SECAD runs a Mentoring Programme, which aims to provide support to new and established food, craft, tourism and innovative rural businesses located in the South & East Cork area.

SECAD has established a carefully selected Mentor panel, consisting of business experts and specialists in areas such as sales and marketing, financial management, taxation etc. A Mentor will aim to help you manage the challenges your business faces; while they will provide you with support, guidance and information, they will not become actively involved in the management of your company as this is not their role.




> The first step is to complete and return an application form to SECAD indicating that you wish to participate in the mentoring programme.

> Once your application has been approved you will be allocated a Mentor – a wide range of Mentors are available and SECAD will allocate your Mentor with the specific needs of your business in mind.

> At the first meeting with your Mentor, you will develop a Mentor Plan, which you will be customised to suit your needs.

> The Mentor panel is multi-disciplinary; therefore if assistance is needed in more than one specialist area, one or more additional Mentors may be assigned to assist you.  For example, a business looking at expansion may spend 4 hours working with a Business Mentor, 4 hours developing a financial plan with a Financial Mentor and 2 hours fine tuning the sales and marketing aspects of the business expansion.  It is important to note that you decide, with your Mentor, how best to use you time.

> Ongoing communication regarding meeting times etc. will be arranged between you and your Mentor.

> While there is an upper limit of 10 hours mentoring time, it can be less if you feel your objectives have been met at an earlier stage.

> Either SECAD, the individual/company or the Mentor may terminate the arrangement at any time.




The SECAD mentor panel has been trebled in size this year to meet demand for business mentoring, and over 30 mentors across all sectors and disciplines are now available to start ups and established enterprises in the South and East Cork area.

Business support is available in areas like;

> Business Planning

> Strategy and Business Development

> Sales and Marketing

> Financial Planning

> Online Strategy

> Health and Safety

> Regulation and Compliance

If your business would benefit from support in any of the above areas (or other areas) download the application form below and send it to us.

Business Mentoring Application Form

This Business Support programme is funded through the Rural Development Programme 2007- 2013 and is available to individuals and businesses eligible under this programme.



Please contact SECAD at 021 4613432 or

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