New network helps entrepreneurs learn from each other

A new offline network is allowing entrepreneurs to share strategy advice and contacts with peers from different sectors.

The Entrepreneurs Board teams up 12 or so business owners once a month and promises ‘experiential learning gained from leaders talking to leaders’. It’s a branch-off of the Academy for Chief Executives, which has been running the same peer-to-peer learning model with success.

We were with the guys there last night as they announced a batch of new research. One in five people think peer groups are the best way of learning, the survey of 2,000 members of the public showed. And, encouragingly, it found four in ten people plan to run their own business in the future. 28% think entrepreneurs are going to have the most positive effect on the economy, compared with 24% who placed their faith instead in the government.

We wish the Entrepreneurs Board, supported by startup-specialist accountancy Smith & Williamson and media providers Fresh Business Thinking, the best of luck. Entrepreneurs do learn best from each other – that’s the whole ethos behind Smarta. So it’s great to see other groups facilitating this too.

If you’d like to become a member of the Entrepreneur’s Board, email or call 0870 228 3369. It’ll cost you £300 a month, which is a lot less than a non-executive director, as one of the Board’s founders pointed out last night. You may also qualify for a Train to Gain grant that’ll reduce that price.

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