mentors that can offer them professional guidance and information enabling their businesses to develop, grow and become sustainable.

A mentor is a local business person whom you can bounce ideas off. They can also help you explore and develop new ideas for your business.

Building a relationship with a mentor can be a rewarding positive experience which not only supports your business growth but helps you develop personally too.

Launchpad is a unique scheme which forms part of the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub. Funded by the European Union Regional Development Fund and delivered by local authorities within the Sheffield City Region and the Princes Trust, the programme provides free help and support to budding entrepreneurs in the Sheffield City Region who are thinking of starting their own business, or have started trading within the last two years.

Who is it for?
If you have just started a new business or if your business has been trading for two years or less and is located in the Sheffield City Region you are eligible for free mentoring through the Launchpad programme.

There are many benefits to receiving mentoring such as:
- Increased knowledge and skills
- Help in thinking through decisions and ways to develop and grow your business
- Development of new attitudes and behaviour, improving your business performance
- Signposting to gain new skills where appropriate

What is a mentor?
A mentor is an individual who has the knowledge, experience and wisdom from a business perspective. They could be entrepreneurs, senior managers or individuals who have retired. They can help you to address issues that you are facing, can be used as a sounding board, explore and develop new ideas for your business.

The key is to build a relationship with your mentor, it can be a rewarding positive experience which not only supports your business growth but helps you develop personally too.

Is Launchpad Mentoring for me?
If you are committed to developing your idea, starting or growing your business then YES this is for you.

For further information, please contact
the Launchpad mentoring team on:

Email: launchpadmentoring@doncaster.gov.uk
Telephone: 01302 736062
Like us on Facebook: /LaunchpadMentoring
Follow us on Twitter: @LaunchpadMentor

Case Study

Tracey Barnes launched her business Dancing for Health in 2016. She realised that she needed some help with her new venture and some advice on how to move forward. After meeting SCR Mentoring Manager Irshad at a Derbyshire County Council business networking event and being matched up with a mentor, Tracey's business and gone from strength to strength.

"Having a business mentor has many benefits. It is hard being self employed and working alone and keeping that motivation and enthusiasm high.

Just having someone as a sounding board to bounce your ideas off and give you good advice

and support is incredibly encouraging and reassuring and helps you believe you can do it!" Tracey said.

Tracey's innovative and unique company uses the power of partner dancing to enhance the health and well-being of people with health issues. Having received mentoring support Tracey is now in the process of establishing the new venture as a social enterprise and has received a grant from Unltd assisting her to develop the infrastructure.
"I would highly recommend the mentor service to others. It is a great advantage to have someone else believe in you" Tracey added