A mentor from Brighton received one of the highest accolades at the recent Mentorsme Awards in London.
Photographer, Simon Callaghan was awarded Best Mentor at the Excellence in Enterprise Mentoring Awards on Tuesday 17th November.
More than 100 mentors, start-ups and support organisations joined together at the Digital Catapult Centre to celebrate mentoring and the significant impact it has on business success in the UK.
There were a variety of award categories ranging from Excellence in Start Up to Export and Innovation, but the Best Mentor award was the most hotly contended section.
â€œI’m absolutely over the moon to win an award like this. Itâ€™s incredible, especially given the caliber of other nominees. Their success and experience stretch over decades so to be mentioned in the same breath was incredibly flattering. I owe huge thanks to Lauren Psyk for her nomination & the Letâ€™s Do Business Group for the opportunity to mentor. Iâ€™d fully recommend mentoring to anyone who runs or owns a business.”
Simon was nominated for the award by one of his mentees, Lauren Psyk. Also based in Brighton, Lauren set-up her photography business in September of last year with the help of the Letâ€™s Do Business Group (LDBG). As part of the process she was matched with Simon as her mentor.
Not only did Simon guide and support Lauren, he helped her to build her confidence that enabled her to successfully grow her business.
Mentoring Manager at LDBG Kaye Crittell said:
â€œWe have always known the difference our volunteer business mentors can make to a business in the early months of trading, but itâ€™s a real boost to have the work they do recognised at national level.â€
Since working with Simon, Lauren has gone onto firmly establish herself within Brighton and the wider Sussex area and is successfully growing her business.
Simon initially joined LDBG as a mentor under the New Enterprise Allowance programme and now mentors start-ups through the Start Up Loans (SUL) scheme, delivered across the South of England by LDBG.
The SUL scheme is a government-initiative that helps businesses to get up and running with an affordable loan and mentor support.
Mentoring plays a pivotal role in supporting and guiding fledgling entrepreneurs in the early days of trading.
The Letâ€™s Do Business Group is the leading provider of business advice, training, access to finance and business events in the South East.