Peer Group Networks

Business Leaders Come Together to Build Resilience and Wellness

For the last 5 months a group of Lancashire business owners and senior leaders have been coming together regularly, supporting each other to flourish together. They have been sharing and helping each other to build their resilience and wellness, navigating these uncertain times.

The project know as “Peer Networks” is a national business support programme funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and delivered locally by Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, elementas is a provider of this support and I been delighted and excited to deliver this support to some great Lancashire businesses and organisations. I am looking for new participants for a new cohort (May/ June 2021), please get in touch if you are interested but let the participants tell you what they thought:

“Having attended many training courses (large and small) and having delivered courses myself on numerous topics I thought Lou’s overall Sessions were excellent. Deeply thought provoking and practically helpful her unique style was very impressive throughout”  

Carl Bell Managing Director The Whitaker Museum + Art Gallery

Lancashire Leaders Coming Together – Image Samlesbury Hall (taken during Tier 3)

“Despite having been running my own business for 15 years I have never bothered with any form of networking or peer support. Having attended the Peer Support Group facilitated by Lou Booth I realise I was wrong to miss out! Thanks to Lou’s excellent input I have been working with a group of fellow business owners, sharing problems and receiving both suggested and actual help. Expertly guided by Lou the group has been so valuable in giving me support and encouragement I would, without hesitation recommend this to anyone.”

Mick Turner (Founder Sancus)

“Sharing stories on stressful situations and how to manage your stress levels was really helpful and supports the learning I am trying to bring to the organisation around wellness and resilience. It so easy to rush to advice giving or solution, yet Lou reminds us and empowers us to think differently using our coaching hats”  

Nicola (Senior Finance Leader Care Sector)

“Thanks for help … I can’t put it off now … already written loads of notes … you’ve been the push I needed.”

Cultural Sector Leader

“Thank you for this afternoon. To be honest I wasn’t looking forward to it at all and I was considering making an excuse not to come, but I actually enjoyed it very much.”  


More information about the elementas Resilience and Wellness Peer Network.

Focusing on Resilience and Wellness the elementas programme has been designed to help business owners and senior decision makers creating a structured, trustworthy environment so they can:

  • Be part of a safe space, where like-minded people can support each other through change and uncertainty
  • Tap into extra senior executive expertise and knowledge to help the individual and organisation solve problems and address challenges
  • Harness different ideas, skills and experiences, new ways of thinking from other sectors leaders
  • Share stories, knowledge and common experiences
  • Practice fine-tuning communication and listening skills.

Connecting and learning with others brings a sense of the spirit of friendship and community between the group. This sense of Camaraderie is an essential ingredient to help our business communities to thrive and flourish in tricky times. It is an opportunity to:

  • Find new perspectives and draw upon innate wisdom from within
  • Motivate and challenge each other to grow and keep strong
  • Focus on ways to build personal and professional skills to take back to the day job
  • Understand the science of stress and what you can do to minimise the impact of stress and burnout on yourself and your teams
  • Tap into higher levels of wellness, by building resilience tools to thrive and flourish.

Delivery: The support is delivered through 6-8 group sessions (18 hours total) over 6 months, and 2.5 hours 1:1 Coaching or Business Mentoring personalised support. We were able to meet for one group session at Samlesbury Hall and the rest was on zoom every 3 weeks late Wednesday afternoons. We had a WhatsApp group for informal support between sessions which helps build group moral, communication and connections.

Let’s build something special together.

For more information about future groups that start May/ June 2021, get in touch with Lou Booth 07715814833 

Peer Networks is for Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) leaders that want to improve their business resilience and reach their goals by working with likeminded leaders and addressing key challenges. 

In Lancashire, there are a series of Peer Networks cohorts, with each group consisting of 8-11 owners or managers from SME businesses. 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. Boost is Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. It is led by the Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and Lancashire County Council and supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). 

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

  • Operated for at least one year 
  • At least five employees* (check for current guidance)
  • A turnover of at least £100,000** (creative industries exception)
  • An aspiration to improve 

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