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Ever wondered how other businesses do it? Whether it’s building new partnerships or improving efficiency, connecting with fellow local businesses has numerous benefits, but reaching out can be daunting.

Business Lincolnshire’s Peer Networks programme is here to help. A peer-to-peer networking scheme for small-to-medium businesses (SMEs), the programme brings together local businesses like yours to share knowledge and talk through the common challenges you face, all while establishing useful connections that last.

Why should I connect with other local businesses?

The collaborative nature of the Peer Networks programme gives business leaders the opportunity to branch out and explore new ideas, as well as tackle obstacles from a new perspective. You’ll discover how to make the most out of the opportunities in front of you, helping your business to grow.

Led by an expert facilitator and grouped according to sector, the chance to work through common industry issues collaboratively can be invaluable. Businesses can utilise their collective knowledge like never before, producing innovative outcomes they may not otherwise have considered. 

Current cohorts include:

  • High growth
  • Manufacturing
  • General (including female entrepreneurs and family businesses)
  • Rural
  • Visitor economy
  • Charities
  • Health and care
  • Agriculture

Peer Networks helps you to branch out

How does peer support benefit my business?

It’s been proven that businesses who seek advice or undertake additional training are more likely to improve their long-term performance. However, many businesses prefer to use tried and tested methods from their peers. The Peer Networks programme helps businesses to establish useful connections and build long-lasting rapports with fellow leaders and decision-makers, not only strengthening these businesses, but the local economy too!

Am I eligible?

The Peer Networks programme is designed to support SMEs in Greater Lincolnshire and Rutland and have:

  • Been in operation for at least one year
  • At least five employees
  • A turnover of at least £100,000
  • The desire to learn and grow.

*For creative industry businesses, the number of employees can include associates. 

If you meet this criteria and would like to overcome challenges, grasp new opportunities and take your business to the next level, then you’re exactly the kind of business the Peer Networks programme is looking for!

Interested? Click here to find out more and get involved. 

Advanced engineering, manufacturing and logistics businesses in Greater Lincolnshire, with a particular focus on Boston, Grimsby and Scunthorpe, can benefit from a package of business support and funding worth over £300,000, thanks to a University of Lincoln growth accelerator programme funded by the ERDF.

The programme, which is part of a wider Productivity Programme aimed at SMEs across Greater Lincolnshire, will run until June 2023 and has two options: 12 hours free business support for any SME including start-ups, and an Accelerator programme.

Participants in the Accelerator programme, which is run online over eight weeks and takes three hours a week, receive support and advice from some the county’s best known business leaders and experts who will deliver workshops on everything from strategy to business planning and marketing.

At the end of the programme the businesses have the opportunity to pitch for funding of up to £10,000 to help them implement and fulfil their growth plans. The scheme is unique, with no other business support programme providing this type of grant funding.

The grants are aimed at SMEs

The Productivity HUBs Accelerator programme is aimed primarily at logistics, transport, advanced engineering and manufacturing businesses, with priority given to businesses in Boston, Grimsby and Scunthorpe.

With a couple of places left on its January 2022 programme, which starts on Wednesday 5th, the University is keen to hear from suitable businesses interested in taking part.

For more information and to apply, please visit www.productivityhubs.co.uk or call Gary Mumby on 07989 868 968 or email [email protected].

Following the completion of the £21 million Lincoln Medical School Building in March 2021, there has never been a better time for local students to pursue a career in medicine. 

The UTC sixth form provides a specialist curriculum, in partnership with the University of Lincoln, which builds the foundation for medical and biomedical degree courses. 

Kirsty Hickling, Head of Science at Lincoln UTC, said: “The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic was led by experts in medicine, highlighting the importance of encouraging this career path in our younger generation. 

“The Lincoln Medical School was established in 2018 with the aim of improving recruitment of doctors locally. The close connections between Lincoln UTC and the University of Lincoln provide our students with opportunities to build their subject knowledge and skills within state of the art laboratories, clinical and anatomy suites. This experience is invaluable for students aspiring to pursue a career in medicine.” 

Year 13 UTC student, Edward Pitts-Drake, is currently applying to study Paramedic Science at the University of Lincoln next year. 

Edward said: “I joined the UTC in 2018 because I was already focused on studying medicine in future. In August 2020 I achieved a combination of 8s and 9s in my GCSEs, and I am now completing A Levels in chemistry, physics, biology, and maths. 

“Studying at the UTC has given me the confidence to put my scientific knowledge into practice by volunteering with St John’s Ambulance Service. Alongside opportunities to visit the University laboratories, this experience has been vital in ensuring that my application stands out.”

Year 11 students can apply now to join the UTC sixth form next September. For more information visit www.lincolnutc.co.uk, email [email protected] or call 01522 775990. 

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