A BUSINESSMAN is using his free time to offer mentoring support for young peoplewanting to set up their own business.
James Bartleet volunteers his services via the Let’s Do Business Group offering advice to start-up loan applicants.
He has seen around a dozen people since the Own Grown initiative was set up.
Mr Bartleet said: “In order to get a loan applicants have to complete a business plan and prove that it is a sensible idea for a new venture. They also need to show they can pay the loan back so I help them make their plan realistic.
“Often applicants struggle with marketing and selling themselves as well as understanding cash flow.”
Mr Bartleet runs three businesses himself, one of which is Jaytec Glass Limited on the Ivyhouse Lane Industrial Estate.
He said he supported the Own Grown campaignand added: “Anything that teaches people in a practical way about businesses is worthwhile. This country is great at coming up with new ideas but sometimes we don’t have the practical skills in turning a small idea into a big business.”
The Own Growncampaign was launched in February and aims to get 1,066 pledges from companies to help young people in a multitude of ways over the next year.
Businesses can help those under 18 and school leavers in a variety of ways, such as talks at schools about working and developing a career, help with CV writing and interview techniques, and work experience, as well as support for a young person setting up a new business or self-employment. Businesses can pledge support via www.owngrown.org.uk, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or ringing 01424 451795.