New Peer Network programme starts Monday 24 January 2022.


Are you struggling with challenges that are holding you back in growing your business?

Pink Link is working with the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver the Peer Network Programme. Peer Networks is a national peer-to-peer networking programme for SME leaders that want to grow and develop their
organisation for future success.

This programme will help female entrepreneurs reach their business goals and aspirations. In this free, fully-funded programme you will be part of a diverse cohort of female business leaders in your region who will collaboratively work through common business issues. Through interactive action learning, we enable you to discuss your own challenges, gain and reflect on valuable feedback and implement practical solutions to overcome them. We will help you to create a trusted support network that works for you, helping you to build and strengthen your business and improve its overall performance.


Peer Networks is designed for business leaders who want to grow and develop their organisation for future success. The programme is available to any SME business that has:

  • Operated for at least one year
  • At least two employees
  • A turnover of at least £100,000
  • An aspiration to improve

Ideally, participants should also have:

  • The potential to scale up
  • The ability or potential to export


Peer Networks is delivered through a series of high impact group sessions, with each cohort led by a trained facilitator.
The programme includes:

  • Interactive action learning
  • Trained facilitators
  • Small groups
  • Flexible topic selection
  • One to one coaching


Businesses that seek external advice or undertake formal training are more likely to improve their overall performance, but many prefer to take advice from trusted sources, such as their peers, when presented with external challenges and opportunities. Peer Networks enables you to make connections that go far beyond networking.

By completing Peer Networks, you will:

  • Overcome business challenges and recognise and act on new opportunities
  • Build a trusted network of connections to support you now and in the future
  • Improve your long-term personal and business performance

Overall, you will receive 18 hours of peer networking and 3.5 hours of one to one coaching in a government initiative funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.


As part of this offer you will also have access to:

  • Free visit to attend 14 network meetings, including three Cumbrian networks, Carlisle, Kendal and Penrith, which are held monthly across the North West; a total of 28 hours of free networking.
  • Invitation to free Pink Link masterclasses to upskill and support business growth.
  • Invitation to the next Pink Link Regional Conference.
  • Mindset and Wellbeing session.
  • Feature in a Social Media Campaign.


Take a look at what other female business leaders enjoyed about the Peer Networks Programme delivered by Pink Link.

Fiona Durham, Financial Management Bureau

“I found the peer to peer sessions really helpful, the group were really
supportive. This made it really easy to open up and consider business issues. Being able to speak to like-minded women has provoked thoughts on how best to drive my business going forward. The support and organisation from both Jo and yourself only added to the benefit from the group. After the
sessions I always felt extremely motivated and positive. The group provided a good time to reflect, a good break from a usually busy/hectic week.”

Amy Onyango, Felltarn

“The sessions were a unique opportunity to get immediate insights into the issues we all face within our businesses. The range of ideas, solutions and perspectives from all P2P group members provided a great deal of positive energy to help us focus on overcoming the obstacles and challenges we have struggled with for some time. I am now confidently managing my time more effectively, and able to focus on developing new roles within the business for new team members to join us. I would join a P2P group again in a second!”


We are taking applications for the forthcoming Cumbria LEP Peer Network groups. If you are interested in attending this programme, please register using the form below and we will contact you when spaces are available.

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