21st November 2013
On 7th November the Excellence in Mentoring Awards, organized by the British Banker’s Association, saw The Rockstar Group, the UK’s leading mentoring organization and delivery partner for the government’s Start-up loans, victorious in taking home an award for their tremendous support of the business Start-Up community.
The awards, which focused on the best mentoring relationships delivering and demonstrating excellence in Growth, Start-Up, Diversity, Exporting, Innovation and Virtual Mentoring, also celebrated the collaborations between the enterprise mentoring community and the strong unification of goals, standards and aims that have supported thousands of businesses over the past year.
The Rockstar Group, founded by entrepreneur Jonathan Pfahl, has started over 1250 businesses, processing £8 million in Start-up loan funding support for mentees in the last year, supporting and guiding their business aspirations toward local and national success.
Part of the Rockstar Group’s strength, is the caliber of mentors who applicants have access to. Mentors include Jongleurs Comedy Club founder John Davy, Ian Lancaster who founded Virgin cars with Richard Branson, and travel/retail mogul Clive Jacobs, who have all started and sold companies for millions of pounds.
Rockstar Group mentor Chelsey Baker, accepted the award from serial entrepreneur and former ‘Dragon’ Doug Richard, and was celebrated for her work mentoring Gary Smith founder of Brainbook Ltd. Smith’s entrepreneurial start-up company specialising in health and educational software, was incorporated in March 2013 and is already releasing its first mobile application – Dyslexia Toolbox.
“Gary had no business experience, no qualifications and was Dyslexic. Taking the business from just an idea to the developers to build was a huge challenge. That said, the process of supporting and working with Gary at every stage was as fulfilling for me as it was useful for him.” Said mentor Chelsey Baker.
“As a dyslexic person I needed everything to be put into perspective, and Chelsey would take the time to understand me. Having business jargon thrown at me from all angles, I often felt confused and when my doubts circulated and whenever I thought ‘I’m not sure about this anymore’ or felt I was on my own, it was my mentor Chelsey that sorted that out! Chelsey was a big factor in overcoming this and supporting me in becoming a success.” Added mentee Gary Smith.
One of a plethora of mentees who has received support from the Rockstar Group, the organisation is fast becoming a brand synonymous with Start-up success. On December 7th Founder of £45 million turnover business Jojo Maman Bebe Laura Tenison will be keynote speaker at the Rockstar Group’s business incubator in London. The first of a series of established