Sara’s Blog: Peer Network – and tier two measures for Staffordshire

In partnership with Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), we are launching a brand-new programme which will connect top business leaders from the county to help our economy recover and to drive it forwards.

The Peer Network, as it is known, will address issues such as the current business challenges brought about by the Covid19 pandemic, the end of the Transition period, move towards net zero carbon economy as well as ongoing issues ranging from growth strategies, HR, change management, innovation, succession and planning – all with the aim of helping your business, improving the region’s business landscape and driving prosperity.

Everyone completing the programme will be invited to an exclusive talk on ‘Teamship’ from England’s Rugby World Cup winning coach, Sir Clive Woodward in March 2021which will dovetail with the 2021 Staffordshire Chambers Business Festival.

The Peer Network provides a great opportunity for business leaders to learn from each other and get great support and hints and tips on dealing with the challenges facing us all – and especially those who have drive and ambition to grow their companies.

Participants will be put into small groups of about 15 people and will meet to discuss strategic and operational challenges and work together to find practical solutions.

The programme is fully funded with a minimum commitment of 21.5 hours from each participant delivered over five network meetings, each lasting three hours, every two weeks from early November and will be facilitated by an experienced business consultant. And it’s all confidential. Anyone interested in joining the scheme can register at: or for more information call Matt Hustwit on 01782 202222 or email

When moving on is not a good thing……. as you will know Staffordshire is set to join Stoke-on-Trent in Tier Two (high alert). Whilst we fully support any effort to slow the spread of Covid19, this is yet another blow to business, in particular the hospitality sector.

The Chambers is here to support businesses in any way we can, bringing you the latest developments and continuing to lobby government through the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) to provide clear guidance and a plan for further support for business as the pandemic continues.

If you have any concerns or questions about the new measures and what it means for business, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing:

If you want to talk to us about any business issues, you can call our switchboard on 01782 202222 or call the Stoke and Staffs Growth Hub Helpline on 0300 111 8002 or email

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