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.

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The Value of Mentoring

Transmit Startups mentor Richard Myers with loan recipient Hannah Proctor of Aphrodite & Ares

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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.
Daniel Abbay
Daniel AbbayLondon
I am a highly accomplished entrepreneur with 20+ years experience in starting and running several businesses. My specialities are Service Design, Branding and Digital marketing.
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.
Dennis Lenard
Dennis LenardLondon
Dennis Lenard is CEO at Creative Navy and a digital product architect. He has helped to shape and launch more than 150 digital products in industries such as healthcare, finance, FMCG, business services and e-commerce.
Federico Fregosi
Federico FregosiLondon
Experienced engineering leader with a strong interest in distributed, highly scalable and cloud-based systems. Currently at Contino as Principal Consultant, responsible for the swift completion, mentorship and technical leadership of
transformation projects in large, regulated enterprises.

Gary Lumby MBE FCIBS
Gary Lumby MBE FCIBSBillingham
Gary was until 2011, UK Director of SME Banking at Yorkshire and Clydesdale Banks and also held the roles of Head of Retail Banking and Head of Business Banking for Yorkshire Bank . He was previously North East and Cumbria Regional Director of SME Banking for Barclays Bank.

Gary is a Non-Executive Director himself, at a large number of SME’s across the UK were he advises the Management on Growth Strategies, Business Development, Marketing , HR, Risk Management, Finance, M&A’s and Corporate Governance.

Hayley Ramm
Hayley RammSunderland
With an energy and a passion for self employment I love to talk all things start up! My self employment days have helped me go through the rollercoaster ride of the ups and downs of setting up businesses and learning so very much and still to this day I develop, listen and read to improve what I deliver. My background career is 20 years in HR & Recruitment and I now transfer this experience into my Freelance role as a Specialist HR & Recruitment Administrator working with some wonderful SME clients.
Joanne Webb
Joanne WebbChichester
Joanne Webb is a gentle guide, educator and award-winning artist intertwining a fine art background from the Royal Academy, a passion for design, British manufacturing, spirituality, creativity and wellbeing. Her unique mixture of fine art, surface pattern design, mesmerising lifestyle brand, sacredness and teaching is rare, liberating, and authentic.
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.
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.
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
Peter Brewis
Peter BrewisConsett
Peter founded and runs a North East based gardening franchise which has a focus on helping people setup and run their own successful business. He also has 20+ years of accounting and financial management experience working with a wide range of small and medium sized businesses as well as public sector and non-profits.
Peter Smith BA CEng. MIET MCMI MIC FRSABracknell
Peter began his career as an engineering apprentice at the age of 16, was a manager by the age of 25 and entered senior management leading a team of over 500 people by his late 30’s. At age 49 he then began a new career spanning several years during which he travelled widely providing consultancy services to large international companies. He held several interim positions at Director Level and led Project Management teams at a senior level.
Malcolm McPhee
Malcolm McPheeBeverley
I have been an entrepreneur since my late teens building many varied businesses from scratch. From my 30 years working in different businesses I have developed a great understanding of start-ups and the many hurdles facing SMEs and have an abundance of experience in overcoming those challenges.

I am a people person and enjoy working with individuals or groups to help them grow in confidence which enables them to develop themselves and their businesses.

Malcolm Nicolls
Malcolm NicollsBarkshire
Malcolm is a non-executive director, advisor and mentor whose career started as an electronics engineer researching advanced radar sensors. Following roles in systems integration and as business development manager for missile systems at GEC-Marconi Malcolm moved into communications technology and joined Nortel Networks.
Neil Mulkern
Neil MulkernMaidenhead
Following a corporate career with IBM where I was focused upon identifying, qualifying and nurturing relationships with third party application innovators, I founded and subsequently exited my own technology startup. I have since been advising a wide range of startups and spin outs with a particular emphasis on the journey from innovation to investment readiness.
Paul Osborn
Paul OsbornLeicestershire
Paul Osborn runs Startup Circle, a Lean Startup consultancy and early-stage incubator. With extensive background in software product development and having started multiple businesses, he specialises in a "Customer-First" approach to helping solopreneurs get their first 100 customers.
Remi Okeshola
Remi OkesholaBracknell
Remi is a strategic and commercially focused thinker with extensive experience in raising finance, consulting with businesses and helping with profitability initiatives for SME’s. He has a passion for working with micro, small and medium size enterprises helping them start right and grow profitably.
Ted Rowlands
Ted RowlandsLondon
Experienced business mentor, with over 30 years’ experience in business mentoring. Fully qualified business adviser. Former Head of the Prince’s Trust Business Programme in Greater Manchester, and adviser to the Home Office BAME Business Programme. Banker by trade.
Tod Yeadon
Tod YeadonNewcastle
Ten years developing innovative digital B2B services, both manned and SAAS, with a mission to improve working practices.

Twenty years experience in acquiring and publishing music & video content for new media platforms.

Specialties: Video Innovation, Marketing, licensing operations, start-ups and management strategy.

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.

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