Peer Networks is a national initiative that will be delivered locally through the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) network and their respective Growth Hubs. The programme’s longer-term aims are focused on reducing the UK productivity gap by helping business leaders find practical solutions to strategic and operational challenges. It also forms part of the UK Government response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing EU transition, seeking to improve the resilience of SMEs, their capability to adapt their business models to the “new normal” and position themselves for future success, driving longer-term productivity gains.
The programme will see the creation of a series of peer networks (cohorts) through the Growth Hub network, with each group consisting of 10 - 14 owners or managers from the SME business community participating in each network. Led by an experienced facilitator, these peer networks will typically meet monthly as part of delivering 18 hours of action learning. Individual one-to-one support (coaching, mentoring, or advice) will also be provided either directly by the programme, or from other existing schemes to help to implement and manage change, these sessions will account for an additional 3.5 hours of support for each member. Active involvement in the peer network will enhance the leadership capabilities, knowledge and confidence of business owners and entrepreneurs within a local region. It will help build regional connectivity and strength within the SME business community.
The Black Country Consortium Ltd is seeking to appoint a provider to deliver key elements of the Peer Network Programme. This is expected to support the growth of between 126 and 196 eligible SMEs, through 14 cohort groups, across the Black Country LEP area. Eligible SMEs are those:
- In operation for 1 year+
- At least 5 employees
- An aspiration to improve
- A turnover of at least £100,000
The provider will need to clearly demonstrate in their tender response how they will meet the required deliverables within the available budget and timescales.
The deadline is Friday 30 April 2021.
Interested parties can view this opportunity on FinditintheBlackCountry here >