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With the increased challenges facing businesses and new opportunities on the horizon in the Tees Valley, there has never been a more important time to prepare your business for the future.

Through Peer Networks you can join free, structured group sessions with other local Tees Valley business leaders and work together to find practical solutions to the challenges you’re facing and explore new opportunities to build your business.


What is Peer Networks?

Peer Networks is a national peer-to-peer networking programme for SME leaders that want to grow and develop their organisation for future success.

Delivered locally by Tees Valley Business, we create small, trusted cohort groups of local business leaders to collaboratively work through common business issues, guided by our expert facilitators.

Peer Networks is open to business leaders operating in all sectors and support can include, but is not limited to, the following themes:

  • Business Model/Strategy Development
  • Change management
  • Female Leadership
  • Leadership and management
  • Sales and marketing
  • HR
  • Finance


How does Peer Networks work?
 1. Get matched with a trusted network of likeminded business leaders

You will be asked to complete a questionnaire to help us understand where your business is now and what areas you want to explore – from finance and HR to sales, marketing and more.

We will then match you with a small cohort of likeminded business leaders who have identified similar interests to you. You will not be placed in a group with any industry competitors, so you can benefit from fresh insights and gain new perspectives.

2. Learn from your peers through high impact group sessions

 A professional facilitator will support your trusted cohort group in regular structured sessions to work through your common problems, challenges and opportunities, collaboratively and flexibly.

Through interactive action learning you can discuss your challenges, get valuable feedback from your peers, and work to find practical solutions to help you build and strengthen your business, as well as your personal performance.

Plus, if your cohort group identifies complex common issues which require further intervention from an industry expert, we can arrange for a professional to come in and join the group session to offer up to nine hours of support.

3. Plus, access free specialist 1-2-1 advice and support

You can also access up to three and a half hours of FREE specialist mentoring, coaching or advice, matched to your specific needs to help you build on your learning experience from the group sessions.


Why Join Peer Networks?

By completing Peer Networks, you will:

  • Explore exciting new local opportunities with your peers in the Tees Valley
  • Build a trusted network of connections to support you now and in the future
Here’s what Andrew Pearce, Director of On Track Learning, had to say about his Peer Networks experience…



Is there a cost to join?

Peer Networks is a fully-funded programme, so there is no cost to you.

All it takes is a few hours of your time each month, which will be approximately eighteen hours across the entire duration of the programme. This will run on a flexible model, based on the needs of the group, so you can fit sessions into your busy schedule with options for early morning and evening sessions. You will also have the option to access an additional three and a half hours of tailored specialist support, which is also free to your business.



Peer Networks is open to any SME business* that:

  • Is trading in the Tees Valley area
  • Has operated for at least one year
  • Has at least five employees
  • Has a turnover over £100,000 (based on pre-pandemic figures)
  • Has an aspiration to improve

Ideally, participants should also have the potential to scale up.

* To qualify as an SME, the company should satisfy two or more of the following requirements: not more than 250 employees, not more than £36 million turnover or not more that £18 million balance sheet total. (As defined by sections 382 and 465 of the Companies Act 2006).


Join now!

Applications are now open to join the second round of Peer Networks. Places will be limited for each cohort, register now to secure your place in an upcoming cohort.

If you would like to receive further information please complete the form and data and marketing consent sections below to join our database. 

Please note, hours of support will count towards your public sector support allowance under STS rules.

    I want to hear from Tees Valley Business about business support available through the Peer Networks Programme.


    You have given Tees Valley Business your contact details (name, address, email address, telephone number and business information) because you are interested in the Peer Networks Programme. Tees Valley Business will use your contact details to keep in touch about the programme.  We will not be using your personal data for any other marketing purposes or to send you general information about Tees Valley Business, Tees Valley Combined Authority or the Tees Valley Mayor.


    We will check the data you entered appears accurate and we will then contact you with relevant information about opportunities through the Peer Networks Programme.  We may pass your contact details and preferences to the wider partners that make up the Peer Networks Programme.  This information will only be shared for the purpose of letting you know about opportunities or in providing training and/or skills support through the Peer Networks programme. The partners are:

    These partners have the systems in place to properly protect the data we send them. You can find their individual privacy policies at the links given above. But all data shared as a result of your registration will only be processed as set out in this notice.


    We will keep the database for up to 12 months, at which time we may contact you to confirm whether or not you want us to continue to hold your contact details and send you information about the programme.  This is set out in our Data Retention Policy.


    You can ask us to stop contacting you about the Peer Networks Programme or ask us to delete your contact details from our database at any time. Simply email us at and we will delete your data within one week.

    We also include an unsubscribe link at the bottom of our e-marketing emails – you can use that link to opt out of receiving further email marketing about the Peer Networks Programme.


    Tees Valley Business takes data protection very seriously. Further information about how we collect, hold and delete data and information about your data rights and how to make a complaint can be found in our privacy notice at:



    Peer Networks is a national initiative that will be delivered locally in England through the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) network and their respective Growth Hubs. The Peer Networks Programme is funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in response to a commitment made in the 2019 Business Productivity Review.

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