Mentor Martyn nets top award for supporting local businesses

Published Tuesday, 15th December 2015
Martyn Benson is presented with his award
Martyn Benson (left) is congratulated by Leader Cllr Chris Read (Centre) and Mayor Cllr Maggi Clark

A business advisor with the Rotherham Investment and Development Office (RiDO) has been named as Enterprise Coach and Mentor of the Year.

Martyn Benson was presented with his National Enterprise Network (NEN) award at its conference in London.

The award recognises the outstanding work that Martyn has done to support new and growing businesses in the Rotherham area. He received an engraved trophy and a bottle of champagne.

Martyn said: “To get an award for work I love doing and for helping in Rotherham is fantastic. I knew I was short-listed but I was surprised and delighted to win. It took until the evening to really sink in.” 

The Enterprise Coach/Mentor of the Year award, sponsored by New Level Results, aims to recognise a coach or mentor who is passionate, has built excellent relationships with clients and delivered impressive support.

During his career, Martyn has won a number of awards and delivered business support over a range of different topics. He has assisted more than 1,600 clients and over 250 successful new start businesses, directly contributing to the Rotherham borough economy.

Cllr Denise Lelliott, Advisory Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, said: “I would like to congratulate Martyn on winning this prestigious award and I am delighted that his hard work has been recognised.

“The RiDO team provides excellent support to businesses in Rotherham and this award demonstrates the high calibre advice and guidance available.

“I would encourage anyone considering starting up or in business in the area that needs help to contact RiDO and take advantage of the support they provide.”

RiDO is the business growth arm of Rotherham Council. It provides free and professional advice to anyone looking to start a business in the borough as well as supporting existing businesses with everything from finding the right premises, planning advice and guidance, finding and training recruits to locating new customers and suppliers.

Its achievements to date include:

  • Regeneration of Rotherham High Street including attracting financial support for the Portas pilot
  • Supporting business growth and the creation of over 10,000 jobs in the Manvers and Orgreave areas including the development of the Advanced Manufacturing Park
  • The development of four award winning and internationally accredited business centres to encourage and support the growth of new businesses in the area and help them to develop their export trade
  • Providing training opportunities for people looking to set up a business and ensuring they have the support needed to help them succeed – with, for example, 35 new small business and 52 jobs created in the 18 months of the Get Ready for Business project.