Mentor Programme


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.

Clients (or client companies) can avail of up to two mentoring sessions per 12 month period. Please note that the three hour session can include both time spent by the mentor with the client, and any additional work that the mentor will complete for the benefit of the client (research, etc.)

Who Qualifies?

Business Mentoring Programmes is open to both new and existing businesses located withìn County Clare.

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

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Brexit Mentor Sessions

While a lot of uncertainty exists around exactly what Brexit will mean for the business landscape in Ireland and further afield, there are supports available that will help mitigate some of the risks. Local Enterprise Office Clare is committed to supporting our clients in preparing for the risks and opportunities that Brexit poses. 

This FREE 1 x 3hr Brexit mentoring sessions with an approved Brexit Mentor will enable clients to talk through their concerns regarding Brexit, as well as discuss supports and services available that can help you re-evaluate your options. This mentoring service will be delivered via phone or video call.

 Key areas the Brexit Mentor can provide guidance on include:

  • Brexit Scorecard – support in completing a free online assessment to determine your business exposure
  • Customs Procedures and Signposting (Documentation Requirements/Agents etc.)
  • Advice on potential Tariffs
  • Currency Exposure
  • Regulatory Impacts
  • Movement of People
  • Diversifying into new markets
  • Intertrade Ireland Supports and Grants

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Export Development Mentoring Session


Due to the uncertainty created by Brexit, Irish businesses are now looking at export opportunities further afield. Local Enterprise Office Clare is committed to supporting our clients on their export journey. 

This FREE 1 x 3 hour mentoring session with an Export Development Mentor will enable clients to talk through their concerns regarding export markets, as well as discuss supports and services available.

 Key areas the Export Development Mentor can provide guidance on include:

  • Diversifying into new markets
  • Currency Exposure
  • Regulatory Impacts
  • Marketing
  • Supports and Grants

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