Northern Power Women to deliver Government-backed Peer Networks Initiative in Lancashire

Northern Power Women has been appointed by Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, to help Lancashire’s businesses overcome challenges, build a trusted network and improve their performance through a funded programme of targeted knowledge sharing.


Peer Networks is a national programme for SME leaders that want to work with like minded business leaders to address key challenges and reach their goals. It will run from September 2021 to March 2022 and follows a successful pilot programme which ended in March this year and supported more than 320 Lancashire businesses.


Andrew Leeming, programme manager, Boost, said: “Our Peer Networks pilot, which took place last year, helped more than 320 Lancashire business leaders at a critical time in the county’s recovery from coronavirus.


“We’re proud to announce that Peer Networks will be returning so that we can support a whole new group of business owners and managers to work together to address key issues, support each other and develop their business.


“Northern Power Women is one of the 17 expert organisations we have chosen to help us deliver this exciting programme.”


Peer Networks is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in response to a commitment made in the 2019 Business Productivity Review.It is being led in Lancashire by Boost, Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub.


It will create a range of diverse peer-to-peer networking cohorts of 8-11 businesses in a range of sectors across Lancashire.Peer Networks is delivered through a series of high impact group sessions, with each cohort led by an expert facilitator.


The programme includes interactive action learning, small groups, flexible topic selection and one to one coaching. Cohorts will cover areas of business including finance, HR, sales and marketing.


It is available to any small or medium sized business that has:

  • Operated for at least one year
  • At least five 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


Companies who are interested in taking part in the Northern Power Women cohort should contact