Elaine Reilly, mentor Elaine Reilly, mentor

Elaine Reilly, business start-up mentorI have been mentoring for the past two years and have found it extremely rewarding. The programme attracts mentees with a variety of business ideas and the amount and type of support is very varied.

Last year one of my mentees, Marta, wished to set up her own cafe. She had found the premises and had a clear idea of her offering wanting it to reflect her culture. I was able to provide support on many levels from reviewing menus, providing legislative information and letting Marta’s partner shadow a working day...I was also happy to sample lots of delicious cake!

Mentoring is a two way experience because every person you encounter brings knowledge and ideas and it is a great way of making you review your own business practices.