€1.2m fund for SME Mentoring and Business Development 

At the launch of MentorsWork were Paul Healy, Skillnet Ireland chief executive (left), Sven Spollen-Behrens, SFA director and Sonya Murphy-Lyons, founder and director, Mezzo Music Academy

Up to 400 new places are available for one-to-one mentoring from an independent professional mentor



27 July 2021

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The latest phase of MentorsWork, the award-winning government initiative providing free mentoring and business development tools for SMEs, has been launched by the Small Firms Association (SFA).

Up to 400 new places are now available to SME owner-managers and leadership teams across all industries. Any private sector business with between five and 250 employees is eligible to participate in the 12-week programme.

MentorsWork offers one-to-one mentoring from an independent professional mentor, experienced in the business area, as well as masterclasses and peer-to-peer workshops.

The initiative includes an online diagnostic tool to provide insights and help business owners and managers identify key skills and development needs. This forms the basis of bespoke mentoring to address business challenges and to plan for growth. There is also access to a self-paced learning portal and online resources in the MentorsWorks business development package which is free to business owners and managers of SMEs.

The programme is provided by the Small Firms Association (SFA) in partnership with Skillnet Ireland.  Encouraging registration, SFA director, Sven Spollen-Behrens, said MentorsWork is an excellent resource for Irish SMEs to tackle skills gaps and development needs, in order to rebuild business.

“Few businesses were unscathed by the pandemic,” Spollen-Behrens said. “Some managed to adjust, and many took their business offering online and learned to lead teams remotely. But now is the time to identify a clear path to future growth, and MentorsWork is an excellent starting point. Mentorswork represents an investment in your business and we encourage companies to engage with this free programme.”

This latest phase of the SME support programme has up to 400 places available to SME owners or senior managers.  Places will be allocated across the summer and early autumn, with priority given to eligible applications received by 31 July next.

Business owners and managers can apply to participate in MentorsWork at https://mentorswork.ie/




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