Popular support programmes return to help Worcestershire businesses

The Worcestershire Growth Hub has confirmed that the Peer Networks and Specialist Business Advisor programmes will be returning in 2021.

The support programmes were run in the first quarter of 2021 and became a popular support offer helping businesses to gather expert advice and build collaborative networking groups to overcome challenges.

After this initial success the programmes are now returning in the Summer of 2021, running until the end of March 2022.

Both programmes are completely FREE for businesses in Worcestershire who are keen to upscale and improve their business prospects.

Peer Networks, a national peer-to-peer networking programme helps businesses overcome challenges. It connects local SMEs to business leaders and enables them to receive free advice to help them recognise growth opportunities.

The Worcestershire Growth Hub has confirmed that HR Champions and Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce will be delivering this programme in the county.  

The second programme, Specialist Business Advisors, has five delivery partners who provide specific support to business on key topics or areas of the business.

The delivery partners and their specialist area can be found below:

  • General Business Advice – Biz Smart
  • Green Energy /Low Carbon – The Clean Tech Business Group
  • Access to Finance – Ormerod Rutter
  • Marketing and Communication – Citizen Communication Media
  • Digital Transformation – borwell

Phoebe Dawson, Director of Business Engagement at Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “I’m delighted that the partners for these popular support programmes have been approved. All of these organisations have a wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as a good understanding of the Worcestershire business landscape.

“Combined, the first phase of these programmes in 2020/2021 helped more than 200 Worcestershire businesses understand their organisation and recognise growth opportunities. I look forward to seeing these programmes get underway again to help Worcestershire businesses to build back better.”

To find out more about the programmes, follow the links below:

Peer Networks – https://www.business-central.co.uk/peer-networks/

Specialist Business Advisors – https://www.business-central.co.uk/business-advisers/