A FREE Government sponsored programme is helping small and medium businesses (SMEs) in Sefton as they try to recover from the effects of the pandemic.
Peer Networks is organised by BEIS (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) and Ai Change Management is one of a number of organisations appointed to run the Peer Networks programme within the Liverpool City Region.
Ai Change Management ran a pilot of the Peer Networks programme earlier this year and among the people who have been helped is a shopkeeper in Birkdale village.
Penny Bennett who runs Sitting Pretty salon in Birkdale Village, said: “During lockdown along with so many small business owners, it was a challenge to focus on ways to develop your business once restrictions were lifted. I joined the Peer network support group and found the regular communications with other business owners beneficial both from a practical and emotional support point of view.
“I have found friendships within the network and the ability to share challenges and ideas was extremely helpful. Running a small business can be lonely at times, so having the ability to bounce ideas with like minded individuals was invaluable. Whilst business owners may have slight slants on their challenges, clearly there are many common issues, and building on others experiences can be productive and assist with ideas in moving forward.
“The network consisted of business owners in the Liverpool region from a wide variety of businesses, none were in direct competition so everyone spoke freely about their challenges and a variety of solutions were offered to us all plus we had the support of Peter and the team from Ai Change.”
Ai Change Management are looking for businesses in the Southport/Sefton/North Liverpool areas to take part in the forthcoming programme.
Peter Lawrence, from Ai Change Management said: “Ai Change Management are a team of experienced business change practitioners, helping businesses to grow.
“We are currently recruiting participants to join our Peer Network programme which is free for those who have pre Covid turnover of £100k + and 5 or more staff.
“If you would like to discuss the opportunity please contact email@example.com of phone 07527 816616.
“Further details can be found at https://ai-cm.co.uk/peer-networks/”