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Peer Networks Programme back and ready to support SMEs across Suffolk & Norfolk

Peer Networks Programme back and ready to support SMEs across Suffolk & Norfolk

After huge success in 2020, the New Anglia Growth Hub is thrilled to announce that they are continuing The Peer Networks Programme into its second year.

The Peer Networks is a national peer to peer networking programme for SME leaders that want to grow and develop their organisation for future success. Funded by Government through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the New Anglia Growth Hub is offering this programme to over 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 Samantha Vinyard-Jones, New Anglia Growth Hub Manager. “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 5 employees, a turnover of at least £100,000.00 and an aspiration to improve.

Former participant Patrick Baker of E J Baker & Sons said he “would absolutely, whole-heartedly 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 “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 business person for sure”.

Enrolling in a programme led by the 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.”

For more information, please visit: https://www.newangliagrowthhub.co.uk/business-support/peer-networks/

Article by Suffolk Chamber