Branduin deliver Herts Chamber’s Peer Networks Programme


Over the past five months West London Business member Branduin Business Support Ltd, in partnership with Herts Chamber of Commerce, have successfully delivered the national Peer Networks programme in Hertfordshire.

One of the reasons Branduin joined Herts Chamber was the Chamber’s outstanding reputation for supporting their members through breakfast/lunch talks, seminars and conferences with a wide variety of partners and Herts based businesses: events going into early 2020 were very successful and the opportunity to provide support through quality assured Branduin advisers was high on the agenda of both Branduin and the Chamber.

Then came Covid-19…if ever there was a reason to be a member of Herts Chamber this was it! Who was to know that only a few months later the pandemic would
take a grip over business activity and change the business support landscape so dramatically?

The commitment by the Chamber team to arrange events – now over the internet rather than face-to-face – was second to none and Branduin were delighted to participate in providing content for webinars and confidential 1:1 business clinics that were an integral part of the effort being made by the Chamber CEO
Briege Leahy and her fantastic team.

In the autumn of 2020 came news that the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy were sponsoring a major national business support programme known as Peer Networks. The Growth Hub and LEP awarded the contract to Herts Chamber, who subsequently appointed Branduin as the Delivery Partner to facilitate the programme from October 2020 to March 2021. Within a few weeks, Branduin quickly onboarded 100+ businesses with dedicated assistance from Herts Chamber, and our experienced and trained Branduin Facilitators hit the ground running in late-Oct.

In all, ten cohorts of businesses joined the programme for a series of Action Learning group meetings plus 3.5 hours of individual 1:1 advice sessions. The feedback received to date is very positive and participating businesses have clearly benefited from the support and advice provided by Branduin advisors who facilitated and delivered the programme. Nigel Grant, Branduin’s Hertfordshire Regional Co-Ordinator said ‘Whilst the circumstances were unusual, we were able to show how we had quickly pivoted our forms of delivery to online so that the knowledge and experience of our facilitators came through for the benefit
of all concerned. It has been a pleasure working with Herts Chamber on this and other programmes during 2020/21.’

In addition to the above, Branduin also have two key products in GOALMapper™ – a Business Recovery and Regeneration Programme, and Fit To Bid™ – which helps SMEs to Win More Contracts by developing their supply-chain capability, enhancing bidding skills, and connecting with Tier-1 & Tier-2 Suppliers, Local Authorities, infrastructure projects and transit hubs.

For further information please visit Branduin Business Support here