Success for start-up mentor at awards

by Christie Bristow-Diamond | Category Latest Blog | Nov 25, 2015

Mentor Simon with mentee Lauren and LDBG Mentoring Manager Kaye

(From left to right: Mentee Lauren Psyk with her Mentor Simon Callaghhan and Mentoring Manager at Let’s Do Business, Kaye Crittell)

Mentoring is hugely important to the success of businesses, both new and established and this was celebrated and recognised at the recent mentorsme Excellence in Enterprise Mentoring Awards.

We’re delighted to announce that Simon Callaghan, long-time mentor for the Let’s Do Business Group (LDBG) was crowned Best Mentor at the awards ceremony, held at the Digital Catapult Centre in London this week.

More than 100 mentors, start-ups and support organisations joined together to celebrate mentoring and the significant impact it has on business success in the UK.

Professional photographer, Simon was nominated by start-up mentee Lauren Psyk and fought off tough competition to win the category.

Lauren launched her photography business in September 2014 through the New Enterprise Allowance scheme with the help of the LDBG, as part of the process she was matched with Simon as her mentor.

As a successful photographer with years of experience, Simon was perfectly placed to mentor Lauren and help her to develop Lauren Psyk Photography.

Not only did Simon guide and support Lauren, he helped her to build her confidence which has enabled her to successfully grow her business.

We spoke to Lauren about her mentoring experience, she said:

“Not only did you get me a fantastic mentor in Simon, you and everyone at Let’s Do Business have supported me so much over the past year. This experience has helped me so much.”

We’d also like to extend our congratulations to both Lauren and fellow start-up Arti Sharma-Grey of Once Upon a Bus for both being shortlisted for the Excellence in Start Up Award.

Kaye Crittell, Mentoring Manager at Let’s Do Business Group said:

“We have always known the difference our volunteer business mentors can make to a business in the early months of trading, but it’s a real boost to have the work they do recognised at national level.”

The LDBG deliver the Start Up Loans (SUL) scheme across the South of England where mentoring plays an integral part of the Government-initiative, which helps new businesses to successfully start-up with the help of a low cost loan and mentor support.

SUL recipients are matched with a mentor who works with them throughout the first year of trading. All the mentors are either business owners or professionals, offering an invaluable opportunity to learn from those who’ve ‘been there, done it and got the t-shirt’.

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