East Midlands Accelerator Supporting Growth

Leicester City Manufacturing Peer Network

Event Information:

Type: Business Growth

Venue: Online, Martin Horsman

Date: Thursday, 18 August 2022

Time: 8:00am - 10:00am

Available To: Eligible SME's

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 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
  • 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.

What are the benefits of Peer Networks?

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
  • Achieve higher turnover, employment levels and productivity growth – as research indicates for businesses adopting formal management practices
  • Use the Peer Network to help overcome challenges or implement change in your business

Hear first hand from those that have already benefitted from Peer Neworks:


Read more from previous participants

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.

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 creative sector 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

What are the dates for the cohort?




1 18 Aug 22 8am  - 10am
2 08 Sep 22 8am  - 10am
3 29 Sep 22 8am  - 10am
4 20 Oct 22 8am  - 10am
5 10 Nov 22 8am  - 10am
6 01 Dec 22 8am  - 10am
7 22 Dec 22 8am  - 10am
8 12 Jan 23 8am  - 10am
9 02 Feb 23 8am  - 10am
10 23 Feb 23 8am  - 10am
11 16 Mar 23 8am  - 10am


Meet the facilitator

Martin’s first role post-graduation was in a small textiles manufacturing business, first in sales, then as factory manager. This experience took him into the rail industry as the planner & deputy production manager with a leading role in a pioneering approach to rolling stock design & build. This paved the way for a global role as Manufacturing Systems Director to roll out this model across Bombardier’s sites worldwide.

After successfully switching to a P&l role running Bombardier’s national spares business, Martin then joined a small consultancy before becoming Managing Director of 2 UK subsidiaries of Deutsche Bahn. 

Martin started consulting in 2016 & has diversified outside rail to help a range of business owners & executive teams address their businesses challenges. Martin works at the heart of organisations & builds teams to achieve their key objectives.


Want to get involved?

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