Barclays volunteers, including retired employees, are supporting a business mentoring initiative launched this week in the UK.
The MentorsMe programme matches small and medium-sized businesses with either individual mentors experienced in a relevant profession, or mentoring organisations. Business owners can apply for a mentor through a new web portal, which opened on Monday, 4 July.
The initiative is led by the Business Finance Taskforce (BFT) – a group which comprises five leading banks in the UK, including Barclays, and the British Banking Association, the Chairman of which is Barclays Chairman Marcus Agius.
It forms part of the BFT’s Better Business Finance campaign, which aims to provide impartial support to business banking customers seeking to raise finance.
Steve Cooper, Managing Director, Barclays Business and Personal Banking Solutions, said: “This really shows Barclays at its best, with Barclays Business and Barclays Corporate working together to make this a success. In fact, we are one of the biggest providers of mentors in the initiative.
He added: "With 10,000 hits on the new mentoring web portal in its first 12 hours of operation, the initiative is clearly hitting the right mark with business."
Angela Knight, Chief Executive, British Bankers’ Association said: “We have had a resounding response from current and former bank staff, with over 200 volunteers already on board to support British businesses.”
All business mentors will be trained by the independent UK Skills Sector Body for Enterprise and Business Support, SFEDI.