Peer Networks


Whether it is business disruption, staffing issues, a change in customer needs or a host of other issues affecting your social enterprise, Selnet understands that you are facing some of the biggest business challenges.

In some cases, it’s a challenge just to make ends meet. We’re here to help.

Selnet was excited to be rolling out a national networking programme for social enterprise leaders in Lancashire that want to maintain and develop their organisation for future success.


Start Planning For The Future

Starting in early 2021, this intensive programme took 18 hours over 8 weeks (government funded so no cost to the businesses). Together social enterprise leaders in Lancashire learnt from each other’s shared experiences as a Peer Network.

Each group consisted of 8-to-10 business leaders led by an experienced facilitator. In addition, there was bespoke business support for organisations and a series of masterclasses to learn new skills.

The Programme supported participants to:

  • Overcome business challenges and act on new opportunities
  • Build a trusted network of connections for support now and in the future
  • Improve long-term personal and business performance
  • Consider ways to increase turnover and social impact
  • Use the Peer Network to help overcome challenges or make changes in your social enterprise

Not placed in a group with any direct competitors, participants could openly share their expertise and benefit from others, without fear of compromising their competitive advantages.

This was not formal management or skills training it provided personal development focus with flexible topics worked though with the help of a professional facilitator and in small groups of likeminded social enterprise leaders in a similar situation.



Group 1
Wednesday mornings starting Wednesday 10th February then 24th Feb and 3rd 17th and 24th March (Additional project activity will be planned around your schedule)

Group 2
Friday afternoons starting Friday 12th February then 26th Feb and 5th 19th and 26th March (Additional project activity will be planned around your schedule)

Who Is It For?
This support is for anyone working in the social enterprise sector in Lancashire. Leaders now – and leaders of the future.

The agenda is set by the group. The context is supporting each other to develop new ways of working and building knowledge and skills to expand your organisation’s impact.


Why Take Part?

Participating in a peer group can help participants gain fresh perspectives, inspire new ideas and change habits of thinking. It helped form new contacts, built networks and gained valuable professional and personal support from a team of like-minded peers. The group was a place to try out new ideas before they were fully formed, and to share difficulties as well as celebrate successes.


Participate in Peer Networks

Participating social enterprises should have a trading address within the Lancashire LEP area and have:

*SMEs that do not meet this criteria due to Covid-19, but did meet the criteria during the 12 months prior to March 2020 are also eligible


If you have any questions about this programme email Yvette Holden on



The programme was jointly funded by BEIS and Lancashire County Council



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