Peer Networks is a national peer-to-peer networking programme which brings together SME business leaders that want to grow and develop their organisations for future success.

Delivered locally by the Coast to Capital Growth Hub, we create diverse cohort groups of individuals to collaboratively work through common business issues. Through interactive peer learning, we enable you to discuss your own challenges, gain and reflect on valuable feedback and implement practical solutions to overcome them.

Peer Networks is fully funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.


Who is the programme for?


Peer Networks is designed for business leaders who want to grow and develop their organisations for future success.


And for leaders who are also prepared to help other leaders grow.


How does the programme work?


Peer Networks is delivered through a series of confidential and high impact peer sessions, with each cohort led by a trained facilitator.


The programme will provide each participant with 18 hours of facilitated peer group support plus a minimum of 3.5 hours of one-to-one support.


All applicants will go through a selection panel where care is taken to curate the best fit for the programme and the Cohorts going forward.


Once allocated to a Cohort, each participant will be required to commit to all of the confidential ,facilitated peer sessions which will typically be between 2 – 3 hours in length with up to 11 people and organised over a 6 – 8 month period.


All sessions will take place on line either via ZOOM or MS Teams for the time being.


The dates for the peer sessions will be agreed as a group at the inaugural session so as to fit in with everyone’s busy work schedules.


What are the benefits to you as a Leader of attending?


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.


Peer Networks enables you to make connections that go far beyond networking.


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

Are you eligible for the programme?


The programme is available to any SME business that has:

  • Operated for at least one year
  • Has at least five employees
  • A turnover of at least £100,000
  • An aspiration to improve

Ideally, participants should also have:

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

To apply, complete the application form which will be found here.


The application form link is here.


The programme will be launched on May 1st 2021.


The first Cohorts will begin in June 2021.


Talking Head videos from previous participants:

Research from the previous programme can be found here


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