New business mentors sought

Mike Torevell
Mike Torevell

Calderdale Council is asking more people to come forward to mentor new and growing businesses in the borough.

More than 220 individuals and companies have been involved in the programme as mentors and mentees since it started in 2011.

The hard work of last year’s mentors and mentees was celebrated at a recent event held by the council.

The chief executive, Merran McRae, presented certificates to mentors for successfully completing their mentoring relationships

Sales have increased considerably for The Real Cider Company since owner Phil Kennedy and bookkeeper Sarah Le Pla were mentored by Mike Torevell who owns Halifax-based accountancy business Torevell Dent.

“We’ve moved to the next level of business, and we couldn’t have done it without Mike’s help,” said Phil.

The Real Cider Company, wholesaler of artisan ciders based in Cragg Vale, was growing quickly and Phil and Sarah needed some help with accounting.

Through its business mentoring scheme, Calderdale Council matched them with Mike, who has nearly 30 years’ experience of running an accountancy business.

Phil said: “Mike’s support has been brilliant. Thanks to him we have increased sales considerably, safeguarded five existing jobs and created two new ones.”

Mike said: “I was keen to help a new business, to share my knowledge and experiences in practical ways. Showing Phil and Sarah how business figures can help decision making and helping them to question and challenge the way they do things has triggered confidence and growth. It has been really rewarding seeing them develop.”