are chartered accountants) are recruited as mentors and provide 30 hours of mentorship over six months, either as individuals or as a commercial company or accounting/auditing firm.
Accordingly, suitable mentors and protégés are matched and introduced to each other at a workshop held to explain the programme and provide guidance.
“The mentors only work with entrepreneurs for 30 hours over a six-month period. But what we’ve found – with all the people that went on the programme – is the 30 hours help the entrepreneurs with the basics,” says Pearce.
The results have been positive. Says Pearce: “What’s been nice for us to see from quite a few of our partners is a more durable link between the entrepreneur and the CA.