Peer Networks

Peer Networks is a national peer-to-peer networking programme delivered locally by the University of Leeds on behalf of the LEP to SME leaders based in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.

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About Peer Networks

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

Delivered locally by University of Leeds on behalf of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), 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.

Register today for upcoming cohorts

Peer Networks offers six weekly online sessions with your peer group to build towards a business-specific positioning plan, followed by 3.5 hours of one-to-one coaching sessions.

Please find information below on upcoming cohorts and coaching schedules. If you would like to discuss the programme, contact Anne Salisbury at Leeds University Business School at cepe@leeds.ac.uk.

 

Starting Wednesday 12 January 2022

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  • Leadership – week 1
    Wednesday 12 January, 2pm - 5pm
  • Innovation – week 2 
    Wednesday 19 January, 2pm - 5pm
  • Digital – week 3 
    Wednesday 26 January, 2pm - 5pm
  • People – week 4 
    Wednesday 2 February, 2pm - 5pm
  • Finance – week 5 
    Wednesday 9 February, 2pm - 5pm
  • Diversification – week 6 
    Wednesday 16 February, 2pm - 5pm
  • Individualised Coaching Session
    One to one 3.5 hour coaching session will take place during 21 February – 4 March
Starting Thursday 20 January 2022

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  • Leadership – week 1 
    Thursday 20 January, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Innovation – week 2 
    Thursday 27 January, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Digital – week 3 
    Thursday 3 February, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • People – week 4 
    Thursday 10 February, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Finance – week 5 
    Thursday 17 February, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Diversification – week 6 
    Thursday 24 February, 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Individualised Coaching Session
    One to one 3.5 hour coaching session will take place during 28 February – 11 March

The programme 

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

The programme includes:

  • Interactive action learning
  • Small groups
  • Flexible discussion selection
  • One to one coaching

Who is the programme for?

Peer Networks is designed for business leaders 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
  • At least five employees
  • An aspiration to improve

Ideally, participants should also have:

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

Benefits

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

I would highly recommend this programme to any owner or director of a small business. The environment provided a safe place to discuss issues with people who were facing, or had faced, similar problems. Sarah and her team were exemplary and allowed us the space to work on the business rather than in it.

Tracey Dawson Managing Director at Daletech

Each week we are working with a group of like-minded people who are facing exactly the same challenges as all SME’s. Each week there is a different topic skilfully facilitated by a lecturer from the business school. It’s been brilliant for sharing contacts, advice, tips and tried and tested methods. Being a business leader can often be a lonely place so a network of support like this is essential.

Liz Weatherill Managing Director at Enable 2

Apply now to the Peer Networks programme

If you would like to join the programme, click the 'apply now' button and complete a short application form. If you would like to discuss the programme, email Anne Salisbury at Leeds University Business School.


Peer Networks is funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in response to a commitment made in the 2019 Business Productivity Review.