By Daniel Hunter

"The spirit of mentoring should be embedded within UK businesses", according to Sir Richard Branson.

Speaking at an event last week, the Virgin Group chief executive told delegates that mentoring is the missing link between a promising business person and successful business person”.

Peter Avis, restaurant manager at Babylon Restaurant in London, was mentored by Sir Richard.

He said: “I remember when I was a vulnerable mentee, washing dishes and lacking confidence. Now I stand here now as the mentor, instilling my wisdom just as Richard has done with me.

“...it is our responsibility as employers to inspire the next generation.”

“It starts with a person with a passion. Someone who can take the time to have a coffee and a chat which will fundamentally change the shape of your business.”

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