Guiding light for business
Businesses are booming as a thriving mentor scheme goes from strength to strength.
Since it started almost five years ago, Business Trust Marlborough mentors have helped out about 150 businesses across the region.
And a new chairman has been appointed to help ensure the organisation continues to help companies survive and grow.
David Hall has stepped down as chair after three years. His deputy, Brendon Burns, was unanimously supported by trustees to succeed him at the trust’s monthly meeting last week.
Hall says positive feedback from businesses has shown input from the group has even helped some stay open.
‘‘We started with some great backing from the Nelson sister organisation and have gone from strength to strength.
‘‘For close to five years we’ve provided low-cost mentoring services to nearly 150 Marlborough businesses.
‘‘Some of the feedback has been fantastic, with businesses telling us we’ve helped them to survive, succeed and grow,’’ he says.
With about 30 mentors, the group is made up of volunteers who want to help grow jobs in Marlborough.
Hall, who will stay on as a board member, says the variety of skills on offer have helped make the initiative work.
‘‘These people come with a huge range of skills. They give up considerable amounts of their time on a voluntary basis to assist businesses and help our region keep growing jobs,’’ he says.
Burns said he was looking forward to working more closely with trustees and mentors as well as trust manager Brian Dawson.
Burns also represents the trust on the board of the Angel Investors Marlborough group, for which the trust provides management services.
‘‘While the two organisations each stand on their own feet, they each punch above their weight in making our region grow and prosper,’’ he says.