Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk has called for more organisations to sign up to the Mentorsme portal and join the national mentoring network.
Over 100 mentoring organisations are already part of the initiative - more than double the number available when the service was first launched in July 2011.
Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk said:
"The Government is committed to helping entrepreneurs get the advice and support they need to start and grow their business. Business mentors will pass on their knowledge to the next generation of entrepreneurs allowing them to boost their business and help grow the UK economy.
"Mentorsme is playing an important part in the Business in You campaign between the Government and private sector. The campaign aims to unlock the growth potential of small and medium sized enterprises. Mentors are a key component of the Government's drive to make the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a business."
This year the Government is running the Business in You campaign to encourage more people to start or grow their business throughout 2012 using a range of existing support services, including the Mentorsme portal. More information is available at businessinyou.bis.gov.uk.
Mentoring organisations and potential business mentors can find out how to join the national network by visiting www.mentorsme.co.uk. There are currently over 16,000 trained business mentors available on the portal.