East Midlands Accelerator Supporting Growth

Peer Networks with Generation Next

Event Information:

Type: Business Growth

Venue: Online, Mark Goldby

Date: Thursday, 1 September 2022

Time: 8:00am - 11:00am

Available To: Eligible delegates

Member Price: FREE

Non-Member Price: FREE

Peer Networks is a hugely beneficial programme guided by expert facilitators, you will be given 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.

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.

Peer Networks with Generation Next has been designed for young professionals who want to grow and develop within their workplace. 

Peer Networks are different to a traditional classroom development programme. Characteristics of a peer network learning environment include:

  • Informal
  • Agenda set by the group members
  • Peers talk about their challenges and overcome them through conversational peer support rather than classroom teaching
  • Real-life scenarios are discussed
  • Group members realise they are not alone in the challenges they face
  • Learning is through conversation and interaction with fellow group members that have overcome challenges
  • Every group member has a voice to raise challenges 
  • Members develop support channels in the peer-to-peer network that continue outside the group 
  • All-round development of the group members 
  • Full confidentiality is expected with respect to Chatham House Rules

What commitment do you require from me?

Peer Networks is a fully funded programme so there is no cost involved for you, or your business. A time commitment will be required to attend the sessions, which will be around 18 hours across the entire duration of the programme.

Before the sessions for the peer-to-peer network begin, each member of the network is required to have a one-hour onboarding session with the facilitator. This onboarding session is an opportunity to talk about the challenges you want to overcome and gain a better understanding of the process of Peer Networks. Each member of the peer network is encouraged to prepare an action plan prior to beginning the programme. 

After the completion of the peer network, each member will have access to an additional two and a half hours of coaching and mentoring from a qualified facilitator or coach to review or help them achieve their action plan. 

What are the dates for the cohort?

  • 01 Sep 22 8am - 11am
  • 08 Sep 22 8am - 11am
  • 15 Sep 22 8am - 11am
  • 22 Sep 22 8am - 11am
  • 29 Sep 22 8am - 11am
  • 06 Oct 22 8am - 11am

What are the benefits of Peer Networks?

Peer Networks enable you to make connections that go far beyond networking. By completing a Peer Networks programme, you will:

  • Overcome business challenges and recognise new opportunities
  • Build a trusted network of connections to support you now and in the future
  • Improve your long-term personal and business performance
  • Use the peer-to-peer network to help overcome challenges or implement change in your business

What to expect from Peer Networks?

Case Study – The Production Lab

The Production Lab, founded by Fazane Fox, is an award-winning clothing development and production company. It creates fit-for-purpose clothing and accessories for start-ups, designers and established brands.
As a business owner Fazane felt very isolated prior to joining the peer-to-peer network, especially during lockdown with no one to turn to for advice. 

After joining the network, Fazane was able to chat through a number of issues she had with fellow members who offered advice, support and leads for other businesses to help. Support was received for legal issues, staffing problems, importing and exporting, as well as general advice and guidance on running a business. This collaborative approach to learning enabled Fazane to feel empowered in her business decisions which enabled business turnover to double.

She said: “The benefits have been amazing. The advice and support given from my fellow members had been outstanding. Everyone is very warm, friendly, down-to-earth, honest and very knowledgeable. I feel like not only do I have a new set of friends now but people that will support me going forward. It’s like a weight has been lifted.” 

Download Case Study

Who should attend this network?

The Peer Network programme is designed for business leaders who want to grow and develop their organisation for future success. This dedicated network is set to bring together businesses in the based in a UKCRF areas.

In the East Midlands, these are:

  • Derbyshire Dales and High Peak,
  • Mansfield,
  • Bassetlaw and Newark and Sherwood,
  • Nottingham City, and
  • Leicester City

The programme is available to any SME business that has:

  • Operated for at least one year
  • At least three employees
  • A turnover of at least £100,000
  • An aspiration to improve
  • The potential to scale up or export or is exporting already

Want to get involved?

To join one of our upcoming Peer Networks, please complete the booking form and a member of the team will be in touch.

By signing up to a Peer Network cohort for Generation Next, you will access one year’s free membership with the network, which will give you access to a range of added support for young business people:

  • Regular informal networking events 
  • Learning and development material
  • Educational webinars 
  • Mentoring programme
  • Promotional opportunities 
  • Annual awards programme

If you are already a member and want to take part in the programme, we will gift you a complimentary year of membership with Generation Next when it’s time for your renewal. 

Register your interest by completing the booking form

Any questions, please contact Rubina Blackwell at rubina.blackwell@emc-dnl.co.uk

East Midlands Accelerator is part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.
The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-community-renewal-fund- prospectus