Peer Networks Case Studies

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Peer Networks is a peer-to-peer networking programme for SMEs that is delivered locally by the network of Growth Hubs across England


Brindley Timberworks - Retail cohort

Brindley Timberworks established in 2004, is a small joinery production and retail business. Owner Ben Brindley started out specialising in producing high quality garden furniture and other landscape joinery.  At the start of the peer network Brindley Timberworks were embarking on a major rebrand to reflect the business growth and to ensure the business name  represented their skills and knowledge more appropriately. Since the network they’ve fully rebranded and taken on their first intern, which they wouldn’t have done without the confidence and knowledge gained at the network.

The peer network came just at the right time for me, there was well over 100 years’ experience in the virtual room for me to tap into. The 18 hours of peer support helped to stimulate new ideas, develop my knowledge and gave me the confidence to take my business to the next level. So much so I’ve just taken on our first intern. The 1-1 coaching support from the facilitator was excellent and also crucial at supporting me on this journey and helped me to focus on working on the business rather than in it.

Ben Brindley

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Original Recipes - Food and Drink cohort

Granny Mary (Sutherland) started making potted beef in the 1920’s. Due to Mary’s secret recipe, this quickly became a family business, with Mary and her husband producing potted meats and pâtés for distribution across Yorkshire and Lancashire. Through the programme, the business was able to discuss a range of challenges that were important to them, the solutions to which would direct future success.

I really enjoyed being part of a small proactive network of like-minded people. I felt my contribution was valued and suggestions were taken on board. People’s positive perception of myself and my business provided me with a real confidence boost to move forward and make important decisions based on our discussions.

William Sutherland

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