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What is the Volunteer Business Support Scheme?

The pandemic has created significant economic downturn and uncertainty for businesses across the UK and Hertfordshire is particularly vulnerable to these threats due to a high proportion of micro, small and medium sized enterprises. The central point of access for business support in the county, Hertfordshire Growth Hub, has seen a huge increase in demand from businesses that are seeking support to help them minimise the impacts.

Due to this unprecedented situation, Hertfordshire Growth Hub, powered by the Hertfordshire LEP, in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire have devised a free business mentoring scheme. Micro, small and medium sized businesses in the county who are struggling as a result of the pandemic, can utilise the scheme and gain ongoing support. The scheme 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.

What can I expect as a volunteer?

We appreciate that you will be giving up your valuable time and encourage our 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 is based on support offered online through email, video call and telephone.

You will need to sign-up to our volunteer arrangement and attend an induction session to understand the scheme process with training on coaching, mentoring, effective signposting and referrals.

Ongoing support will be available to you throughout the duration of the scheme.

Register your interest

Complete the form below to express your interest in joining the Volunteer Business Support Scheme.

If you have already volunteered as a mentor through Hertfordshire Growth Hub's COVID-19 Resource Hub, you do not need to re-register. A member of the team will be in touch with you shortly.

Get free support for your business

If you are interested in benefitting from the scheme, you can find out more about the support that is available here.