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Building a stronger business future together

Relaunching for May 2021, the Peer Networks programme is for SME leaders that want to stabilise, grow and develop their organisation with the support of like-minded entrepreneurs from across the Liverpool City Region’s business community.

It provides a virtual community* for business leaders to get together to discuss their collective business challenges; think-up solutions to them; and plan long term recovery and growth.

*Although cohorts will start virtually, once restrictions are relaxed in June some cohorts will start meeting face-to-face.

Peer Networks is a peer-to-peer networking programme designed for Liverpool City Region-based SMEs. The programme includes 18 hours of interactive groups sessions which will be delivered fortnightly by trained facilitators, 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.

If you’re an SME that meets the following criteria, then you’re eligible to take up a place on the programme:

  • Operated for at least a year
  • Five employees or more
  • A turnover of at least £100,000
  • The aspiration to improve and grow their business
  • The ability / potential to scale up or start exporting (ideal attributes)

“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

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Peer Networks Delivery Partners

AI Change Management

AI-CM are a team of practitioners experienced at building capability to design, develop and lead organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors at a national and international level. Their 3 core principles are
People, Change and Community.


Asentiv only has one aim and that is to make sure business owners live the life they envisioned when they first started their business. They do this by helping business owners to use the power of their network to generate a constant flow of referred business from the best people in their network. Asentiv believe a business owner can have an amazing business and a spectacular life its why they exist.


With over 35 years’ of helping businesses grow, Flourish have honed a process for growth that is accessible, enjoyable and, most importantly, works. Quite simply, they help businesses and the people in them to flourish.

Halton Chamber

Halton Chamber provides members with a wide range of business contacts and information as well as additional services, events, activities, cost-saving initiatives and networking opportunities. Halton Chambers acts as the voice of businesses, representing the views of the private sector at local, regional and national levels and lobbying on a range of issues that impact the Halton business community.

Hey Strategy

HeyStrategy is a business and marketing consultancy that helps businesses to grow organically through increased sales and awareness. They offer a no-nonsense approach to marketing and strategy, from consultation and planning through to design and ongoing marketing support. Their advice is based on practical, real-world strategies that are straightforward to implement and easy to measure.

Northern Automotive Alliance

The Northern Automotive Alliance (NAA) provides a membership service combined with a project management delivery function. The services range from strategic, business and technical advice to the provision of training, funding application and a sponsored awards. The network they have developed, combined with their industry-specific expertise allows them to skilfully support regional automotive sector companies of all sizes.

Pink Link

Pink Link is a thriving professional network, championing women in business. Female entrepreneurship is supported and promoted through local groups, an online community, regional conferences, masterclasses and the Enterprise Vision Awards. Women from all stages in their business come together to build meaningful and trusted relationships, exchange knowledge and experiences and explore opportunities for business growth and collaborations whilst promoting their products and services.

School for Social Entrepreneurs

The School for Social Entrepreneurs Northwest provide support that equips people to start, scale and strengthen organisations that make a positive difference. They help people to develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to use entrepreneurial approaches to tackle complex social and environmental problems.


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.