Funded Business Support - Peer to Peer Network

Event Date: 
November, 2020

Peer Networks is a national initiative that is focused on reducing the UK productivity gap by helping business leaders find practical solutions to strategic and operational challenges.  It also forms part of the UK Government response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing EU transition, seeking to improve the resilience of SMEs, their capability to adapt their business models to the “new normal” and position themselves for future success, driving longer-term productivity gains. We are leading this programme in Devon and Somerset specifically for businesses operating in the food and drink sector.

The programme is fully funded so there is no cost to the businesses involved and will see the creation of a series of peer networks. Each group will consist of 8-11 business owners or managers and led by an experienced facilitator. There will be 18 hours of action learning through 2-3-hour sessions as well as individual one-to-one support (coaching, mentoring, or advice).  Active involvement in the peer network will enhance the leadership capabilities, knowledge and confidence of business owners and entrepreneurs within the local region.  The aim is to help build regional connectivity and strength within the SME business community.

The main eligibility criteria for business to join the programme are:

  • In operation for 1 year+
  • At least 5 employees (limited places are available for businesses with only 2 to 4 employees)
  • An aspiration to improve​
  • A turnover of at least £100,000​

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