Peer Networks

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.

Following the success of the first programme, we are delighted to offer a further Peer Networks programme that will run until March 2022, free for Buckinghamshire-based businesses.

Local businesses are already benefiting - read all about two Buckinghamshire businesses that are now collaborating after meeting through Peer Networks and discovering all the benefits of peer learning.

What is Peer Networks and what are the benefits?

Peer Networks is a national peer-to-peer networking programme for SME leaders that want to grow and develop their organisation for future success, enabling you to make connections that go far beyond networking.

Delivered locally by Buckinghamshire Business First, we create diverse cohort groups of individuals to collaboratively work through common business issues.

By completing Peer Networks, you will:

  • Discuss your own challenges and learn practical solutions to overcome them
  • 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

From finance and HR to sales, marketing and more, our expert facilitators give you the flexibility to create a trusted local support network that works for you, helping you to build and strengthen your business and improve its overall performance.

What does the programme include?

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

Who is it for?

Peer Networks is designed for business leaders and senior managers 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
  • Five or more employees through PAYE (or over two if the reduction is as a result of the pandemic) 
  • A turnover of at least £100,000
  • An aspiration to improve
  • Not taken part in a previous Peer Networks programme

Businesses will ideally have the potential to scale up or export, or be exporting already.

How does it work?

Meet Grae Laws, one of our Peer Networks facilitators, as he guides you through how the programme works.

Here's what you get with Peer Networks

  • You will have the opportunity to attend nine online meetings over a period of 18 weeks
  • Each meeting will last for two hours
  • You will join 10 other likeminded business leaders or senior managers .
  • Three additional hours of one-to-one support will be offered to each participant

Sign up here:

Fill out our quick enquiry form below and a member of our team will be in touch.

PLEASE NOTE: Companies that have previously taken part in a Peer Networks programme are not able to take part in this new programme.

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