Peer Group Networks

Business Leaders Come Together to Build Resilience and Wellness

Wellness has become front of mind to us all in the last 18 months. Living through a Pandemic has caused many of us to reconsider how we live our lives at home and at work.

In the autumn of 2020 until spring 2021 a group of Lancashire business owners and senior leaders came together for a pilot project designed to help them all to thrive and flourish. Sharing and helping each other to explore and build their resilience and wellness; navigating uncertain times, with elementas’s dedicated support. This learning was translated into their business life and personal lives to bring about some exceptional results.

The project is know as “Peer Networks” and part of 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 focused on resilience and wellness. As a provider of this support and I was both delighted and excited to work with great Lancashire businesses and organisations and experience the difference the project made to business leaders and their organisations. I am currently talking to interested participants wishing to join a potential new Autumn cohort (late September 2021 to March 2022). To be confirmed end August 2021. If you are looking to grow your business resilience and wellness, please get in touch 07715814833

Let the participants tell you what they thought below:

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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

More information about the elementas Resilience and Wellness Peer Network.

This bespoke programme is designed to help participants unpick, and understand the elements of Resilience and Wellness; and how this can be applied to their personal, work life and business . It takes a step by step, structured approach. People come together to form a network where they can learn from each other and share their experiences and wisdom. Everyone goes at their own pace to form a trustworthy environment. The sessions are backed up by 1:1 support. It’s a chance to:

  • 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
  • Develop awareness about yourself, your values, your motivations and to overcome your hurdles
  • Harness different ideas, skills and experiences, creativity, new ways of thinking from other sector leaders
  • Share stories, knowledge and common experiences
  • Practice fine-tuning your communication and listening skills to take back to work
  • Have fun!

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 learn to trust and draw upon your inner innate wisdom
  • Motivate and challenge each other to grow and keep strong
  • 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 you and your teams
  • Tap into higher levels of wellness, and build new resilience tools to thrive and flourish.

Delivery: The support is delivered through 8 group sessions (18 hours total) over 8 months, and an additional 3.5 hours of 1:1 Coaching or Business Mentoring personalised support. The last group were able to come together for a group session at Samlesbury Hall ( we hope to do two of these) 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, 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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