SECRET Millionaire Carl Hopkins has taken up a new voluntary role as a mentoring ambassador to help new entrepreneurs.
Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk announced key milestones in mentoring support for entrepreneurs at the first Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Europe.
He said that the Get Mentoring initiative to recruit 15,000 volunteer business mentors has now passed the halfway mark with more than 7,500 signed up.
Once trained they will join 11, 000 mentors already available through the mentorsme.co.uk portal launched last year.
Four thousand of the Get Mentoring volunteers have already been trained meaning that there are now 15,000 mentors available through the portal.
Brighouse entrepreneur Mr Hopkins has now thrown his support behind the plans to create a network of tens and thousands of business mentors and promote the Get Mentoring initiative and mentorsme portal by becoming a mentor ambassador.
“Only when I look back over my career do I see the important and positive impact mentors had on my life in business.
“This mentoring took the form of informal but regular talks on a range of business issues, always learning from those who had gone before.
“I am delighted to support Mentorsme so that I, and so many others in business, can share the learnings and experiences to support the businesses and entrepreneurs of today.”
The week long congress in Liverpool has seen a range of activities to champion the entrepreneurial spirit of business people in the UK and around the world. The total number of volunteers signed up to the Get Mentoring initiative is now 7,544.
Mr Prisk said: “The Government is committed to making the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a business. We have already launched a new BusinessLink website to provide a single comprehensive place for people to get the information they need to start a business and will be providing coaching opportunities for high growth potential businesses.”