Offering mentoring and encouragement
Sarah Sheasby started her first business with her husband at the age of twenty, so she knows some of the challenges that new business start-ups face. It is crucial to have the right support around you – people to share experiences with, mentoring and a big dose of encouragement!
Now a Senior Communications Manager at Lloyds Banking Group, Sarah was keen to stay involved in her local community and support fledgling social enterprises. She joined Lloyds Banking Group’s Business Connectors programme and was seconded from her day job for a year to put her business skills to use in the local community.
As part of the Group’s ambition to Help Britain Prosper, Lloyds Banking Group has committed to second up to 60 Business Connectors into some of the most deprived communities around the UK by the end of 2015. The Business Connector programme is a tangible demonstration of how we are committed to ”being the banking Group which brings communities closer together to help them thrive” with paid volunteering colleagues or funding supporting community projects and organisations.
I became involved with the Gloucestershire Growth Hub's small business mentoring scheme and saw potential to work with them on a specific project supporting social enterprise.
Sarah Sheasby, Business Connector, Lloyds Banking Group