New series of Peer-to-Peer Networks launched to support international business growth

New series of Peer-to-Peer Networks launched to support international business growth

Senior leaders and business owners across Lincolnshire and Rutland are being invited to join a peer-to-peer networking programme that has been designed to support international growth.

Delivered by Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce on behalf of Business Lincolnshire, the Peer Networks programme gives directors, senior managers, and business owners the opportunity to share common business challenges and objectives relating to overseas growth.

Regular sessions take place over several months and are facilitated by experts in the field and supported by specialist guest speakers.

Charlotte Watson, Deputy Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce is heading up the programme, said: “Peer networks are quite different to a traditional classroom development programme, they are much more informal as the agenda is set by the wants and needs of the group members.

“Where we think the added value is the development of support channels outside of the group, which are nurtured over the longer term and bringing businesses together in such a way to share, learn and support is an area the Chamber is particularly well placed to lead on.”

Eve Farley, International Trade Coach at Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce will be delivering the programme, said: “International Trade is a key area for the Chamber and there is a world of opportunities out there for businesses whether that be through expanding in to new markets or starting completely from scratch with exporting, these peer networks are designed to support businesses with international growth and the challenges that come with it.”

Cllr Colin Davie, executive councillor for economy and place at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Businesses in Lincolnshire could be missing real opportunities to trade around the world and as part of the wider Lincolnshire Internationalisation Strategy we are delighted to be working with Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce to deliver peer networks and roundtables to support more businesses to sell goods and services around the world.”

Qualifying businesses must meet the eligibility criteria. They must be based in Greater Lincolnshire, including North and North-East Lincolnshire or Rutland; have operated for at least one year; employ fewer than 250 people; and have aspirations to export or expand current activities.

Up to 10 individuals are involved in each cohort and are required to give a time commitment of about 18 hours across the entire duration of the fully funded programme.

Anyone interested in taking part in the Peer Networks may register their interest via the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce website: https://www.lincs-chamber.co.uk/international-trade/peer-to-peer-networks/

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