Business, Latest News | Posted: Friday, October 2nd, 2020 at 11:24 am | return to news

Dorset Chamber to give businesses a helping hand

Now more than ever there is a need for small and medium businesses to grow.

Ian Girling, Dorset Chamber chief executive
Ian Girling, Dorset Chamber chief executive

With this in mind Dorset Chamber has launched the Peer Networks Programme which will bring directors and senior managers from SMEs together in small groups for a series of sessions over the next six months.

Their ‘peer to peer’ meetings will focus on such themes as leadership, growth, financial management, business resilience, technology and marketing.

Dorset Chamber won a competitive tender to deliver the initiative for the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Chamber chief executive Ian Girling said, “This new programme will equip SME directors and senior managers with the skills they need for their businesses to survive and grow.

“But it will also give them a trusted network of peers with whom they can share experiences and expert knowledge, learn with and rely upon for support and advice to overcome business challenges.

“The Covid pandemic has shown that it has never been more important to adapt and seek solutions together so this inspirational programme comes just when our business leaders need it the most.”

Places on the programme are free. It is open to any SME which has operated for at least one year, has five employees or more, has a turnover of at least £100,000 plus and has an aspiration to improve business output and boost exports.

Dorset Chamber will operate six groups of 10 people with an experienced facilitator for each cohort.

Respected experts in their field will give presentations at each session, held every two to three weeks with guided exercises.

Dorset LEP has chosen the Chamber as one of three organisations to deliver the programme, which begins in October and runs until March 2021.

Contact the Business Gateway on 01202 714800, email or visit for more details and to apply.

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