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Peer Networks Programme

The Peer Networks Programme is a national initiative for SME leaders that want to combat business challenges, grow and develop their organisation for future success.

What is Peer Networks?

Peer Networks enables businesses to come together to address common issues and challenges, and support one another to recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.  


This initiative is a fantastic opportunity to build a trusted network of connections to support businesses now and in the future.

Delivered through a series of virtual, high impact group sessions, participants will gain and reflect on valuable feedback from peers and identify practical solutions to overcome their challenges.

From marketing, to sales, to HR, to finance, expert facilitators will lead the trusted support network, helping build and strengthen SME's throughout the North East and improve overall performance.

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Who is eligible to join Peer Networks?

Peer Networks is designed for business owners and leaders in the Tees Valley region who may have business challenges and need to overcome those issues to enable growth within their organisation for future success.    

This programme is open to businesses who:

  • Businesses that have been operating for at least a year

  • Have two or more employees

  • Turnover of £100,000 or more prior to the pandemic

If you are an organisation that is looking to survive or thrive, you don't need to do this alone.  The Peer Networks programme will enable you to access all of the support you need and is open to businesses across a range of sectors.

This programme will enable you to access localised and specific support based on your needs and delivered by industry experts.

Come together with other businesses from across the region who are experiencing similar challenges and help tackle these collaboratively, learning, and sharing from one another.

Programme delivery:


Our series of high impact group sessions include:

  • Interactive high impact learning

  • Trained facilitators

  • Small experienced cohorts

  • Flexible topic selection based on your needs

  • One to one support



By completing Peer Networks, you will:

  • Overcome business challenges recognise and act on new opportunities

  • Build a trusted network of connections to support you now and in the future

  • Improve your long-term personal and business performance

How it works...

  • This course is fully funded and there are no costs to the business

  •  Peer Networks will drive the focus of each group, so you might want to find out about attracting new customers, supporting your staff, or learning to use digital technology in new ways – whatever are the most important issues for you and your business.  

  •  Through Peer Networks, businesses could get up to 18 hours of peer to peer action learning workshops and 3.5 hours of 1-2-1 specialist support from professional advisors to suit the needs of the business. 

  • Download the Peer Networks leaflet for more information on the programme 

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How will the programme be delivered and by who?

Peer Networks will take part in workshops within their small groups, plus separate one to one coaching for each business.  These sessions will take place virtually due to the current COVID-19 guidelines.

The Peer Networks programme will be delivered and facilitated by a team of industry and sector based experts. 


The SME Centre of Excellence will be working collaboratively with a team of associates to deliver these high impact informative and engaging workshops. 

Apply Now!

Simply complete the form and one of our team will review and get in touch with you shortly.​

“The single biggest factor that has helped individuals and businesses overcome challenges when the chips are down, or enabling them to go on to succeed, is the ability to learn from one another.”

Ammar Mirza CBE

– Innovation & Business Growth Expert and Angel Investor

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