Mallusk company picks up top mentoring award

Susan Kinane of Electric Ireland and Junior Minister Jonathan Bell present Elaine McNeil from Chesapeake with the Company Mentor Award for Chesapeake's commitment and drive in mentoring small businesses. INNT 39-505CON
Susan Kinane of Electric Ireland and Junior Minister Jonathan Bell present Elaine McNeil from Chesapeake with the Company Mentor Award for Chesapeake's commitment and drive in mentoring small businesses. INNT 39-505CON

MALLUSK business Chesapeake has been recognised for its impressive mentoring and business assistance work with small businesses.

At a recent event celebrating the achievement of Business in the Community’s Connections programme, it was revealed that over 1,100 small-medium sized enterprises (SME) across Northern Ireland have been receiving an extra boost. By taking part in Business in the Community’s Connections programme, supported by Electric Ireland, businesses have benefitted from a combination of best practice seminars and high level mentoring support and assistance from business leaders and consultants.

Connections has just completed its third year of activity with a huge volume of time committed in mentor support and speaker engagements contributed by businesses and consultants over this period.

Junior Minister Jonathan Bell, who attended the celebration event said: “SMEs account for a very significant proportion of business sector in Northern Ireland. It is critical to their success, and ultimately to the success of our economy, that they don’t just survive, but thrive.

“I was impressed to hear the impact Connections has made since its inception in 2009. Having one business person provide advice to another on areas of expertise that have been proven to work for them is an invaluable asset to a small organisation. I would like to congratulate everyone involved for ensuring the success of the programme.”

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