Support for SMEs

New peer networking programme for SMEs launched in Hertfordshire

The national Peer Networks programme, designed to help SMEs to grow and position themselves for future success, is set to be delivered locally by Hertfordshire Growth Hub, powered by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Peer Networks brings together diverse cohorts of SME leaders who, with the guidance of experienced facilitators, collaborate to find solutions to existing barriers to growth. The programme challenges participants to take onboard new perspectives and find ways to improve their business performance and resilience, ultimately helping tackle the UK’s productivity issue.

Under the programme, Hertfordshire Growth Hub will provide each participant with 18 hours of support through a series of high impact group sessions, and at least 3.5 hours of one-to-one support to discuss their business needs, from finance and HR to sales and marketing.

Active involvement in the programme will enable participants to build their leadership capabilities, knowledge and confidence, and strengthen their ties with the local business community.

Nitin Dahad, Chair of Hertfordshire LEP’s Enterprise & Innovation Board, said: “With skills and enterprise at the heart of our Economic Recovery Plan for Hertfordshire, we are continuing to expand our business support ecosystem, centred around Hertfordshire Growth Hub, to ensure that our SMEs have the support and confidence they need to strive for growth.”

“The Peer Networks programme is one such example, providing SMEs with the chance to learn from and share experiences with their peers, build a trusted support network, and better position themselves to open doors to new opportunities during what is an incredibly testing time for many businesses.”

The Peer Networks programme is now open to all Hertfordshire SMEs that have been operating for at least one year, with a minimum of five employees and a minimum turnover of £100,000.

To express your interest in joining this scheme, register or login and ensure you have completed your business diagnostic. Following this, please visit the Marketplace, select ‘Funded Support’ then select the ‘Peer Networks’ listing.

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