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Mentoring statistics We asked businesses around the world about their view on mentoring

Sage surveyed more than 11,000 small and medium sized businesses in 17 countries across the world, to find out their attitudes towards business mentoring. While an overwhelming majority recognise that mentoring can help them to succeed, very few currently make use of SMB mentoring.               

Global statistics

  • 93% of small and medium sized businesses acknowledge that mentoring can help them to succeed.
  • 28% of small and medium sized business currently make use of business mentors
  • 27% of business decision-makers would be most likely to go to people they know for business advice and mentoring.
  • 9% of business decision-makers would go to ‘select business mentors’ as their first option for business advice.

Mentoring league table

North Africa (Tunisia and Morocco) 52% make use of business mentors
Spain 47% make use of business mentors
Malaysia 43% make use of business mentors
South Africa 34% make use of business mentors
Canada 30% make use of business mentors
Brazil 29% make use of business mentors
Ireland 29% make use of business mentors
Switzerland 28% make use of business mentors
US 26% make use of business mentors
France 24% make use of business mentors
Singapore 23% make use of business mentors
Germany 22% make use of business mentors
UK 22% make use of business mentors
Austria 21% make use of business mentors
Poland 14% make use of business mentors
Portugal 14% make use of business mentors

This data is taken from the 2013 Sage Business Index where Sage surveyed over 11,000 small and medium sized businesses in 17 countries across the world. More information about the Business Index can be accessed at: businessindex.sage.com 

UK statistics

  • Nearly a third of UK business admit they have found it challenging controlling their business costs (32%) and effectively marketing themselves (31%), while over a quarter say they struggle with having a broad enough customer base (27%)
  • Nearly a quarter of UK businesses (23%) highlighted a shortage of information on mentoring as a barrier to its widespread adoption
  • While 22% said that a lack of proof that mentoring can help businesses to grow hindered its uptake

This data is taken from the Sage UK Omnibus April 2014, where Sage surveyed more than 500 small and medium sized businesses in the UK about their views on mentoring.

Mentoring statistics

We asked businesses around the world about their view on mentoring

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Mentoring statistics

We asked businesses around the world about their view on mentoring

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