Backing for new business

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A BRIGHOUSE training company has been appointed to run a new programme to help local businesses throughout Calderdale benefit from a mentor.

Calderdale Council has given the task to Lattitude 7, headed by Martin Haigh, to set up a business-to-business mentoring scheme to encourage established local businesses to pass on their expertise to those who have just set up or are looking to grow.

Having been on the journey of becoming self-employed and benefiting from Caderdale Council’s start-up grant and Silver Entrepreneurs support programme, Mr Haigh is looking to share his skills and knowledge with others.

“I’m delighted to be running this mentoring programme, which centres on the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by mentors in providing support to mentees,” he said.

The council is looking for mentors from businesses across Calderdale who are willing to give their time and share their experience, and for mentees from businesses who wish to benefit.

The scheme applies to most business sectors in Calderdale, including retail.

It provides a full package of support, including training, accreditation to the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), induction into the roles of mentor and mentee, access to a mentoring tool kit and links to additional business support networks and projects.

The venture is part of the council’s work to help strengthen Calderdale’s economy and tackle the recession.

Calderdale Council’s spokesman for Economy and Environment Coun Barry Collins said: “It is inspiring to see businesses pulling together in these tough times. We have a great deal of business expertise and experience in Calderdale and a wealth of innovative new businesses.

“The business-to-business mentoring scheme will help build links between businesses for the good of the local economy.”

For more informations becoming a mentor or a mentee, or for more about the scheme, call Jocy Hunter on 01422 3921146 or