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Peer Networks is a fully funded, peer-to-peer networking programme designed to help small and medium-sized businesses overcome their challenges and seize growth opportunities.

  • Build a trusted network of connections to help your business now and in the future 
  • Increase resilience and improve overall productivity 
  • Overcome business challenges and recognise and act on new opportunities 
  • Free to eligible small and medium-sized businesses in Berkshire 
  • Delivered locally by the Thames Valley Berkshire Business Growth Hub 
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How does it work?

Peer Networks is a new peer-to-peer networking programme designed exclusively for Berkshire-based SMEs that was launched in October. The programme is delivered fortnightly by trained facilitators in nine online, two-hour group sessions. In addition, each participating SME will receive a further 3.5 hours of one-to-one support with an expert business adviser scheduled to suit your needs.

Each participant is given the chance to present an opportunity, challenge, or problem and receive help to explore this and any solutions, whilst also commenting on the challenges of others.

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The Programme includes: 

Action-oriented learning
Trained facilitators
Small groups
Flexible topic selection
One-to-one support 

Who is eligible for the Programme?

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

Limited Places Available

The Berkshire Growth Hub’s free Programme is available to Berkshire-based SMEs that have:

  • Operated for at least a year 
  • At least five employees 
  • An aspiration to improve 
  • A turnover of at least £100,000 

The Berkshire Growth Hub’s Programme is open to business leaders who:

  • Want to develop their leadership and management skills 
  • Value the opinions of others 
  • Want to contribute to the success of others
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What's in it for you?

Peer Networks is a national initiative for SME leaders that want to grow and develop their organisation for future success. 

Delivered locally by the Thames Valley Berkshire Business Growth Hub – which offers quality, fully funded, impartial support services and expert advice to SME business leaders in Berkshire - we establish diverse cohort groups of business leaders from across the county to collaboratively work through common business issues and widen their professional network.

We’ll facilitate the sharing of your own challenges, solutions, knowledge and experience to help you connect to other business leaders and implement practical solutions.

Our expert facilitators will be covering topics based on your current challenges and opportunities, including finance and HR, marketing and management, COVID-19, EU transition and much more.

With an additional 3.5 hours of dedicated, one-to-one support delivered separately by an expert business adviser, we will help you to strategise and implement solutions.

The Facilitators

Berkshire’s Peer Networks Programme will be delivered by a team of highly experienced facilitators:

Mary-Louise Clark

Mary-Louise has been working as a facilitator, coach, trainer and programme designer for 20 years with experience in both public and private sectors, including work on over 100 Government projects.

Jane Dowsett

Jane is a workshop facilitator and consultant with over 30 years’ experience gained working in the information technology, services and government sectors.

Sarah Holden

Sarah is an experienced Organisation Development and Change consultant, Executive Coach and Facilitator with over 24 years' working in private, public and not-for-profit organisations.

Jenny Plaister

Jenny is an Innovation Coach and Leadership Facilitator. Her 20 years' experience includes Compaq/HP and ICL Fujitsu, as well as start-ups and SMEs. She has worked with leaders and facilitating groups in the private and public sectors.

Carol Whitaker

Carol’s business experience is at board level in both executive and non-executive roles in a range of industries including exhibitions, retail, telecoms, government, market research and housing.

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  • Build a team of trusted contacts to support you now and in the future
  • Overcome challenges and seek help and guidance to implement an action plan 
  • Act on new opportunities 
  • Establish a trusted support network 
  • Improve your business performance 
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