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Peer Networks


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Peer Networks is a peer-to-peer networking programme for SMEs designed for business leaders who want to grow and develop their organisation for future success.

We are creating diverse cohort groups of individuals to collaboratively work through common business issues. Through interactive action learning, we enable you to discuss your own challenges, gain and reflect on valuable feedback and implement practical solutions to overcome them.


Who is it for?

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 one year
  • At least five employees
  • A turnover of at least £100,000
  • An aspiration to improve
  • And ideally has the potential to scale up or export or is exporting already.

The business also needs to fit into one of the following sectors:

  • Agriculture
  • Digital and Creative
  • Fashion and Textile Manufacturing
  • Food and Drink Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing (general)
  • Retail
  • Tourism and Hospitality.

We are also keen to hear from any high-growth businesses that feel they could benefit from the programme.



The UK’s overall future productivity growth will, in large part, be determined by the performance of individual businesses. While the UK has some of the most productive businesses in the world, we also have many low productivity businesses.

Research shows that those businesses adopting formal management practices are more likely to achieve higher turnover, employment levels and productivity growth. There is a broad base of evidence that suggests that businesses that seek external advice or undertake formal training are more likely to improve their overall business performance.

The evidence also indicates that businesses often prefer to take advice from trusted sources, and they look to their existing networks, such as their peers or their accountants, when taking advice. Businesses also usually take advice at trigger points, such as when faced with challenges requiring change, including both competitive pressures and opportunities.

From finance and HR to sales, marketing and more, expert facilitators 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.


The Programme

Peer Networks is delivered through a series of virtual high impact group sessions, with a trained facilitator.

The programme includes:

  • Action-oriented learning
  • Trained facilitators
  • Small groups
  • Flexible topic selection
  • One to one coaching


What are the benefits for businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire?

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


How to get involved

Simply click the link to the National Peer Networks website and fill in the enquiry form. A member of the team will then be in touch when cohorts are due to begin.

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