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Peer networking groups help firms overcome growth challenges

Written by Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce | 12 Apr 2023

Fast-growing businesses across Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire only have a few weeks left to sign up for a dynamic peer networking group.

SEMLEP’s Growth Curve programme features a Peer Networks initiative which gives business owners the chance to benefit from three hours of business coaching and a further 10 hours of networking with leaders of fast-growing firms.

The 10 hours of networking are divided into five sessions, featuring around 12 businesses, which are led by a professional facilitator.

However, with funding for the Growth Curve programme coming to an end, businesses only have until April 28 to register for the last set of online Peer Network sessions. 

SEMLEP Growth Hub manager Vicky Hlomuka said: “During the pandemic lots of companies became leaner and as they’re now starting to grow again many are telling us they are struggling with recruitment. 

“As a result, many business owners have had to move away from planning for the future because they’ve had to return to more day-to-day tasks.

“Many owners feel their businesses are taking control of them instead of them being in control of their business.

“One of the things that’s so valuable about our Peer Networks is they bring firms face-to-face with other company owners who are also growing their businesses and who understand these challenges very well.

“The business owners who have taken part in our Peer Networks have shared brilliant insights with each other about how their peers can free up time in their own firms which has enabled lots of companies to start planning for the future again.”

Growth Curve is open to firms which are experiencing or projecting high growth in the next two to three years, have at least two employees, have been trading for at least two years and have a current annual turnover of £100,000 with projected 20 per cent annual growth minimum.

Growth Curve and its Growth Curve Peer Networks are part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. 

The Peer Networks programme is delivered by SEMLEP in conjunction with New Level Results. 

To register for support from the Growth Curve programme fill in the enquiry form at

To find out more about the Growth Curve Peer Networks visit


Topics: SEMLEP

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