Access funded support to grow your business

Time is running out for your business to benefit from two excellent business support programmes you could be eligible for, which are both funded through the public sector and endorsed by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

Boost Business Lancashire

Launched in April 2013, Boost Business Lancashire is a £7.2 million initiative offering growth-hungry businesses a range of exclusive programmes that are funded through the European Regional Development Fund. All of the programmes are 100% funded (free for eligible businesses), with the exception of GrowthAccelerator, which is partially funded

Boost’s support can help ambitious companies formulate and deliver growth strategies by providing: access to relevant grants and funding; mentoring and coaching from experienced business people; networking opportunities with like-minded businesses; skills development for leaders within the company and expert advice on developing new products and accessing new markets in the UK and overseas.

By utilising the support you can deliver sustainable turnover growth, create new jobs, boost profits, build networks with other companies and develop high-performing leadership teams. As well as the support available direct from Boost their advisors can recommend other relevant funded support schemes based on the individual requirements of your business.

Identifying what national and local government support is available and suitable for your business can be a complex process – Boost makes this process simpler for Lancashire businesses.

Lancashire Skills Support for the Workforce (LSS)

If someone offered to pay for high quality, accredited training for your workforce, would you be interested? That’s exactly what the Lancashire Skills Support for the Workforce (LSS) programme is offering.

Launched in September 2014, the £5.6m European Social Fund backed programme will be delivered by some of the county’s leading further education and training providers. Hundreds of accredited college courses and qualifications from basic skills up to and including level 4 are available to employees, along with specialist sector courses provided by other niche training providers.

LSS has been brought to fruition to help businesses upskill their workforce and supports the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s aim of making Lancashire the place for growth.

How to access the support:

Both programmes have specific timescales. The first stage of the Boost initiative ends in June 2015, and LSS in July 2015. Uptake of both programmes has been good and funds / places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Be quick!

If you have already benefited from both programmes, maybe you could recommend the support to another business?

If you haven’t, the next steps are easy. Simply call the Boost support number 0800 488 0057, where an adviser can guide you on the next steps.

Alternatively, visit the websites www.boostbusinesslancashire.co.uk and www.lancashireskillssupport.co.uk for further information and to apply online.

Please note: eligibility criteria apply to both programmes. Details are on the respective websites.