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Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Anne Marie Morris Anne Marie Morris Conservative, Newton Abbot

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the number of business mentors.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

holding answer 7 June 2011

The Government want to improve access to, and raise awareness of, the diverse mentoring provision and expertise in the UK. To achieve this we have been working with the British Bankers Association (BBA), UK trade bodies and mentoring organisations to develop a single web-based gateway. I understand that the BBA has identified approximately 50 key mentoring organisations which they hope will join the portal. These organisations have approximately 12,000 business mentors currently aligned to them.

BIS is working with the BBA to make a more comprehensive assessment of the number of business mentors and to engage mentoring organisations, business organisations, multi national corporations and the banks to determine how to expand provision of business mentoring.

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