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Top rating for business mentor agency

PRESS RELEASE 18 August 2008


Top rating for business mentor agency

An outstanding performance administering the Business Mentors programme sees Vision Manawatu securing a top ranking by independent auditors KPMG.

KPMG surveyed client satisfaction this year for Business Mentors New Zealand and feedback rated the usefulness or helpfulness of the mentoring advice at 4.4 with 5 being excellent, according to coordinator Mike Clark.

Vision Manawatu administers the Business Mentors programme across the Manawatu and is achieving many successes.

“I’m delighted at this recognition of the good work being done to assist businesses,” he said. “We’ve arranged individual mentoring for over 300 companies and those owners are reporting a positive impact on their operations as a result.”

Volunteer mentors have increased from 27 to 40 since Vision Manawatu have held the agency.

Mr Clark said the programme was previously matching 79 businesses to mentors annually before it came to Vision Manawatu. “In the six months Vision Manawatu has managed the programme we’ve matched 110 businesses and mentors.

“Our year end figure should be well over 200 matches – double the amount previously achieved.

Qualifying businesses across Wanganui, Manawatu and Horowhenua can access the programme via Vision Manawatu.

Regional agencies performance was rated between A and D, based on audit feedback.



• Is available to all firms that employ less than 25 people.

• Makes available free of charge, the skills and experience of successful business people.

• Offers expertise in all areas of business management.

• Client and mentor are matched by Vision Manawatu according to the skills needed by the client.

• Is a proven solution to develop successful businesses.


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