Dormen joins Network

Dormen has become one of the first business mentoring organisations in the country to be part of the new national mentoring network – – which was launched on 4 July 2011.

The new network and web portal have been set up by the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) and are designed to make it easy for anyone running a small business to find a suitable mentor in their area. The portal provides links to a growing number of mentoring organisations across the UK.

The network was officially launched at a meeting in the House of Commons attended by over 200 people including mentors and mentees, and those running mentoring organisations. Dormen was represented by Kevin Poulton, Teresa Allwood and Vivian Dunn.

Welcoming the new initiative, Mark Prisk MP, Business and Enterprise Minister, said:

“From my own experiences running a small business I know how valuable insight can be from people who have done it all before. Small business owners have repeatedly told us that the support they value most comes from other experienced business people. For the first time in the UK, there will be a single, cohesive network of mentoring provision.”

Angela Knight, Chief Executive, British Bankers’ Association said: “We recognise it is often a lonely place to be for a business when stepping out on their own for the first time or running their existing business day to day. That’s when a mentor can help. We hope that through the launch of this new initiative and portal, the help businesses can receive through mentoring generally will be much easier to access and better supported.”

Dormen at the launch of the new mentor network

L-R: Vivian Dunn, Angela Knight (Chief Executive, BBA) and Teresa Allwood