Support is out there - networking points way to business recovery - The Solihull Observer

Support is out there - networking points way to business recovery

Solihull Editorial 22nd Apr, 2021   0

LEADERS of small and medium sized businesses across Greater Birmingham and Solihull are being urged to invest in their future through a free national peer-to-peer networking programme.

The roll out of Peer Networks follows a successful pilot which was launched at the end of 2020.

It is aimed at SME leaders who want to grow their business. Funded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, it will be delivered through Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Hub (GBSLEP Growth Hub).

Colette King, owner of the Platform Three wine bar in Solihull said: “Peer Networks has helped us have a more objective perspective on our business.

“Listening to the other participants, we were struck by the commonality of the challenges facing different SMEs. The unexpected bonus for me was the support I felt from the group.”

Paul Griffiths, from Aspire Sports who took part in the pilot, said: “Peer Networks helped me take time out from the day-to-day running of our business and focus on my leadership skills and capabilities.”

GBSLEP Growth Hub has brought together business leaders from different parts of the supply chain to share alternative perspectives on similar challenges they face.

The Peer Networks programme is suitable for SMEs that have five or more employees and a turnover of £100,000-plus. Visit or call 0800 032 3488.

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