Mentoring Scheme

The Mentor Academy, Reading Business Club’s initiative to give business owners the benefit of its members’ expertise for six months, is open to applicants.

If you have a start-up business idea, want to change your business direction or have reached a plateau and would like free expert advice to move forward, then you could benefit from the Reading Business Mentor Academy’s programme.

If selected you will enjoy advice and support across a range of business disciplines as well as benefiting from the experiences of Reading Business Club members, each with many years’ experience of starting, developing and managing their own business.

If you are determined to succeed in business and wish to be considered for the next mentoring programme please send an mail to including some background on why you would like to apply for the mentoring scheme and a telephone number we can contact you on.

Since January 2007 many local businesses have completed the six-month programme, here’s what some previous mentees said about their experience of the Mentor Academy:

“As a start-up company and someone with very little business experience, there is a wealth of knowledge in the Club and everyone is not only encouraging and supportive, they are also a fantastic source of information.”

Caroline Edwards, Love2Read

“Thanks to the Mentor Academy we’ve been put in touch with professionals who can shine a light where it’s needed.”

Les Bennett, LP Bennett Building and Brickwork

“The techniques and the useful contacts I made help in the running of the business. I now have a business plan! But also I find I have much greater confidence in running the business and am less worried about the future; whatever happens, I feel I can deal with it.”

Brian Moffatt, Petrophase

“By being part of the Mentor Programme I have learnt so much about “best practice” for running a business, as well as becoming much more streamlined in the work I do – i.e. saying NO to the things I was doing that were taking me a lot of time and not creating a lot of revenue. This was a hard learning curve for me but hugely valuable to my work/life balance and bank balance!”

Ellie Gosling, Barnes Fitness