Mentoring

**COVID-19 UPDATE** 

Covid-19 has created an incredibly challenging operating environment for business in Westmeath. There is a huge level of uncertainty and many questions & variables around cash flow, relationships with your customers, your suppliers and your banks, temporary and ceasing of trading, setting up virtual communications structures between employees or suppliers, selling products or gift vouchers online and staff continuity options. Currently, we need to focus on the essentials of business, we need to have purpose and we need to take action.

LEO Westmeath is working exceptionally hard to develop responses and practical approaches to help at this time.

We are very much open for business and strongly encourage you to talk to us about how we might help. We have LEO staff and a panel of mentors available to chat through your concerns and can advise and guide you as best possible.

We will continue to make available the most up-to-date information on supports and national level responses on our website & social media channels.

Our mentors will be able to provide and assist you with a roadmap of the most important things you need to do now in order to help your business to navigate the coming weeks and months. While face to face meetings are currently not an option, this mentoring will be delivered by skype/phone calls/email etc. Mentoring can be anything from 1 hour to a maximum of 9 hours and more importantly during these difficult times we have waived the fee.

If you are interested in working with a mentor, please contact the office on 044-9338945 or by email to localenterprise@westmeathcoco.ie. Remember it’s FREE.

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Local Enterprise Office Westmeath has formed a panel of experienced Business Mentors that are available to meet with business owners to advise them on particular issues in their business. Issues that we provide mentors on include business planning, human resource and employment legislation issues, financial matters, taxation, marketing, procurement, operations management and intellectual property rights. Specialist advisors are also available for the craft, food, engineering, manufacturing and retail sectors.

We endeavour to match a Mentor to a particular client with the key objective that the Mentor will provide advice and information, assist the business in identifying areas for improvement, devise action plans and offer guidance in implementing these plans.

A Mentors primary role is to listen, offer advice and provide guidance. As each business is unique and has its own individual requirements, a mentor identifies the specific needs of their client and customises the advice to the particular business.

How to Apply ?

Step 1 - Contact the Local Enterprise Office to discuss your exact requirements. You may be required to attend a meeting with the Business Advisor to assess your needs before your proceed to the next stage of application.

Step 2 - Fill out  and submit the Mentoring Application Form which can be downloaded here

Step 3 - Once your application has been reviewed and approved, you can pay the €70 fee.

  • You will be required to pay a booking fee of €70 with your application for mentoring assistance. This payment can be made online, We can only organise mentoring upon receipt of this payment.
  • Your application with then be assessed and an appropriate mentor will be assigned to you.
  • Your contact details will be forwarded to one of our approved mentors who will make contact with you.
  • On completion of the mentoring visits, you will be asked to complete a brief evaluation
  • A hardcopy of the application form can be downloaded here.
  • There is a wealth of experience and expertise in our business community and it is our hope to assist your business in benefiting from that experience.
  • A standard mentoring assignment is three sessions (3 x 3 hours). The fee for this standard assignment is €70.00. 
 

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