Create a trusted support network

National programme funded by Central Government

Express your interest in the Worcestershire Peer Networks Programme


What is Peer Networks?

Peer Networks is a national peer-to-peer networking programme for SME leaders that want to grow and develop their organisation for future success.

This programme has been designed to allow businesses and business owners to share and gain knowledge and help from expert facilitators.

The programme was successfully delivered by Worcestershire Business Central during the first quarter of 2021. We created diverse cohort groups of individuals who were able to collaboratively work through common business issues.

Through interactive action learning, these cohorts were able to discuss their own challenges, gain and reflect on valuable feedback and implement practical solutions to overcome them.

See how businesses benefitted from the first phase of the programme in our success stories which can be found further down this page.

More information on the benefits, eligibility criteria and delivery of the programme can be found below.


We are now inviting businesses to express their interest to join the Peer Networks Programme

Building on the success from phase 1, we are inviting organisations to submit their expressions of interest for the next wave of the programme. 

To express your interest, scroll down this page to the sign up form below. To avoid disappointment, please register your interest as soon as possible. 


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

Who is the programme for?

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

The programme is available to any SME business that has:

Operated for at least one year

At least five employees

A turnover of at least £100,000

An aspiration to improve


Ideally, participants should also have:

The potential to scale up

The ability or potential to export

The Programme

Peer Networks is delivered through a series of high impact group sessions, with each cohort led by a trained facilitator. The programme also includes best use of technology in the COVID world, to present the business in the best way digitally and also look at new business development opportunities at home and abroad.

The programme includes:


Interactive action learning


Trained facilitators


Small groups


Flexible topic selection


One to one coaching

Success Stories from Year 1

To read the full case studies from the first year of the Peer Networks programme, please click on the corresponding link below. 


Centenary Lounge 

Register for the next phase of Peer Networks

Please complete the form below to submit your interest in being a part of the Peer Networks programme for Worcestershire.

  • To use externally:

    Essential (All Four Criteria must be met)

  • Desirable:
  • *There is some limited flexibility with the programme, if you are unsure, please contact the team in the first instance. :

    Businesses impacted by Covid-19

    In the case of SMEs that prior to the impact of Covid-19 would have qualified, but which now do not due to the impact of Covid-19 (i.e. drop in turnover, or reduction in the number of employees), that would have met the criteria prior to March 2020

    Note that part time permanent employees should be counted as one employee.

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