East Midlands Accelerator Supporting Growth

High Growth Peer Network

Event Information:

Type: Business Growth

Venue: Online, Steve Hobbs

Date: Monday, 12 September 2022

Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Available To: Eligible SME's

Speaker: Steve Hobbs

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?





12 Sep 22

2pm to 5pm


26 Sep 22

2pm to 5pm


10 Oct 22

2pm to 5pm


24 Oct 22

2pm to 5pm


07 Nov 22

2pm to 5pm

6 21 Nov 22  2pm to 5pm

Meet the facilitator

Steve works as a facilitator and mentor in helping others get things done. An ex-naval officer, engineer, landlord and shopkeeper, photocopier salesman and print industry man; as business owner, consultant and project manager. There aren’t many situations in business and life he hasn’t come across. He supports others with his boundless enthusiasm to make things work. His ability to stimulate your curiosity, help bring you clarity and support you to take action in both your business and personal life has been honed through three decades in industry, around the globe, including 20 years of experience of action learning.


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