Meeting place for start-up mentors

Last year, the Brønnøysund Register Centre took the initiative to organise a meeting place for start-up mentors in Norway. A good mentor system is an important factor in facilitating the success of entrepreneurs in starting up and running their own business.


Just over 120 start-up mentors were gathered in Oslo in November to take part in a one-day conference. State Secretary Halvard Ingebrigtsen of the Ministry of Trade and Industry opened the conference and presented the Government’s strategy for entrepreneurs. He had chosen the title ‘Status and future goals’ for his presentation.

The focus was on the mentor role, networking and inspiration in the job as mentor to entrepreneurs. The participants were presented with topics that were relevant to the role of mentor. Talks were given, including on the Government’s strategy for entrepreneurs and on various ways of organising the first-line service.

The purpose of the conference was to help to create an arena for start-up mentors, and to provide them with the impetus for new ideas based on recent news from various central agencies. The Brønnøysund Register Centre organised the conference together with Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Industrial Property Office and the City of Oslo’s Agency for Business Development Services.

The evaluation of the conference showed that this is a venue that the target group appreciates. Plans are now being made for the 2011 conference.

We create ripple effects

With its 560 employees, the Brønnøysund Register Centre is a cornerstone employer in the South Helgeland region. The Brønnøysund Register Centre purchased a great number of flights and hotel stays in 2010, in addition to many other goods and services.

Helping to raise the educational level

In collaboration with the University of Nordland and the development company Torgar Næringshage, the Brønnøysund Register Centre is contributing to raising the level of education and competence in the South Helgeland region. In 2011, a class of Bachelor students in informatics will graduate in Brønnøysund. The study programme was started in 2007 and continued intensively throughout last year.

Our apprentices

For several years, the Brønnøysund Register Centre has taken on apprentices. Last year, there were five apprentices in the field of ICT and Office and Administrative Skills at the Brønnøysund Register Centre: three in the IT Department, one in the Central Coordinating Register for Legal Entities and one in the Department of Distribution.

A strong female workplace

More than half of the Brønnøysund Register Centre’s employees, 58.6 per cent, are women.

Holiday temps - an important resource

Every summer, the Brønnøysund Register Centre needs temporary holiday staff.

Seniors in focus

As part of the work on a new personnel policy, extensive work was carried out in relation to the centre’s senior policy in autumn 2010. Among other things, two meetings were organized for all the seniors. This resulted in the establishment of a new senior coordinator role and a senior committee, which is a trial scheme scheduled to last for two years.

Adaptation and follow-up

In December 2010, a new Inclusive Workplace Agreement was signed with the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service’s (NAV) IW Support Centre.