Who can apply

This mentoring service is not focused on start up or pre start up creative businesses. Instead it is designed to assist creative entrepreneurs who are running a business (or creative social enterprise) within Southampton, are already trading and broadly are turning over £16k pa or more already. This criteria is intended to focus the limited support resource on where we think it will be most effective. However, it is not set in stone, so if you think your creative business would benefit from our support I would encourage you to get in touch and make the case!

Our approach

Our approach to mentoring is intended to provide an objective perspective on both the business owner and their business through discussion, with the emphasis on the mentor sharing their own experience (of both failures and successes) and using this to guide the progress of the mentee allowing them to retain control and ownership of their business venture whilst benefitting from the friendly, unbiased support and guidance provided by an experienced creative entrepreneur. The mentor aims to provide honest constructive feedback, act as a sounding board for ideas and even to play Devil’s advocate where this is useful to test out business ideas. In addition working with a mentor can often provide contacts and networks to further personal and business development, ideas to inspire the business owner to realise their potential, as well as honest and focused feedback and ongoing support and encouragement.

What mentors will not do

Our mentors will not give advice for the reasons stated above. Neither can they provide either a counselling or training service (although Creative Growth Southampton provides both networking and training opportunities as part of the overall service offered). And of course, although the mentor will be happy to explore obstacles to success as well as ideas for growth and development, they cannot take responsibility for your business.



Working with Mick and Creative Growth Southampton has been a great way of helping organise my business goals and staying focused on the parts of the business that are not my strongest.
Chris KeyDesigner Toolkit


Need some guidance?

Could you use support from an experienced mentor specialising in the creative industries?