Chorley Council has a dedicated economic development team who undertake a range of activities to help develop a strong local economy, which is one of the Council’s key strategic priorities. This ranges from delivery of an economic strategy for the Borough to a hands-on support role for assisting new business start-ups.
In particular, the team has two dedicated business advisors whose roles are focused on supporting business start-ups and intensively assisting existing businesses who have aspirations to grow. This support extends to financial assistance, with the Council providing start-up grants and loans; capital grants to existing businesses and a ‘Choose Chorley’ inward investment grant to relocating companies.
In addition, given Chorley’s strong market town heritage, support for retail businesses in the town centre is also a key part of the economic development support on offer. Shop front and shop floor grants are available, which contribute to creating a vibrant town centre, with a thriving market and aspirations to develop the town centre retail offer even further.
What one top tip would you give to a business owner embarking on a growth plan?
Know where you have come from, where you are now, and where you want to be. Then plan accordingly to achieve your growth ambition. Have clear targets and make sure that everything you do is contributing towards their attainment. Ask yourself the question “Is what I am doing contributing to achieving my goal?” if the answer is No, don’t do it.
Why is Lancashire a great place to grow a business?
The wide and varied range of support services to businesses in Lancashire all contribute to making Lancashire a great place to grow a business. With strong roots in industrial manufacturing and a new growth in the hi-tech and aerospace sectors there are many and varied opportunities.
Why are you backing Boost?
We are committed to providing a comprehensive, locally provided business support offering and we feel that it is important that we can simplify access to a wider range of support services for our customers. Boost offers a way that we can continue to be engaged with the wider picture and make sure that Chorley businesses benefit where they can.