Local business leaders urged to join regional network

By Growth Hub - 24th November 2021

Business bosses from across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have the chance to boost their businesses as part of a regional network offering free expert support and business advice.

Senior managers from companies across the area have been urged to sign up to the fully funded Peer Networks Programme, a Government-funded initiative managed by the IBD business advice group on behalf of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Hub.

It gives companies across the region the chance to develop and improve their businesses through one-to-one sessions with industry experts as well as tapping into the experience of their peers.

Stu Anderson, Operations Director for Growth and Skills Hub said: “The Peer Networks Programme is a unique opportunity for business owners to gain specialist advice in group and one-to-one sessions that would help them boost their company’s success.

“The Peer Network Programme allows like-minded business owners to pool their expertise for the benefit of their own companies. That support and collaboration is backed up by one-to-one sessions with business experts offering tailored and specialist advice to individual companies.”

The Peer Networks programme is delivered through six high impact group sessions with cohorts of up to 11 business leaders from a variety of sectors, including the Third sector. Each member of the group also receives one-to-one mentoring sessions with an industry expert.

Colin Pollard of the IBD Group explained that the peer networks helped business leaders work through common business issues within a group of like-minded individuals.

“Interactive action learning sessions allow business leaders to discuss their own challenges and gain valuable feedback and support on how to put in place practical solutions to their challenges.

“As we move forward post-pandemic there’s never been a more important time to invest in the future by working with people who know business best – other business leaders,” he said.

The programme is fully funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy meaning there is no cost to the business – just a commitment to a few hours of time each month, he added.

To be eligible to join businesses must have been trading for over one year, have had at least five employees before the pandemic and have a turnover of at least £100,000 in one of the last three years.

Find out more and express an interest in the Peer Networks Programme at https://ibdbusinessadvice.co.uk/peer-to-peer-networking-cornwall 

As we move forward post-pandemic there’s never been a more important time to invest in the future

Colin Pollard, IBD Group
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