Peer Networks will be run as a pilot and delivered locally by Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub, we create diverse cohort groups of individuals to collaboratively work through common business issues. Through interactive action learning, we enable participants to discuss their own challenges, gain and reflect on valuable feedback and implement practical solutions to overcome them. The programme’s longer-term aims are focused on reducing the UK productivity gap by helping business leaders find practical solutions to strategic and operational challenges. 


From finance and HR to sales, marketing and more, our expert facilitators give business leaders the flexibility to create a trusted support network that works for them, helping them to build and strengthen their business and improve its overall performance.

Active involvement in this pilot programme will enhance the leadership capabilities, knowledge and confidence of business owners and entrepreneurs within a local region. The Peer Networks Programme is funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in response to a commitment made in the 2019 Business Productivity Review.


Benefits of the pilot programme:

While the long-term objectives of the programme includes positioning businesses for future success and improving their overall performance, Peer Networks also provides the support that businesses need to tackle, from the short-term issues that are affecting them now, to those related to COVID-19.


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 open to SME businesses that has:

  • Operated for at least one year
  • At least five employees
  • A turnover of at least £100,000
  • An aspiration to improve  

Businesses will ideally have the potential to scale up or export or be exporting already. 



Delivered through a series of high impact group sessions, with each cohort led by a 
trained facilitator.  

The programme includes:

  • 9 x 2-hour fortnightly sessions
  • Interactive action learning
  • Cohorts of 8-11 Business leaders
  • Flexible topic selection
  • Additional 3 ½ hours of one to one support 


Benefits to the business:

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.


Businesses that complete Peer Networks will: 

  • Overcome business challenges and recognise and act on new opportunities
  • Build a trusted network of connections to support them now and in the future
  • Improve their long-term personal and business performance


Want to learn more about our pilot programme?

Please contact Brea Woods on [email protected]