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Company leaders sign up to become business mentors

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An additional five major Shropshire business figures have joined the Shropshire Business Board’s scheme to offer mentoring support to Shropshire businesses.

The Shropshire Business Mentoring Scheme now boasts a total of ten ambassadors who offer voluntary mentoring support to new and fledgling businesses.

The five new ambassadors are: Karen Davies MBE, Managing Director, Heart of England Fine Foods; Alison Bukhari, Managing Director, Starfish Advertising & Marketing; Simon MacVicar, Managing Director, Bridgnorth Aluminium Limited; Steve Westwood, Managing Director, Discovery Foils Limited (formerly part of Novelis); and Graeme Clifford, General Manager, Shropshire Newspapers.

Councillor Mike Owen, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for economy and waste, said:

“It is really encouraging that so many of our top business people within the county are prepared to give their time to become business mentors, sharing their experience and expertise for the benefit of the Shropshire business community to encourage growth and help businesses to flourish.”

Mandy Thorn, Chair of the Shropshire Business Board, said:

“I am delighted to have ten ambassadors signed up to this important initiative; offering support to local businesses is key in this challenging economic climate.”

If your business would like to find out more and benefit from this new Shropshire Business Board initiative please email businessvision@shropshire.gov.uk.

The Shropshire Ambassador Mentoring Scheme was officially launched in the summer of 2010 by the Shropshire Business Board. The Shropshire Business Ambassadors offer up to three mentoring sessions to businesses over a two- to three-year period.

Other Shropshire Business Ambassadors signed up to support the scheme are: Mandy Thorn, Managing Director, Marches Care Limited and Chair of the Shropshire Business Board; Keith Winter, Director, Dyke Yaxley; Howard Thorne, Managing Director, Shropshire Homes Ltd; Nick Chavasse MBE, Managing Director, NRG Direct Mail Services Ltd; and Mandy Stoker, Managing Director, e4Environment Ltd.