Habia backs salon mentoring scheme
Habia has pledged its support for the Government's Get Mentoring scheme, which help encourages small businesses such as salons and spas mentor one another. Get Mentoring was launched in November and aims to offer free business mentoring training to the owners and staff of small businesses such as salons and spas. It will do this by initially training managers to become mentors so that they can support and mentor other businesses. Habia said it wants to ensure the hair and beauty industry has access to some of the government funding for this initiative. THe association will host an employers' summit in London at the end of February. The Get Mentoring scheme was announced in November and is led by the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI), with partners from associations including the UK Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Business and the Forum of Private Business. Training to become a mentor takes up to seven hours and can be done online, via distance learning or at a training session around the UK. Mentors will receive a SFEDI Certificate of Recognition for completing the Introduction to Enterprise Mentoring Course, free membership of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (IoEE) and a listing on www.mentorsme.co.uk, a national web portal that provides a single point of access to mentoring services. Habia chief executive Alan Goldsbro said, 'Mentoring can be an extremely powerful and instructive tool for anyone running a business or thinking of running one. A good mentor can pass onto you their own knowledge and experience, giving you a vital head start.' Ruth Lowbridge, SFEDI chair, said, 'Get Mentoring is about small and micro-businesses helping each other to succeed. Through this project, new and growing businesses can benefit from the experience of those that have 'been there and done that', and the volunteer mentors can also learn new ideas and give back to the enterprise community.' Habia's Employers Summit takes place on 27 February in London and will give employers the chance to speak directly to SFEDI staff on how Get Mentoring can help their staff and business, as well as learn more about other initiatives such as the forthcoming Habia Skills Academy (HSA) and survey results from Habia's Big Conversation initiative.