1:1 support for emerging entrepreneurs

Quench Salisbury is delighted to be launching a new mentoring scheme, in collaboration with local businessman David Clayton. The aim of the scheme is to provide tailored 1:1 support for early stage entrepreneurs, to overcome specific challenges in their business or develop skills and knowledge to help them and their business grow.

 The mentoring scheme offers two hours a week mentoring over 12 weeks, completely free of charge. The short term nature of the programme makes it ideal for those applicants who have a particular goal or challenge they would like to focus on.  


About the Mentor: David Clayton

After graduating from Exeter University with an Economics and Statistics degree, I then worked in the Life Assurance Industry for Cornhill Insurance and Friends Provident. There, my roles included: actuarial trainee, customer service manager, quality manager, complaints manager, product launch co-ordinator and sales trainer. I was also lucky enough to spend over 2 years honing my language skills whilst working for our European partners in Germany and Switzerland in project management roles both on the technical and cultural side.

In 2002, I left the financial services industry and my wife and I set up our own estate agency, Bassets Property Services, in Salisbury which grew to being the largest residential lettings business locally. We sold the company in late 2021. Although officially semi-retired now at the age of 55, I still co-own Boatwrights Estate Agents which has three offices in South Wiltshire and North Dorset and I continue to train estate agents across the UK through our industry body with the objective of sharing best practice. During my 20+ years in Salisbury, I have been a member of most of the business networking groups, a ‘business accelerator’ mentor for several local businesses as well as a director of Salisbury & District Chamber and Salisbury BID.
Outside of work, I have always been heavily involved in supporting the local community both personally as a Rotarian and through my businesses by working with/supporting local secondary schools (including as a school governor). Projects and initiatives set up and/or run whilst in Rotary have included various school competitions (such as Youth Photographer & Young Journalist) and community/fund-raising events including the Contemporary Craft & Heritage Festival, Corporate Charity Quiz, Corporate Charity Golf Day and The Five Rivers Festival. I am also now on the organising committee for this year’s ‘People in the Park’ event.
I have always had a passion for helping other businesses to improve both through mentoring and training and would now like to offer an opportunity to help any businesses linked with Quench.

Who can apply

This scheme is open to applicants who live or work in Salisbury and the surrounding area. Mentoring can be delivered online or in person by mutual agreement. 

There are two mentoring spaces available each quarter. In line with our vision to ignite local social enterprise, we aim for at least 50% to be offered to entrepreneurs with a social or environmental purpose behind their business. 


How to apply 

Please complete and submit the form on the link below to apply. 

The deadline for the first round of applications is Monday 28th March 2022. 



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