Peer networking call to action

Stu Anderson

SMEs are being urged to join a new regional business support network.

The Government-funded Peer Networks Programme is being managed by the IBD business advice group on behalf of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Hub.

“The Peer Networks Programme allows like-minded business owners to pool their expertise for the benefit of their own companies,” explained Stu Anderson, operations director for Growth and Skills Hub.

“That support and collaboration is backed up by one-to-one sessions with business experts offering tailored and specialist advice to individual companies.”

The programme is delivered through six group sessions with cohorts of up to 11 business leaders from a variety of sectors, including the Third sector. Each member of the group also receives one-to-one mentoring sessions with an industry expert.

According to Colin Pollard of the IBD Group, peer networks help business leaders work through common business issues within a group of like-minded individuals.

He said: “Interactive action learning sessions allow business leaders to discuss their own challenges and gain valuable feedback and support on how to put in place practical solutions to their challenges.

“As we move forward post-pandemic there’s never been a more important time to invest in the future by working with people who know business best – other business leaders.”

The programme is fully funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy meaning there is no cost to the business – just a commitment to a few hours of time each month.

To be eligible to join, businesses must have been trading for over one year, have had at least five employees before the pandemic and have a turnover of at least £100k in one of the last three years.

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