Peer network programme receives huge interest

Peer network programme  receives huge interest

The Essex Business’s Group2Grow peer network programme has received huge interest as businesses look to develop and grow. Applications for this dynamic programme of business support are still open, but spaces are now limited.

Let’s Do Business Group, in partnership with Essex County Council, under the programme title ‘Backing Essex Business’ offer a of a comprehensive portfolio of free business support for Essex businesses of all sizes and types.

Group2Grow is a part of this programme and is fully funded for Essex businesses. Created to build upon existing support, Group2Grow is a peer network providing opportunities for businesses looking to develop and grow using the power of facilitated virtual peer group sessions, combined with one-to-one support, delivered by a professional Business Coach.

Delivered over 8 x 2-hour facilitated online group sessions (typically every fortnight and with around 10 participants) as well as a total of three hours of one-to-one support from a business coach.  This combination of group and one-to-one business support is proven in producing outstanding results with positive economic impacts.

Topics for the 2-hour sessions will be determined by the business coach, together with the cohort members and includes:

  • Analysis of each business
  • How to overcome barriers to growth e.g., finance, skills, and resources
  • How to exploit opportunities for growth e.g., innovation, product development, pivoting, export/import, staff wellbeing
  • Increasing sales and improved marketing e.g., strategy and tactics
  • Improving awareness of key legal issues e.g., Intellectual property, compliance
  • Business growth through Digitech e.g., Ecommerce, digital marketing, websites, social media
  • Leadership development e.g., strategy and planning
  • Increasing business resilience e.g., pivoting and risk management

The overall outcome is to achieve a bespoke action plan for each business, helping them overcome challenges and barriers to growth, in order to achieve their goals.

The programme which has been running since September has seen unprecedented demand with 6 cohorts already in progress. Feedback has been positive with cohort members already reporting benefiting from the sessions.

“I am delighted that I joined the Group 2 Grow programme, I have met an interesting group of people/ companies and I am learning a lot of new business ideas from each session. I would highly recommend joining the programme”

Louise Jones , CEO  Dish Food Ltd, Danbury, Essex

Speaking for  The Consortium , one of the delivery partners of the programme Graham Broughton commented:

“The Group 2 Grow programme is a huge success with 75% of available places already taken up within 7 weeks of the launch of the programme. As you can see from Dish Foods Ltd,  Essex companies  are already benefitting from the advice given as well as interacting with other local companies”

If you are looking to grow your Essex business and feel you could benefit from the experience and knowledge of others, applications for the Group2Grow programme are still open but spaces are limited.  The programme is open to all, including start-ups, sole traders, established businesses and larger organisations.  All business sectors are eligible, including B2B and B2C, whether they provide products or services (or both).

The next cohort will be commencing in November. Register your interest at