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Learn from your peers. Share and discuss new ideas. Grow your business by working through challenges.

There’s never been a more important time to invest in the future of your business by working with people who know business best. Other business leaders.

Complete the Enquiry Form below and your local Growth Hub will contact you to let you know more and explain the next steps.

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Peer Networks is designed for business leaders who want to grow and develop their organisation for future success. The programme is available to any SME business that has:

  • Operated for at least a year
  • Five employees or more
  • A turnover of at least £100,000
  • An aspiration to improve

Additionally, we particularly welcome participants who have the potential to scale up and/or the ability and potential to export.

 

Peer Networks is a peer-to-peer support programme designed for North West SMEs. The programme includes 18 hours of interactive groups sessions which will be delivered fortnightly by action learning techniques. Each participating SME can also access a further 3.5 hours of one-to-one support with an expert business adviser scheduled to suit their needs.

Each member will have the opportunity to present an opportunity, challenge, or problem to their group, and engage in collaborative discussion with other members to find practical solutions via the action learning methodology that the programme encourages.

Topics businesses have previously brought to the table include:

  • Finance
  • HR
  • Sales and marketing
  • Adjusting to social distancing
  • Business model innovation
  • Change management
  • Embedding formal management processes and systems
  • Digital (including adoption and implementation of technology, cyber security)
  • Use of data to drive value in the business
  • EU transition
  • Net zero
  • And more…

Peer Networks is designed for business leaders who want to grow and develop their organisation for future success. The programme is available to any SME business that has:

  • Operated for at least a year
  • Five employees or more
  • A turnover of at least £100,000
  • An aspiration to improve

Additionally, we particularly welcome participants who have the potential to scale up and/or the ability and potential to export.

We understand that each business’s needs vary, which is why we have expert facilitators specialising in varying topics, to give you the flexibility to create a trusted support network that works for you, helping you to build and strengthen your business and improve its overall performance. You can see the list of our delivery partners below.

If you are not sure, please contact our Peer Networks advisor Claire Pedersen by emailing Claire.Pedersen@growthplatform.org who will be happy to talk this through with you.

Businesses that seek external advice or undertake formal training are more likely to improve their overall performance, but many prefer to take advice from trusted sources, such as their peers, when presented with external challenges and opportunities. Peer Networks enables you to make connections that go far beyond networking.

By completing Peer Networks, you will:

  • Overcome business challenges and recognise and act on new opportunities
  • Build a trusted network of connections to support you now and in the future
  • Improve your long-term personal and business performance

“One of the most useful cross sector forums I have ever been involved in.”

Lisa Furlong, Director, Mole Group

“I think we’ve got a fantastic group with such a variety of ideas and points of view. Everyone is so open and supportive.”

Lauren Bailey-Rhodes, Director, Transform Lives Company

“It’s good to know that even in situations where I thought I had no advice to offer, through thoughtful questioning we can bring something to the discussion.”

John Callaghan, Project Manager, Damibu

Complete the below registration form, and we will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss with you the next steps to starting Peer Networks. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our Peer Networks advisor Claire Pedersen directly by emailing Claire.Pedersen@growthplatform.org.

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This is a North West initiative to promote the Peer Networks programme on behalf of Cheshire & Warrington, Cumbria, Lancashire, Liverpool City Region and Manchester LEPs and Growth Hubs.

Enquire about Peer Networks now

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  • Company Name
  • Email
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  • Which area is your business located in?
  • What stage is your business at?
  • How many full time staff does your business employ?
  • What was the approximate turnover of your business for the last 12 months?
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Delivered by your Local Growth Hub

Cheshire & Warrington Growth Hub

Boost Lancashire Growth Hub

Liverpool City Region

Manchester Business Growth Hub

Not what you’re looking for?

If the Peer Networks programme doesn’t sound right for your business find out what other support is available here.