The Mentor Programme is designed to match up the knowledge, skills, insights and entrepreneurial capability of experienced business practitioners with small business owner/ managers who need practical and strategic one to one advice and guidance. The mentor contributes independent, informed observation and advice to aid decision making.

All applications for mentor assistance are dealt with individually and are preceded by a business needs analysis to assess the key needs of the business and determine the most imperative mentoring objectives.


The Role of Mentor:

  • Listen
  • Advise and provide direction
  • Help the promoter identify problems and suggest areas for improvement
  • Discuss solutions and innovative ways of improving business activity
  • Help with the decision making process
  • Share experience and knowledge
  • Provide structure and context for discussion
  • Offer assistance in compiling a business plan

Areas of involvement typically include:

  • Business Strategy
  • Financial Planning
  • Market Research
  • Marketing & Promotion
  • Production Planning
  • Distribution
  • Corporate Organisation
  • Website Planning & Design

Who Qualifies?

One-to-one mentoring supports are available to established companies and in some cases to new business start-ups to address specific management needs on an individual company basis. Mentoring is only available to registered businesses with no greater than 10 employees who are located within the LEO region - i.e. County Cavan.

For new enterprises, priority is given to those business owners who have completed a Start Your Own Business Programme.

Businesses providing professional services (e.g. doctors, solicitors, accountants etc.) are not eligible for mentoring assistance.

If you think your business would benefit from mentoring support - Mentoring assignments are approved and arranged on an application and case by case basis; to discuss your business needs further, please contact our office on 049 4377 200 and ask to speak with one of our Business Advisors.