Leaders learning from each other

More than 320 business owners and managers from across Lancashire have worked together to solve common challenges, share knowledge and grow as part of a government-funded business support programme.

The businesses have recruited staff, launched products and services, found new markets and improved their business resilience through the ‘Peer Networks’ programme.

It has brought together owners and managers in a series of structured virtual sessions to help them learn from each other.

The fully funded programme is now set to help hundreds more businesses across the county over the coming year after receiving further funding because of the impact it has had.

Peer Networks was funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and led locally by Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. The programme ran between October 2020 and March this year.

As a result of the success of that initial project, BEIS has announced funding for a further 26 Peer Networks cohorts to run from July this year to next March.

Lancashire companies can register their interest via the ‘contact us’ page on the Boost website or by calling 0800 488 0057.

More information will be made available on the renewed programme over the coming weeks.

It is also more than a year since Boost launched its #AskForHelp service, supporting businesses during pandemic.

The service, launched on the first day of UK lockdown, has meant more than 2,700 businesses have received direct Covid-related guidance from a member of the Boost team over the past year, with thousands more using the organisation’s online tips and advice.

Boost has also worked with government and other bodies to make a wide range of specialist guidance available to businesses on issues including Covid-19 recovery, Brexit and building a more resilient business.