Michelle speaks to Gazprom Energy about the Importance of Mentoring

30th October, 2017

To mark National Mentoring Day, our founder and CEO, Michelle Wright, took time to talk to leading business energy supplier, Gazprom Energy, about the important role mentors can play in the growth and development of small businesses.

As part of a panel of industry experts, mentors and mentees, Michelle detailed how matching the right mentor to the right business could offer a multitude of benefits. Michelle went on to discuss some of the schemes which help match the two parties in the mentoring relationship.

From helping the fledgeling businesses identify gaps in their current market and new markets to explore to managing and optimising cash flow; the benefits of mentorships are wide ranging and far reaching. With a huge array of mentors offering their expertise, there is the right professional to guide any young business from start-up to success.

Santander Business Breakthrough was given as an example of popular schemes – one that pairs female entrepreneurs with established, successful female professionals. However, there are a huge number of different schemes available to young businesses looking for someone with the expertise to guide them in the right direction.

Whilst business owners can be incredibly protective of their enterprise, an outsider’s perspective can often provide an alternative viewpoint and extra clarity. Even if a mentor just acts as a sounding board and a fresh pair of eyes, this position can provide a small business owner the confidence and belief to take their operation to a new level.

Gazprom Energy specialise in providing bespoke energy management solutions to businesses of all sizes, including start-ups and SMEs. It is this part of their audience who could really benefit from a mentorship. This is why they chose to talk to Michelle amongst other mentoring experts – to showcase the wide-ranging benefits such a scheme could have.

As part of the piece, Gazprom Energy spoke to both halves of a mentoring relationship – giving insight into how the partnership benefits the mentee and rewards the mentor. This provides evidence that mentoring works in practice, and not just on paper. And in an increasingly competitive business world, seeking the help and guidance of an experienced professional could be the difference between growth and stagnation.

You can find the full piece on the Gazprom Energy blog, and read the benefits shared by Michelle and the rest of the panel of experts.

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