New Peer Network programme to help Marches businesses help each other 

August 6, 2021

A highly-successful programme which brings business leaders together to share their knowledge and help each other’s companies grow is returning to the Marches. 

The Peer Network Programme – which is fully funded by the Government and supported by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and Marches Growth Hub – earned widespread praise when it was first run earlier this year. 

Now the programme – which brings together business owners and leaders in groups of 11 to help them learn from each other as well as specialist business advisers – is returning in September and businesses are being urged to book their places now to ensure they do not miss out. 

A series of weekly Zoom sessions is being held every Thursday to give businesses a chance to find out more about how the programme works and the benefits it can bring. 

Executive coach Leon Mundey, of Neale Lewis Associates, which is delivering the programme across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, said it would provide business owners and leaders with the perfect opportunity to learn from each other.  

“We are running three separate cohorts which will bring together businesses to tackle common challenges and take advantage of potential opportunities and create the perfect environment for those taking part to assess how they might grow. 

“The programme is again being run on a virtual basis which means there is no wasted travel time and we can include businesses from every corner of the region. Groups will cover all sizes and sectors, though there is a requirement that any business should have at least five employees and a £100,000 turnover. 

“The feedback from the first programme was absolutely fantastic, with widespread agreement that the networks added real value for those taking part. It is an opportunity to really work on your business and take a bit of time to reflect on your ambitions for it.” 

As well as the programme of group sessions, each business will also receive two one-to-one sessions with their group leader. 

“The idea of the one-to-ones is that everything said is entirely between you and your advisor, and it gives an opportunity to raise issues which you might not wanted to have shared with the whole group. 

“This is a chance to tap into the expertise of the professional coaches, all of whom will have years of experience and knowledge to bring to the discussions.” 

Leon said the Zoom sessions were taking place between 8.30am and 9am each Thursday and could be accessed via: 

For more information about the programme visit: 

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

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