In 2011, the Scottish Chamber of Commerce paired Carisma’s Marco Busi with NB Communication’s David Nicol through their Business Mentoring Scotland programme. Since then, Marco has been mentoring David through several face-to-face, telephone and email interactions. The experience has been fantastic and both David and Marco have been able to benefit from the un-biased, impartial and friendly brainstorming and exchange of ideas that only a mentor/mentee relationship can enable.


In David’s own words: "In that time, [Marco] played a significant part in my development as an entrepreneur. He challenged me to see situations differently, and he was an extremely useful sounding board for my ideas and plans. The process of clarifying my own thoughts in advance of each catch up session was beneficial in its own right. However, the real value came from gaining Marco's insight on whatever I was working on. His input has definitely helped me to be much more focussed and, I believe, better at running and growing my own business. Marco has a wealth of knowledge, and he's great to talk to. I would definitely recommend him as a mentor to anyone.

NB communication has matured and grown significantly over the past few years and David is now taking the company to new heights, growing his team, developing new and exciting services, and fine-tuning the company’s business model.

"Business Mentoring Scotland is a free Scottish Chambers of Commerce service in partnership with Scottish Enterprise. It aims to match a businesses needs and objectives to one of our large pool of mentors whose knowledge, skills and experience will help to turn your business dreams into reality … Open to any growing business more than one year old, the mentoring programme can be tailor made to suit growth potential and time constraints. ” You can find more information and apply for free here:

If you want more information on what mentoring can do for you and how it works, visit

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