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NWAA have for the last six months been working closely with a group of Collaborative Lancashire based SME’s as part of our Peer Network Programme. The Workshops started in October 2020 and the ninth and final workshop was held last week. The two-hour workshops were themed around three key areas of interest – Sales & Marketing, Leadership and Organisational Culture and Industry 4.0 / Digitalisation.

NWAA have been running the Workshops in Collaboration with three Subject Matter Experts:  AMRC NW, Biskit Ltd and Burnley College. NWAA are very grateful for the support each of these organisations have provided that have enabled us to deliver a well-received Workshop support Programme for Lancashire Aerospace SME’s.

The key element of a Peer Network is companies coming together to share their real-world experiences on the topics of interest being shared by the facilitators. The companies who have come together for this particular Cohort include A&G Precision, Addison Engineering, ELE Advanced Technologies, Forsberg Services, Graham Engineering, PDS Engineering, Redthorn Systems, Rinicom, System Loco, T&R Precision and Velocity Composites.

The Workshops have encouraged discussion and shared learning amongst Companies around their different approaches to ensuring sustainability and future growth during the significant twin challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic and Brexit that we all face in the current environment. As a result of the Network the participants have developed strong relationships that have grown from one session to the next. This has enabled the attendees to be more open in their discussions and share valuable experience and learning points amongst each other.

The Aerospace Adapting for a changing landscape Cohort has been delivered through Lancashire Boost, which 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.

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