Peer Networks

Bringing SME’s together for future success

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

Locally this will be delivered by Business Information Point in Devon and Somerset.

The aim is to bring together a group of individuals to collaboratively work through common business issues, make valuable connections and realise new opportunities.

This should enable businesses to adapt to the impacts of COVID-19 by working collaboratively to both mitigate the negative impacts of the economic situation and exploit any relevant opportunities.

It will include weekly, virtual group sessions with 11 participants as well as individual business support with an experienced advisor.

The discussions with range from finance and HR to sales, marketing and more. Our expert facilitators will help to create a trusted support network that works for you. Helping you to build and strengthen your business and improve its overall performance.

The groups will meet on a regular basis and the conversation will be structured using action learning principles allowing everyone to learn from each other’s successes, setbacks and practices.

At each session there will be the opportunity to report any results and feedback to encourage discussion between co-members. This helps everyone move forward on their challenges and learn from each other’s progress.


Facilitated peer networks based on action learning principles have many benefits for participants:

  • Building relationships and opportunities: The confidential sharing and exploration of real business challenges is far stronger than that created in standard networking and will open up future relationships and opportunities.
  • Developing leadership: Active involvement in the network will enhance the leadership capabilities, knowledge and confidence of business owners and entrepreneurs within the local region and help to build local connectivity and strength within the SME business community.
    • Adapting & building resilience: Discussion around the impacts of COVID-19 and gaining practical insights into how other business leaders have approached the challenges and opportunities will help build future resilience and understanding to adapt and evolve decision making.


    Who is it for?

    We will be setting up and facilitating two separate groups, focusing on specific industries in the region. The first will be specific to food and drink businesses and the second will open to all sectors.

      Peer Networks is open to any SME business that meets the criteria below:

      Mandatory criteria:

      • In operation for at least 1 year
      • At least 5 employees (places may be available for businesses temporarily with fewer than 5 employees)
          • An aspiration to improve
          • A turnover of at least £100,000

                          Desirable criteria:

                          • The potential to scale up
                          • The ability or potential to export

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