Business owners and leaders across the Tees Valley are being encouraged to sign up to the support available to boost business in 2021. The Peer Network Programme offers 18 hours of high impact group sessions and enables businesses to come together to address common issues and challenges.

Business growth specialists Tees Valley Business Hub are facilitating the initiative on behalf of the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority and will use its industry experts to provide additional support, consisting of nine hours of specialist advice and three and a half hours of one-to-one expert guidance.

The programme allows leaders across the region to overcome challenges and provide support for survival and growth. The course is underway and already working with regional leaders, and, due to the early success additional cohorts have been added to deliver an intense two-week programme.

The new cohort will commence on the 8th March; however, attendees must register before 19th February to ensure they don’t miss out.

Tees Valley Business Hub, powered by the SME Centre of Excellence and situated in Middlesbrough’s Boho digital campus is well placed to facilitate the programme having supported many businesses within the region with tailored expertise to encourage growth. Jordan Dargue, Founding Director said: “The Peer Networks scheme is already seeing outputs with business leaders given the opportunity to share experience of what has been a challenging year. The programme gives a real opportunity for entrepreneurs to discuss issues that are holding them back and produce targeted solutions to help them in both the current climate and into the future. The additional cohorts allows more leaders to benefit and we would encourage business owners to sign up before the deadline.”

The programme will see participants come together with other business leaders from across the region who are experiencing similar challenges and help each other identify practical solutions to build and strengthen SMEs in the Tees Valley.

Managing director of Stockton marketing agency Resolution, who is participating in the programme said: “We are proud to operate from the Tees Valley and the region’s business owners are traditionally great at sharing knowledge. The Peer Network Programme allows this to be facilitated in order to gain maximum outputs and we are already benefiting from the support of fellow business leaders. Working on your business is as important as working in it and this time investment is minimal when compared to direct benefits to the organisation.”

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen added: “Small and medium-sized businesses are the lifeblood of Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool but are continuing to face challenges, particularly from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. To help business owners prepare for the future, we’re bringing them together with this scheme so they can share their solutions, knowledge, expertise and experience and help each other succeed.

“I’d urge any business owner to sign up so they can pull together and come out of the pandemic stronger and more equipped to succeed.”

Peer Networks is open to business owners and leaders in the Tees Valley, operating for at least a year, with two or more employees and a usual turnover of £100,000 or more.

Businesses can sign up to the programme by visiting: https://www.tvbh.co.uk/peer-to-peer

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