12 May 2021

Following the success of the first round, The Coast to Capital Growth Hub is launching a new round of the Peer Networks programme.

Funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and delivered by MDHUB, the Peer Networks programme is designed to bring diverse groups of likeminded leaders together to discuss business issues and solve problems.


The programme includes a series of confidential and high impact group meetings, each led by a trained facilitator. In total, successful applicants will benefit from 18 hours of free facilitated support plus a minimum of 3.5 hours of one-to-one advise.


Upon successful application to the programme, 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


It’s like having your own board of directors that really hold you to make effective business decisions without bias.” – Helen Vane, GoGecko


 “It’s helped me be a better business man, it’s an opportunity to look at the business and reflect and see it from a different point of view.” – Toby Ombler, Arc Fab


 “Absolutely brilliant, I mean it’s really been an excellent tool. I think it’s expressed and shown that people in leadership positions are quite lonely. Because you have all of these problems on your shoulders and the majority of cases you don’t have someone that you can genuinely share these things with in a very open forum like we do in the BEIS programme.” – Sanam Shah, Tisserand


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.


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


To find the full details including how to apply, visit www.c2cbusiness.org.uk/business-support/peer-networks.


Interviews with candidates from the previous round can be found on the Coast to Capital Youtube channel.

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital said:


"We are delighted to have launched the second round of Peer Networks which will provide crucial business support to leaders, ensuring that they are well placed to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. I look forward to hearing more about the exciting and innovative scale-up businesses taking part in the programme soon."

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