Patch – Our new Business Mentor and Support Network

Patch - H&F business mentor and support network

Local residents and businesses now have the chance to use their skills and experience to mentor local businesses struggling due to the COVID-19 crisis, thanks to Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s new Patch scheme. 

The council’s latest business support service will initially match mentors with businesses which need financial, legal and digital marketing guidance. 

The UK’s leading digital venture builder, Blenheim Chalcot, based in Hammersmith Broadway, is one of the first local businesses to have joined the initiative, and will be offering legal guidance. 

This is the latest effort from H&F Council to help support local businesses through these testing times.  

Patch draws on the success of the H&F CAN (Community Aid Network), which has demonstrated the generosity of local residents to assist those in need during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Each volunteer will give up from two to four hours of their time each month. We are looking for volunteers to commit to at least two hours each month for a three-month period, to mentor or guide a business in the borough, with all support and guidance done online. 

Volunteers, Josie Filmer, Frances Umeh and Mark Elliott
Image caption: Volunteers, from left to right, Josie Filmer, Frances Umeh and Mark Elliott

The first local residents and businesses to have volunteered are communications expert Frances Umeh, who is providing digital marketing guidance, Blenheim Chalcot talent and networks director Josie Filmer, who is offering legal guidance, while Hammersmith resident Mark Elliott is providing guidance on finance to businesses who sign up to the scheme.  

Need help or want to get involved? 

Only businesses with a trading address within Hammersmith & Fulham are eligible. 
  
We will prioritise businesses who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis and were financially sound prior to the outbreak. 

We are also now recruiting mentors for Patch. 

Check out our FAQs below before applying to make sure you are eligible to take part in Patch. If you can't find the information you need, please email us at business-support@lbhf.gov.uk 

Volunteer as a mentor

Apply for mentoring support

Frequently asked questions

  • Which businesses can apply for Patch mentoring support?

    Businesses need to: 

    • have a trading address in Hammersmith & Fulham 
    • have been financially sound prior to the COVID-19 outbreak 
    • be adversely affected by the pandemic 
    • employ at least one member of staff, in addition to yourself 
    • have been trading prior to 1 September 2019 
    • not be involved in multi-level marketing (MLM).


    For science and tech businesses that are engaged in developing a new product and service we understand that the timelines for research and development and customer traction are typically longer. So even if you are pre-revenue, you can still apply to Patch if you have been operational prior to 1 September 2019.  

  • How do you become a volunteer?

    We are looking for local residents and businesses based in the borough. Volunteers need to have at least 8 years experience and a background in either: 

    • finance (accounting, financial management, financial strategy) 
    • law (qualified solicitor or barrister) 
    • digital marketing.