New Enterprise Allowance: information for mentors
What a New Enterprise Allowance mentor does, how to become one and details of the organisations that match new businesses with a mentor.
New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) can provide money and support to help people start their own business if they get certain benefits and have a business idea that could work. This includes support from a business mentor.
What does a mentor do?
Entrepreneurs starting up their business with the help of NEA need mentoring support at a critical time during the development of their business plan.
A mentor provides this support usually for an 8 week period (sometimes extended to 12 weeks in exceptional cases). Face-to-face mentoring is required as part of this voluntary role.
You can gain from the experience of being a mentor. It can be as rewarding as getting your own business going.
How to become a mentor
The NEA programme is managed by different organisations (NEA providers) in different parts of the UK. These NEA providers match new businesses getting help from NEA with a mentor.
If you’re interested in becoming a mentor for entrepreneurs in your local area, please contact your local NEA provider (details below).
|Birmingham and Solihull, Black Country||PeoplePlus||Contact PeoplePlus|
|East Anglia, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland||Pinnacle People||Contact Pinnacle People|
|Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent||PeoplePlus||Contact PeoplePlus|
|Durham and Tees Valley, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear||Gateshead Council||
0191 433 2925
|North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire||Pinnacle People||Contact Pinnacle People|
|Cumbria||Cumbria Chamber of Commerce||
0845 226 0040
|North and West Lancashire||Cumbria Chamber of Commerce||
|East Lancashire||Cumbria Chamber of Commerce||
01254 356 438
|Merseyside||Cumbria Chamber of Commerce and Blue Orchid||
0151 284 7728
|Greater Manchester Central and Cheshire, Greater Manchester East and West||PeoplePlus||Contact PeoplePlus|
|North, East and South East Scotland||The Wise Group||
0141 314 1454
|Glasgow, Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire, West of Scotland||PeoplePlus||Contact PeoplePlus|
|Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, Gloucestershire and West of England||Gloucestershire Enterprise||
|Greater Wessex, Surrey and Sussex, Thames Valley||Pinnacle People||Contact Pinnacle People|
You can also get advice on becoming a mentor from www.mentorsme.co.uk.
Video about being a mentor
Claudia talks about setting up her business and the support she got from her mentor
Information if you want to start a business with the help of NEA
Go to www.gov.uk/new-enterprise-allowance for information about eligibility and how to apply.
NEA promotional videos
- Promotional material
Published: 21 January 2015
Updated: 25 February 2016
- Revised mentor contact details for 1) East Anglia, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland, 2) North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and 3) Greater Wessex, Surrey and Sussex, Thames Valley.
- Revised mentor contact details for Blue Orchid - Merseyside.
- Revised mentor contact details for Birmingham and Solihull, Black Country, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Greater Manchester Central and Cheshire, Greater Manchester East and West, Glasgow, Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire, West of Scotland and Wales.
- Updated contact details for East Anglia, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland area and Greater Wessex, Surrey and Sussex, Thames Valley area.
- First published.