THE bosses of small and medium-sized Lancashire family businesses leaders have been invited to join a new free Peer Network Programme.

It will provide advice on navigating the changing world of work and preparing for the future after coronavirus.

Organised by Blackburn-based recruitment experts Cummins Mellor it is paid for by the government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The sessions will focus on leadership, culture, technology, people, business development, finance and marketing after Covid-19.

Michelle Mellor, chief executive of Cummins Mellor, said: “Many businesses are facing significant challenges or opportunities right now.

"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.

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

Ms Mellor will lead the programme of 18 hours of group peer sessions and up to 3.5 hours of one-to-one coaching and mentoring for each leader.

The programme is open to any Lancashire business employing at least five people, which has been operating for more than 12 months and has an annual turnover of at least £10,000.