Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress has been made on his Department's initiative to recruit business mentors.

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

Get Mentoring is a Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI-led) project supported by grant funding (from both BIS and the Government Equalities Office,) to recruit and train 15,000 volunteer business mentors from the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) community.

We are encouraged by the great response from the business community to the national mentoring recruitment drive. Over 12,000 volunteer business mentors have signed up to the Get Mentoring initiative since November 2011 and more than 7,000 of them have already completed training. This is a great achievement to help create a valuable business resource that has not been available before.

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