Peer Networks programme

Many businesses are currently facing significant challenges or opportunities.

We know the future world of work looks increasingly different every day, as we continue operating and leading our businesses alongside the important decision making needed over the coming months. The good news is, you don’t need to navigate this journey alone.

The Cummins Mellor Family of Businesses have been invited to deliver a fully funded, pioneering Peer Network Programme for SME business leaders in Lancashire.

Designed for SME directors and senior managers, the programme focuses on navigating the changing world of work in response to COVID-19 and its impact on;

Leadership | Culture | Technology | People | Business Development | Finance | Marketing

It’s a dynamic and exciting opportunity for a small, select group of passionate business leaders to come together in a trusted space to gain perspective, collaborate, share expertise and ideas to uncover valuable solutions for the road ahead.

Places are limited and we would love you to be involved!

Register your interest

Business leaders working together

Collaboration is key to unlocking innovation and success.

Business peers will set the agenda to drive action in regular sessions, facilitated and tailored to focus on specific needs, including wider issues that may be affecting a sector, locality or business model.

There’s no catch…all we need is your presence, experience, thought leadership and ideas bringing to the table to help propel new strategies.


Identify practical solutions

2-3 hour sessions with fellow business leaders to consider and overcome challenges and opportunities from a different perspective.

Expert one-stop-shop

Business advice shared together to gain and shape expertise in all areas of running a business such as; people, productivity, profitability, cashflow, finance, HR, leadership, growth & business resilience.

A trusted expert network

Build a trusted network of connections who play to their key strengths to support you now and in the future.

Challenge assumptions

Difficulties often lie not so much in developing new ideas as escaping from old ones. Challenge assumptions previously treated as fact to take forward and action.

Extract insight & learning

Every business and leader has a fascinating and unique story which takes on new life when the central facts are subject to questions like Who-What-Where-When and How.

See the bigger picture

To better navigate a world of accelerated change and uncertainty, you'll benefit from trusted relationships to help look around dark corners and anticipate risk and reward.


Explore and seek new and different ways to succeed. Implement and execute by learning from a range of peer proven delivery and strategy business models different businesses and sectors use.

Personal development - you are key!

Just by being away from the 'day to day' for a few hours allows you to see what else is out there, gain clarity and take dedicated time for you and your learning.

One to one mentoring

Up to 3.5 hours of one to one support with a business coach to achieve clarity and link your personal and professional goals for business and life success.

All this as well as having FUN!

We're sure you'll find the humour in situations, and in each other! As well as being substantive and business focused, it’s important to make it fun!

Invest in you

Your personal development is essential to business success.

The programme will give you the chance to step away for a few hours and spend valuable time with an experienced coach, mentor and business consultant to help realign and better understand: Your Why. Your Purpose. Yourself. Your future.

The Peer Programme will be the most important 20 hours of learning and personal development investment we will make together this year.

Want to be part of it?

Has your business been operating for more than 1 year?
Do you have at least 5 employees?
Are you aspiring to grow your business?
Do you have a turnover of at least £100,000?
Is your trading address in the Lancashire area?

If you answered ‘YES’ to all of those questions, you’ll find the help you need in our Peer Networks Programme!

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Michelle Mellor - Facilitator & Lead Coach

Michelle is co-founder & owner of the Cummins Mellor Family of Businesses. As well as setting up and operating a number of successful ventures in her 30+ years in business, Michelle is also a trained NLP Practitioner and Coach, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and Non-Executive Board Director of the UK Recruitment & Employment Confederation. Michelle will guide you through the programme as well as offering you one-to-one business coaching. Michelle will be on hand to facilitate each session, joined by the relevant experts in her team to ensure you get the most from your Peer Networks Programme.

Find out more about Michelle

We would love to have you on board!

We’re happy to speak to anybody who has interest in joining our Peer Networks Programme.

If you want to find out more before you sign up, call us on 01254 239363

About Peer Networks

Cummins Mellor has been appointed by Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, to deliver Peer Networks, a national business support programme for Lancashire businesses.

Peer Networks is for SME 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.

Cummins Mellor is delivering Peer Networks: ‘Peer Power’, designed to help business leaders to navigate the future world of work.

This is delivered through a series of high impact group sessions, with each cohort led by an expert facilitator.

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).

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.

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

– Operated for at least one year
– At least five employees
– A turnover of at least £100,000
– An aspiration to improve

Register your interest