Peer Networks is a national, fully funded peer-to-peer networking programme for SME leaders that want to grow and develop their organisation for future success. Locally this will be delivered by Business Information Point in Devon and Somerset, specifically for businesses in the food and drink sector.

The aim is to bring together a group of individuals to collaboratively work through common business issues, make valuable connections and realise new opportunities. It will include weekly, virtual group sessions with 11 participants as well as individual business support with an experienced advisor.

The discussions with range from finance and HR to sales, marketing and more. Our expert facilitators will help to create a trusted support network that works for you. Helping you to build and strengthen your business and improve its overall performance. The groups will meet on a regular basis and the conversation will be structured using action learning principles allowing everyone to learn from each other's successes, setbacks and practices.

"As a business owner, I get plenty of advice but what’s great about the Peer Network is that the participants are in a similar position to you, have no axe to grind or no vested interest, and are keen to share their thoughts just for the reciprocal benefit of hearing your thoughts about their business. And the Action Learning ethos means that you follow up with real actions. Highly recommended.” Brian – MM Ltd

At each session there will be the opportunity to report any results and feedback to encourage discussion between co-members. This helps everyone move forward on their challenges and learn from each other’s progress.

Mandatory criteria:

  • In operation for at least 1 year
  • At least 5 employees (places may be available for businesses temporarily with fewer than 5 employees)
  • An aspiration to improve
  • A turnover of at least £100,000
  • Operates in the food and drink sector

For more information, session dates  and to register for the programme  please visit the Business Information Point website.