Peer networks for SMEs continue for a second year

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A peer networks scheme which has already supported more than 160 local businesses and proved hugely popular is to continue into its second year, New Anglia Growth Hub has announced.

The national initiative is designed for SME leaders that want to grow and develop their organisation for future success and is funded by Government through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

New Anglia Growth Hub is now to offer the programme to more than 200 eligible businesses on a first-come, first-served basis between Summer 2021 and Spring 2022.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be in the process of recruiting again for a second year of the Peer Networks Programme,” says New Anglia Growth Hub Manager Samantha Vinyard-Jones. “It has been wonderful to watch the programme progress over the past year and to the impact the sessions have had on this year’s participants”.

Businesses who are eligible to apply must have operated for at least a year, have at least five employees, a turnover of at least £100,000.00 and an aspiration to improve.

Former participant Patrick Baker of E J Baker & Sons said: “I would wholeheartedly recommend this programme to anyone who just has an interest in bettering themselves and improving their business.”

Christopher Melsa of School’s Out Activities Ltd added: “I would recommend the Peer Networks Programme to anyone who is in their business, has got day-to-day challenges, wants some guidance and someone to speak to.

“It gives you a chance to step back, re-evaluate, see where you are and where you are going. As shown with the past year, things can change so drastically quickly. So, this programme does not only help you but makes you a better businessperson for sure.”

Enrolling in a programme led by New Anglia Growth Hub is also a great way to stay up to date with hundreds of free business support services. Throughout the programme, participants are frequently provided with updated information around new grants, finance assistance, upcoming events and other specialist advice.

“We are delighted to be supporting more SME business leaders across Norfolk and Suffolk and excited to see the power of the Peer Support once more,” said Senior Programme Coordinator Grace Harrison. “For business leaders to say that they ‘no longer feel alone’ after joining the programme was an incredible testament to the programme itself and the calibre of the business consultants leading the sessions.”

“This is an incredible initiative and growth opportunity for local businesses, and I strongly advise any SMEs who are eligible to express an interest through our online form before spaces fill up.”

To find out how your business can sign up, go to or call 0300 333 6536.


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