Monday, April 22, 2024

Business leaders invited to share in peer-to-peer networking to boost international growth

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. She 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 who’ll 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.”

To qualify, businesses must be based in Greater Lincolnshire, including North and North-East Lincolnshire or Rutland; have operated for at least a 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 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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