Peer Networks is a national programme, funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) aimed at supporting SME businesses to grow and develop
FSB in Coventry and Warwickshire is delivering a Peer Networks programme to support business leaders on the High Street. Our high streets have been under tremendous pressure to adapt and innovate in recent years and Covid-19 has accelerated the need for rapid change. FSB has assembled a team of experts led by facilitator Sarah Windrum and Rich Bishop to support you in transitioning your high street business – whether it is retail, beauty, hospitality or leisure – through Peer to Peer Learning.
The aim is to encourage participants to collaborate, work through common business issues and strengthen business performance and personal development. This Peer to Peer programme offers a unique opportunity to benefit from expertise in a range of areas including cyber security, data-driven pricing, and new technology adoption, as well as action learning and discussion with those running high street businesses.
If you would like further information on this opportunity please get in touch with [email protected] (07790 836753)
About the Programme
This will be a chance to join a small group of fellow small business owners to discuss experiences and learn from each other.
The programme will be led by an experienced facilitator, and typically meet fortnightly as part of delivering 18 hours of action learning through 2.5 hour sessions online. Individual one-to-one support will also be provided as part of the programmes. Active involvement in the programme will enhance the leadership capabilities, knowledge and confidence of business owners in the region.
To be eligible to join this personal learning and development programme, the participant must work in a business in Coventry and Warwickshire and meet the following criteria:
- In the ‘high street’ sector
- Commit to 18 hours of learning over 7 sessions
Why is it being offered?
Access to the right external support will help high street businesses innovate and adopt new technologies to sustain growth and reset for the future. This is a chance for local businesses to discuss experiences with peers and benefit from a wealth of additional expertise. Discussions will focus on key themed areas identified and agreed by participants. Some example themes could include the benefits of mobile apps, selling on social media, protecting your business in a digital world, understanding future technologies, financing strategic business change and data driven pricing, among others.
What is the investment?
The cost of the network is fully funded by CW Growth Hub as part of a national Government programme. Individuals will need to commit to investing time (18 hours in total) by participating in the network and sharing their experience with the wider group. Active involvement in the programme will enhance the leadership capabilities, knowledge and confidence of business owners and entrepreneurs within the region.
The programme enables you to build trusted connections that go beyond networking. The facilitated group will enable participants to consider their own challenges from different perspectives and act on new learnings from the sessions. By completing Peer Networks participants will overcome business challenges and recognise and act on new opportunities, build a trusted network of connections to support you now and in the future and improve your long-term personal and business performance.
Programme Delivery Dates
All sessions are held on Wednesday afternoons from 1pm – 3pm and delivered over Zoom on starting in January - March 2021.
If you are interested in joining this networking cohort or require further information please contact Lee Osborne