Don’t miss out on business mentoring and network opportunities for ethnically diverse professionals

Thursday, March 23, 2023

It’s not too late to sign up for the transformative Peer Network for Ethnically Diverse Professionals, a fully-funded programme offered by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to take your professional growth to the next level.

Our local community of ethnically diverse business owners, decision makers and second-tier managers are invited to join the LEP’s exciting new peer networking programme, which starts on 9 May 2023. 

Those who join the free programme can talk about their experiences, learn from others, and build new relationships that can help them improve their work and make new connections. All of this can help them become better at their jobs and be more productive. 

The Solent LEP’s Chair, and Equality and Diversity Champion, Rachael Randall said: “I encourage decision makers from ethnically diverse communities in the Solent – this could be a team leader, manager, or business owner – to join this exciting new programme designed to build a trusted network of connections and improve their personal and business performance. 

“Participants will be encouraged to consider situations from different perspectives to increase productivity and will get help in implementing change. 

"This is an excellent opportunity to connect with people from similar backgrounds, who may have encountered comparable challenges as professionals in Solent-based businesses. They’ll be able to discuss their experiences with trusted peers, working in small groups on common business issues to implement workable solutions. 

“If you would benefit from this peer networking opportunity, please register with us online. The start date is 9 May, so don’t miss out.” 

Open to local decision-makers from businesses with a turnover of more than £1m, the programme is free to participants and delivered through a partnership between the Solent LEP, Barclays, and Menzies LLP. It will be conducted through a mixture of face-to-face and online peer group sessions with 12 participants from the ethnically diverse business community.  

Phil Wright, from Menzies, said: “It’s always interesting to understand the complexity of different businesses and the passion and drive of the people making it a success. That’s what makes our job so rewarding and why we are proud to work alongside Solent LEP and Barclays as part of the Peer Network for Ethnically Diverse Professionals.  

“We are looking forward to supporting business owners wherever we can, helping them to exceed their business goals and aspirations.” 

Mark Stuckey, from Barclays, said: “We’re committed to enhancing social inclusion in our communities, so are delighted to be working in partnership with the Solent LEP and Menzies to connect ethnically diverse local business leaders, learn from shared experiences and support their businesses to thrive.” 

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Paige Burt