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Peer Networks programme for SMEs set to run in Hertfordshire for second year

After the success of the pilot in 2020, Hertfordshire Growth Hub and Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce have announced that the Peer Networks programme will be running for a second year running.

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

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 eligible businesses 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.

Jamie Sukroo – Lean Caffeine Ltd., said ‘The Peer-to-Peer sessions have been immensely valuable as I have learned from others in the group, and it has enabled me to focus on key areas within the business. The process of sharing an issue makes it smaller and the breadth of experience in the group means many different perspectives are brought to bear on the issue. Highly recommended.’

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 to the Hertfordshire Growth Hub website ( 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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