Funded growth support available for Lancashire businesses

Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, is helping the county’s businesses, from start-ups to large companies, to access fully-funded business support in areas such as mentoring, product development, leadership development, and raising growth finance.

Boost has already helped over 2,400 Lancashire businesses to grow, and now they are aiming to improve on this. In November, leading figures from Lancashire’s business community joined Boost to launch the #GrowingLancashire campaign to grow the county’s economy by £50m by 2018 by:

· Supporting 4,118 businesses
· Creating 2,891 new jobs
· Helping establish 699 new businesses

“The #GrowingLancashire initiative will help growth-hungry companies to scale-up and maximise the incredible commercial opportunities Lancashire is generating.”
Edwin Booth, Lancashire Enterprise Partnership

“We want to create an environment where businesses find the right support, through robust and engaging partnerships, to match their ambition and plans for the future.”
Jennifer Mein, Lancashire County Council.

Business support programmes available from Boost includes:

· Growth Support Programme – specialist masterclasses and ongoing coaching for startup businesses and businesses trading for less than three years.
· Growth Mentoring – support from an experienced business person who will help you tackle the challenges that you are facing in growing your business.
· Propel 2 Grow – working with business owners and managers to identify their growth barriers (in areas like people management, sales and marketing, operations, productivity and creativity) and delivering specialist support to overcome these.
· UCLan Innovation Clinic – supporting Lancashire businesses to innovate and grow through the development of new to firm and new to market products.
· Access to Finance – helping ambitious Lancashire businesses to identify and raise suitable growth finance from a range of sources.
· Growth Vouchers – financial support of c. £2,500 to help Lancashire businesses access specialist private sector support to accelerate their growth.

For more information about any of these business support programmes, or to apply, visit www.boostbusinesslancashire.co.uk or call 0800 488 0057 to speak to one of Boost’s business advisers.

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