Peer Networks

Peer Networks is a peer-to-peer networking programme for SME leaders that want to grow and develop their organisation for future success. ​

Delivered locally by the West of England Combined Authority, we create 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. ​

From finance and HR to sales, marketing and more, our 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.​

Participants will take part in virtual sessions where common coronavirus related business challenges will be discussed, such as finding new customers and using technology such as customer record management and websites to adapt a business model. Members of the programme will be given skills in areas such as leadership and management, sales and marketing that they need to tackle these challenges head-on while growing their business.

Please note that applications for the Peer Networks programme are currently closed. 

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Programme delivery

Peer Networks is delivered through a series of high impact group sessions, with each cohort led by a trained facilitator. ​Upon completion of the programme, you will be able to use the action learning skills and techniques that you have learned to independently continue the group support.

The programme includes:

  • Interactive action learning
  • Trained facilitators
  • Small cohorts
  • Flexible topic selection
  • One to one support


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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​
  • Receive support to help you tackle ​the short-term issues that are ​affecting your business now, ​including those related to COVID-19​