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Business Mentoring Programme to Bolster Scotland’s Economic Recovery

David Paul

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Mentoring Programme

The programme, run in partnership between the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) and the Scottish Government, will guide businesses facing issues after the outbreak.

Scottish Business Cares (SBC), a collaboration between the SBRC and the Scottish Government, will help businesses hit by Covid-19 to survive the lockdown and drive Scotland’s economic recovery.

The programme will involve a one-to-one mentoring service for Scottish organisations who need immediate support in overcoming challenges as the country comes out of lockdown, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Around 10 successful entrepreneurs and senior business leaders have signed up to mentor organisations looking to adapt their business due to the pandemic.

The mentors all have previous economic crisis experience gained during the 2008 financial crash as well as previous experience with business growth and success. They have also agreed to use their extensive networks to enable introductions that will benefit mentees.

Jude McCorry, CEO of SBRC, commented: “SBRC has been running Business Resilience webinars specific to Covid-19 since March, giving nearly 3,000 people the high-level advice that they need to make decisions around legal and financial challenges.

“What we now need is one-to-one mentoring for organisations who require more specific support to overcome immediate challenges and get back on their feet. We are delighted to work with the Scottish Government to provide this.

“We are very much looking forward to the mentoring programme making a tangible difference to businesses whilst helping to bolster the Scottish economy on the road to recovery.”

The programme will launch later this month (June 2020) with an initial 50 SMEs and grow based on demand and funding availability.

In addition to the mentoring programme, SBC will host webinars on the practical, financial, and legal issues businesses are facing as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

It is also developing an app with a range of functionality including an assessment tool for organisations to review and support resilience planning.

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Belinda Roberts, founder of WeDO Scotland, member of the Scottish Business Cares Advisory Board and who is running the programme, added: “The challenges facing businesses in light of Covid-19 are unparalleled.

“The Scottish Business Cares mentoring programme has been specifically created to offer support and guidance to businesses as they emerge from lockdown and map out their future paths.

“SMEs are the lifeblood of the Scottish economy and it’s essential that they are given every advantage to ensure their ongoing viability and success.

“Our team of mentors have demonstrable business expertise and knowledge, which is backed by specialist advice where required, from experts in the fields of investment, legal and financial management as well as grant funding and support from the public sector and governments.”

Organisations are invited to join a webinar on 15th June at 10am. Click here for more information.

David Paul

Staff Writer, DIGIT

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