Jennings Business Mentors celebrates 10 years of support

Business owners and volunteers celebrated 10 years of Jennings Business Mentors at a special occasion on 7 November.

Mike Jennings with guests at the celebration

Founded by Mike Jennings in 2008, the Not-for-Profit Oxfordshire organisation has supported over 500 local businesses, some of which are located in the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire districts. It is the only business mentoring service in the country which is free, confidential and independent, and where mentors are exclusively current business owners.

In the past 10 years, there have been 56 volunteer mentors and an estimated 2,500 volunteer hours of mentoring sessions.

During the event, Mike stated:

“This service is truly unique. It is business people supporting business people, and in a way where everyone learns and takes something positive from their meeting. We estimate that our volunteer mentors have provided over 2,500 hours of support to fellow business people.”

Paul Bellchambers, an early client of the mentoring service, shared his experience of meeting with one of the volunteer mentors:

“The conversations I had with my mentor were really important to me and key to the development of my business… working with my mentor, an experienced business owner themselves, gave me confidence and encouraged me to reflect on what I actually wanted to achieve.”

The future of Jennings Business Mentors

Through lack of funding for marketing and reduced enquiries, the service will be brought in house and will be promoted through the Jennings Group of companies, focused on all businesses and charities that they connect with.

Any other enquiries will be passed on to existing mentors who wish to continue in their own right and on a case by case basis.

For more information on Jennings Business Mentors, click here.

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