Mentoring & Business Advice Clinics

What is Mentoring 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.

Business help

Who Qualifies?

The Business Mentoring Programme is open to both new and existing businesses located in Kerry.

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
  • Pr & Sales

How to Apply for the Mentor Programme?

The mentoring service is fully subsidised by Kerry Local Enterprise Office. Please complete the APPLICATION FORM giving as much specific detail as possible. The application may be submitted to Kerry Local Enterprise Office via post or email.  A standard mentoring assignment comprises 2 face to face confidential meetings with a business mentor.  

The mentoring application form can be found at

or the Irish language version can be found at


If you are a practicing mentor in Kerry and would like to be considered for the Kerry Local Enterprise Office mentor panel, please contact Fiona Leahy (email) to discuss.