By Brigette Currin 2 minute read

Small businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk have been encouraged to sign up for a new free Government-funded programme to grow and develop their organisation for future success.

The Peer Networks programme is part of the government’s national COVID-19 response and will be run locally through the New Anglia Growth Hub, supported by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The schemes aim is to create diverse cohort groups to collaboratively work through common business issues, enabling businesses to discuss challenges, gain and reflect on valuable feedback and implement practical solutions to overcome them.

The sessions will give businesses the flexibility to create a trusted support network, build and strengthen their business, improve its overall performance and give them the ability to trade in the ‘new normal’.

Each group, which will be led by an experienced facilitator, will meet for a total of 18 hours plus each business owner will take part in a further 3.5 hours of one-to-one support matched to their needs.

New Anglia Growth Hub will support up to 250 eligible businesses through the Peer Networks programme, with the first cohort meeting at the beginning of November.

New Anglia Growth Hub Manager, Richard Glinn, said: “The phrase ‘it’s good to talk’ is certainly relevant with the Peer Networks initiative.”

“Businesses will be able to build a trusted network of peers with whom they can share experiences and knowledge, learn with and rely upon for support and advice to help overcome challenges.”

“We have engaged with some excellent facilitators who will work with each cohort to help stimulate worthwhile, meaningful discussion and enable deeper learning and collaboration.”

“The programme will provide a much-needed support network and sounding board for businesses, helping them to grow and flourish during these current challenging times.”

Peer Networks is open to any SME that has operated for at least one year, has at least five employees, a turnover of at least £100,000 and an aspiration to improve.

For further information or to sign up, please visit