SME Peer Network Programme

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Updated 27 January 2021: This programme is now full 

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Create a trusted support network

The SME Peer Network programme is a national peer-to-peer networking programme for SME leaders that want to grow and develop their organisation for future success. The programme is delivered locally by the University of Leeds on behalf of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. We will bring together diverse 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. Our expert facilitators give you 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.

The programme is open to all SME businesses trading in the Leeds City Region (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield).

The Programme

Peer Networks is delivered through a series of high impact group sessions, with each cohort led by a trained facilitator. The programme includes:

  • Interactive action learning
  • Small groups
  • Flexible discussion selection
  • One to one coaching

Who is the programme for?

The SME Peer Network Programme is designed for SME business leaders who want to grow and develop their organisation for future success. The programme is available to any SME business that has:

  • Operated for at least one year
  • At least five employees. If you do not meet this criteria, please contact Anne Salisbury (
  • An aspiration to grow

Research consistently shows businesses that seek external advice or undertake formal training are more likely to improve their overall performance and benefit from taking advice from trusted sources, such as their peers, when presented with external challenges and opportunities. The SME Peer Network Programme enables you to make connections that go far beyond networking. By completing this programme, you will:

  • Overcome business challenges; 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

Programme details

The programme involves 6 weekly sessions of 3 hours with your peer group building towards a business-specific Positioning Plan, followed by an individualised coaching session (1-2-1) for 3.5 hours.

The Peer Networks Programme is funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in response to a commitment made in the 2019 Business Productivity Review. 

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