A low-interest loan is just the beginning.

Having a great business mentor is as important, if not more important, than securing a loan when starting your business.

That’s why when you’re approved for a loan you’ll be able to access our mentoring service. Whether you need a quick call for some advice or you’re looking for somebody to run an idea past, we’re here for you. We will understand your requirements then match you up with a suitable experienced mentor.

Become a mentor

The Value of Mentoring

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Meet our Mentors

Meet a selection of our mentors throughout the UK. We are constantly adding new mentors to our network so, if you are a recipient of a Start Up Loan, and have a preference for a mentor, please let us know.

Charlotte Nichols
Charlotte NicholsDarlington
Business owner and managing director of a Darlington based PR, social media and content marketing firm as well as a fledgling children’s author. A previous winner of ‘If We Can You Can’ Face of Entrepreneurship and Star Radio’s Business Person of the Year.
Tom Lovelace
Tom LovelaceLondon
Tom Lovelace is currently the co-founder and Creative Director of Hawthorn International, a London based entrepreneur in the luxury goods industry. Areas of expertise include overseas negotiation, design and product innovation, business expansion and trend analysis.
Tony Couch
Tony CouchDumfries & Galloway
Tony Couch benefits from a wide range of business and management experience gained across the UK and Europe including financial services, hospitality, consultancy and business development. He is particularly interested in quality and compliance, marketing, business planning, cashflow development and operational effectiveness.
Barry James
Barry JamesSheffield
Barry specialises in Crowdfunding, Marketing, IT, Funding and Strategy but has experience across many other fields. He is also the Founder/CEO of, AngelRevolutions and The Social Foundation.
Danny Melia
Danny MeliaCheshire
Danny Melia is a Director at Melia and Cheung Limited and holds 15+ years experience assisting in financial aspects of small business operations. He specialises in Cashflow forecasts, VAT, corporate tax, income tax, bookkeeping and setting up business with HMRC.
Adeel Ghaffar
Adeel GhaffarEssex
An entrepreneur, startup enabler and recognised mentor (trained by SFEDI) in UK and Pakistan. Also part of part of mentors for The World Bank, Women Entrepreneurship project ‘WomenX’.
Paul French
Paul FrenchHampshire
Paul French owns a business in Digital Media Production and has 40 years of relevant experience. He specialises in Startups, Business plan preparation, Microbusiness management and taking concepts from innovation and design to final production
Philippa Seal
Philippa SealLondon
Philippa Seal is an independent business mentor as well as a small business growth advisor. She specialises in Marketing (both digital and social), start-ups, small businesses, profit and loss, freelancers and creative and tech businesses.
Stephen Dykes
Stephen DykesCheshire
Stephen Dykes is the director of Add-ICT Solutions Ltd. He has had 15+ years experience in Business Development within organisations of various sizes. He has also operated as a freelance consultant working for organisations such as Cisco and BT.
John Bottomley
John BottomleyWindsor and Maidenhead
John Bottomley has trained in-house with Oxford Innovation for 6 years and is now a self-employed Business Coach/Mentor. He specialises in Electrical Engineering, Materials, Energy Innovation, Start-Up Business, Sales and Marketing.
James Aberley
James AberleyStaffordshire
James Aberley is the Managing Director of SO Marketing Ltd and Director of iQuatics Ltd. He specialises in IT, Websites, Graphic Design, PR, Sales, Marketing, Online Retail and Copywriting and he has experience running an SME.
Rob Jones
Rob JonesStockport
Rob is a skilled Senior Financial Management Professional, with excellent experience gained managing the finances of large, global organisations. His impressive CV includes financial director roles at Alstom Ireland, Alstom Netherlands and Japanese conglomerate Yokogawa. He has also led fundraising for creative digital and software firms.
Kim Rose
Kim RoseHereford
Business development and strategy professional with sales and process management expertise. An engineer by training, a business developer by choice. Senior International corporate roles with Hewlett-Packard, TDK, Compaq, OKI and SMART Modular Technologies, latterly in SME markets.
Fiona McKeith
Fiona McKeithNewcastle
Over the past 2 decades, Fiona has founded and built up a market leading luxury holiday property agency, in the north east of England. Areas of experience include property development, hospitality, interior design and tourism.
Sean Haran
Sean HaranNewcastle
Sean runs Animus PR and is a qualified journalist and Public Relations consultant. He works with clients to identify and develop their stories to secure valuable coverage in newspapers, magazines, on TV and radio, as well as advising on how to position clients in the media, how to grow positive reputations and build brand awareness.
Scott Manford
Scott ManfordNewcastle
Scott was a director of a technology start-up for over 5 years, helping to grow this company from incorporation to over 200 staff during his time there. He left to take on a directorship role at Newcastle Racecourse, where he is currently. His background is in finance, having been big 4 trained, and qualifying into a corporate finance role where he advised numerous businesses.
Joy Chopp
Joy ChoppLondon
Joy has worked in the enterprise sector for many years, as a lecturer presenting Start-up seminars and as a one-to-one adviser for aspiring owners. She works with many business support organisations on all aspects of self-employment, business start up and business planning. She has also successfully owned and sold 3 businesses.
Eric Sutherland
Eric SutherlandEdinburgh
A Writer, Editor and Proofreader who can deliver business and technical documentation from Business Plans, Tenders, Bids, RFIs, RFPs to User Guides, Training Courses, CE Mark Technical Files, Product Technical Files, Technical Reference Manuals and Specifications.
Louise Graham
Louise GrahamLondon
Louise is a creative, award-winning marketer with a passion for great ideas. Throughout her career, she has bridged the roles of events, marketing & business development. Working with ground-breaking ideas and technologies, she excels at uncovering and bringing to life new brands & innovations.

Become A Mentor

Could you spare a few hours every month to support a new entrepreneur?

We are on the look-out for people throughout the UK to join our bank of volunteers, helping to support, advise and inspire a start-up.

If you understand, and are passionate about, business please get in touch. Contact Mandy Corr if you’d like to volunteer -

Become a mentor