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Peer Networks & Networking Opportunities

Create a trusted support network

Peer Networks is a national peer-to-peer networking programme for SME leaders that want to grow and develop their organisation for future success. Delivered locally by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, we create diverse cohort groups of individuals to collaboratively work through common business issues. Through interactive action learning, we enable you to discuss your own challenges, gain and reflect on valuable feedback and implement practical solutions to overcome them.

From finance and HR to sales, marketing and more, our expert facilitators give you the flexibility to create a trusted support network that works for you, helping you to build and strengthen your business and improve its overall performance.

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Peer Networks is delivered through a series of high impact group sessions, with each cohort led by a trained facilitator.

The programme includes:

  • Interactive action learning
  • Trained facilitators
  • Small groups
  • Flexible topic selection
  • One to one coaching

Peer Networks is designed for business leaders who want to grow and develop their organisation for future success.

Essential criteria:

  • In operation for 1 year+
  • At least 5 employees*ˆ
  • An aspiration to improve
  • A turnover of at least £100,000*

ˆA part time permanent employee should be counted as an employee. It is essential that these criteria are followed to ensure that this intervention reaches the target audience.


  • Businesses that have the potential to scale up
  • Businesses who already export, or who have the potential to become an exporter

Businesses that seek external advice or undertake formal training are more likely to improve their overall performance, but many prefer to take advice from trusted sources, such as their peers, when presented with external challenges and opportunities. Peer Networks enables you to make connections that go far beyond networking.

By completing Peer Networks, you 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
  • Improve your long-term personal and business performance


If you would like to know more or participate in the Peer Networks programme, please contact

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