Mentoring and hands on experience can be invaluable to the next generation of business owners and is something that I strongly believe in. Just one example of the success of mentoring is demonstrated by Jasmine Eilfield and Ryan Farquson, who founded ExpoCart, and are mentored by the Founder of MyVoucherCodes, Mark Pearson, as outlined in this article.

Here at Close Brothers, we want to help encourage young entrepreneurs to follow their dreams, which is why we developed the Close Brothers Future Leaders Programme. Aimed at young people aged between 18 and 25 years, the Programme consists of business challenges and seminars and is designed to pass on knowledge to the next generation. Over the four days, attendees tackle philanthropic challenges and business strategy whilst hearing insights from some of the country's leading entrepreneurs and professionals.

As I've watched attendees graduate from our programme over the last couple of years, I’m proud of the opportunity we have had to help nurture the business leaders of the future and support them as they develop the knowledge and skills to match their ambition. I’ve seen first-hand how the programme prepares attendees for the challenges they go on to face and helps them reach their full potential.