Volunteer Business Support Scheme
Experienced business professionals, your county needs you!
The COVID-19 crisis has created significant economic downturn and uncertainty for businesses across the UK. Hertfordshire is particularly vulnerable to these threats due to a high proportion of micro-businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises.
During these unprecedented times, Hertfordshire Growth Hub, the central point of access for business support in the county, has seen a huge increase in demand from businesses that are seeking support to help them minimise the impact of COVID-19.
How will the scheme work?
Working in partnership, the University of Hertfordshire and Hertfordshire Growth Hub, powered by the Hertfordshire LEP, have devised the Volunteer Business Support Scheme. The scheme will create a network of volunteers, all of which will play a vital role in supporting Hertfordshire businesses that are either critically distressed or experiencing new demands. It complements the peer-to-peer mentoring and coaching section of the Hertfordshire Growth Hub's COVID-19 Resource Hub and encourages businesses to work together during this uncertain time.
The Volunteer Business Support Scheme will create 'business support cells'; a network of volunteers from business backgrounds, with experience of managing or coaching at a strategic level. Volunteers should have a passion for supporting businesses to realise their potential.
If your business is interested in benefitting from the scheme you should initially contact the Hertfordshire Growth Hub, who will refer eligible businesses on to the scheme. Businesses will be matched to a volunteer who will be able to provide help and guidance aligned to business need.
What can I expect as a volunteer?
We appreciate that you will be giving up your valuable time and we encourage volunteers and the businesses they are supporting to work in a flexible manner. We anticipate that volunteers will need to dedicate about 2 hours a week to support their allocated businesses. The scheme will be based on support offered online through email/video calls or by telephone and in a way that works for both volunteers and businesses.
You will need to sign-up to our volunteer arrangement and will receive an induction to understand the scheme process with training on coaching and mentoring, and effective signposting and referrals.
Ongoing mentorship and support will be available to you throughout the duration of the scheme.
How do I sign up to volunteer?
Complete the form below to express your interest in joining the Volunteer Business Support Scheme.
If you have already volunteered as a mentor for Hertfordshire Growth Hub's COVID-19 Resource Hub, do not worry about re-registering. A member of the team will be in touch with you shortly.