Growth Peer Network

Growth Peer Network

Join this group to overcome business challenges and recognise and act on new opportunities



Businesses that seek advice are more likely to improve their overall performance. Many prefer to take advice from trusted sources, such as fellow business owners, who may have experienced similar challenges and pursued similar opportunities.

Peer Networks is tailor-made to bring cohorts of up to 11 SME owners together for you to work with to build your businesses together. Delivered locally by OxLEP Business, we are creating a diverse group of individuals to collaboratively work through common business issues. Through interactive action learning, we will enable you to discuss your own challenges, gain and reflect on valuable feedback, implement practical solutions to overcome them and gain inspiration and motivation to grow.

Our expert facilitator will give you the opportunity to create a trusted support network that works for you, helping you to build and strengthen your business and improve its overall performance.


• You must be an Oxfordshire business, established and trading for 12 months+

• An ambition for growth or innovation

• Must be able to commit to all the sessions

The group will meet fortnightly on zoom on Tuesdays between 5pm and 7pm (14 Nov,

28 Nov, 12 Dec, 09 Jan, 23 Jan, 06 Feb, 20 Feb and 05 March)

Your Facilitator

Paula Nickson is a business innovator specialising in using professional coaching to unlock the potential in people and their businesses. Her career features leadership in public, corporate, SME and 3rd sector organisations including being CEO of a successful social enterprise. Paula’s clients are leaders in multiple sectors of business. They range from small to large enterprises and from brand new to fully established companies. What they all have in common is an appetite to move forwards, with clear energetic, integrity.

Paula has been coaching in her various roles over the past 20 years and has been practicing as an independent professional coach (ICF approved certification) since 2015.

Minimal Financial Assistance (MFA) scheme

The Growth Hub programme operates a Minimal Financial Assistance (MFA) scheme. All SMEs which receive support under this programme are being aided under the UK Subsidy Control Act (2022) and The Subsidy Control (Gross Cash Amount and Gross Cash Equivalent) Regulations (2022 No. 1186).

MFA allows a beneficiary to receive up to £315,000 of Subsidy over a three-fiscal year period (i.e. the current and previous two fiscal years). The value of MFA given is the gross cash amount or the gross cash equivalent of the subsidy. The maximum MFA value of this event if all sessions are attended is £6507.