A YEAR of free mentoring lies ahead for Portsmouth entrepreneur Jason Bentley.
The budding businessman came out on top of a challenge organised by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.
Jason’s social enterprise The Recycled Assets Company combines support for disabled and disadvantaged people with help for organisations seeking to clear out offices or relocate.
Judges at the Mentor Magic challenge declared Jason the winner after a series of heats involving a range of businesses. Each had to make their case for mentoring on stage to a business panel.
The competition culminated in a head-to-head pitch at the final at the Portsmouth Marriott Hotel.
Jason will now receive free mentoring from business experts that will be specifically designed to help his growth plans.
Jason, whose mission is to provide ethical solutions to clearance, removal and relocation needs, said: ‘We’re delighted as a fresh, new, young company to have won this competition for a mentor.
‘Our ambition to be the south’s best green and social recycler of choice is a huge challenge and this is why a mentor, who’s been there before, will hopefully be able to help us deliver on what’s important.
‘The chamber has done a fantastic job with Mentor Magic and the organisation of the event was great.’
The Recycled Assets Company is on Fratton Industrial Estate and launched a furniture outlet in Kingston Road, Portsmouth, last year.
The company removes and recycles redundant furniture and equipment while providing training and work experience to disadvantaged people.
Maureen Frost, Hampshire chamber’s deputy chief executive, said: ‘This year’s winner has the potential to bring a new product to market and is providing jobs for local people and has the option to trade overseas.
‘Having an experienced mentor will help him to focus on the priorities and make the right decisions for his business to really take off and progress to the next level.’