Blackburn with Darwen Council has a dedicated business team which offers support, advice and funding to companies looking to grow within the Borough. The team proactively seek to engage with all businesses in the Borough to encourage investment and job creation. The business team have been successful in supporting business growth and town centre regeneration through the Assistance to Industry funding programme, which provides grant assistance to companies investing and growing in the town. The team are also key stakeholders in The Hive; a business leaders network of nearly 300 businesses based in Blackburn which seeks to promote the town as a place to live, work and invest.
What one top tip would you give to a business owner embarking on a growth plan?
Seek advice as there is a wealth of knowledge out there for free to help your business thrive and grow. This ranges from new start support, funding advice, export support, R&D expertise and access to training to name a few.
Why is Lancashire a great place to grow a business?
Lancashire is one of the most innovative places in the country, with a huge hub for aerospace and advanced manufacturing which is globally recognised. The county has a fantastic work ethic and a reputation for getting things done. It connects easily to the rest of the country being centrally located in the mainland UK with access to major international air and sea ports. The county also provides some of the best value commercial property in the country and is home to two world renowned Universities. All this against the backdrop of some of the most stunning countryside in the UK.
Why are you backing Boost Business Lancashire?
Boost Business Lancashire is a convenient single point of contact for businesses of all sizes, designed specifically to target the areas where businesses can grow. This includes business mentoring, advice on accessing funding, trading internationally or accessing academic support for new product development – all fully funded.