Government pledges £50,000 to mentoring businesswomen

The government is committing £50,000 of new funding to create networking and mentoring opportunities for women in business, as a way of introducing them to potential advisers

The Meet a Mentor sessions are designed to introduce businesswomen to potential advisers through speed mentoring, as well as giving them the opportunity to network with their peers and learn about other business support.

The programme of events is run by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE) Last year’s sessions saw over 800 people register, with more than four-fifths of attendees forming a mentoring relationship.

Nicky Morgan, secretary of state for education and minister for women and equalities, said: ‘Women now run 20% of our SMEs – a total of one million businesses – and we want to support even more to showcase their talent through entrepreneurship.

‘We know many women still feel less confident in their business skills than men. Mentoring can bring huge benefits by boosting confidence and building know-how and that’s why I am delighted to announce new funding for these excellent events.’

The events will kick off in Newcastle on 22 September, with further events taking place in London (5 October), Birmingham (9 November), Leeds (3 December) and Glasgow (13 January 2016).

Businesswomen seeking mentors and those wanting to share their knowledge and experience can sign up for the free events here

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