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Building a stronger business future together

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.

Delivered locally by Liverpool City Region delivery partners, we create diverse cohort groups of individuals to collaboratively work through common business issues. Through interactive action learning, this enables you to discuss your own challenges, gain and reflect on valuable feedback and implement practical solutions to overcome them.

It provides a 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.

We are currently offering businesses the opportunity to join one of seven Peer Networks groups in the Liverpool City Region. Some of these groups are tailored to suite multiple industries, whereas others are sector specific. These groups will be starting from September 2021. Places are limited, with cohorts filling up fast.

*There may the option of online, face-to-face or a hybrid mixture of these meetings dependent on your cohort.

Peer Networks is a peer-to-peer support programme designed for Liverpool City Region-based 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 here [link to delivery partner section of page].

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.

Peer Networks Delivery Partners

AI-CM

For businesses in any sector

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. They are specialists in supporting businesses with Organisation Development, Business Models, Action Learning, Appreciative Inquiry, Organisation Design and Leadership.

Asentiv

For Digital & Creative businesses

Asentiv only has one aim, to make sure business owners live the life they envisioned when they first started in business. 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.

Flourish

For Visitor Economy & Hospitality businesses

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. Following 25 years experience in food manufacturing, delivering several high profile product launches into the hospitality sector, Director Gary Halpin formed his own business in 2007. He has supported hundreds of High Growth SMEs across all sectors.

Halton Chamber

For businesses in any sector

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 

For businesses in any sector

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

For manufacturing/ engineering and automotive businesses 

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.

School for Social Entrepreneurs

For social enterprises

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

Register here


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.