Starting a business takes careful preparation and research. Take good advice at this planning stage, and you may well avoid costly mistakes later on.

A business mentor can give you honest and constructive feedback, as well as provide useful contacts and pass on valuable experience.

There are mentorship programmes to suit all kinds of businesses, including startups, here's a few of our favourites:

  • Mentorsme

    Offers businesses access to a list of quality-assured business mentoring organisations across Britain

  • Meet a Mentor events

    Free events run by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs to bring together mentors and mentees, including some events specifically for female entrepreneurs

  • Social enterprise mentoring programme

    Social Enterprise Mentoring gives experienced business leaders the opportunity to use their skills to support social entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and help create the jobs of tomorrow

  • Mentoring for young people aged 18-30

    The Prince's Trust Enterprise programme provides support, training and mentoring for young people who are unemployed or working for fewer than 16 hours per week

  • Mentoring for people who are currently out of work

    The New Enterprise Allowance can provide mentoring support and a financial allowance to help you start your own business if you are receiving certain benefits

  • The Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs

    How to find and access a mentor via this web-based educational and professional networking community for anyone thinking about starting their own business

  • British Library Business & IP Centre 

    Advice and expertise is available in face to face sessions at the British Library