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Boost Q&A: Phil Barnard, DA Techs Ltd

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Phil Barnard is the operations director at DA Techs Ltd, which provides premium vehicle servicing including alloy refurbishment, bodywork and tyres for the automotive industry. The business services clients across the North West from its head office in Adlington, Lancashire, and further locations in Winsford, Trafford Park and Colchester.

Phil joined Boost's Growth Mentoring programme at the start of 2023 and has taken part in Lancashire County Council's Two Zero Scaleup Leaders Network. DA Techs was also introduced to several other support programmes including the Manufacturing Growth Fund and Innovate UK and the received a business loan to help with expansion plans from Rosebud Business Finance, through an introduction from Access to Finance Lancashire. Phil shares his business inspirations, discusses the Boost support he received and why Lancashire is a great place to do business.

What support did you receive from Boost and how has it helped you and your business?

We had a number of face-to-face meetings with Boost business advisor Sue Denver, who put us in touch with a peer-to-peer development programme, a manufacturing excellence programme, an innovation programme and put us in touch with specialist legal advice from her network.

What piece of advice stood out the most during your Boost support?

That we should talk to Innovate UK – we would never have known to do so. We are hopeful that we can really advance our innovation with their support, which we really turbocharge our growth as a business.

Who has been your biggest business inspiration and why?

My old boss – he was a great leader and person: supportive, measured and consistent and gave you the space to do your job!

What motivates you in business and why?

I really enjoy turning a “nothing” into a “something”!

How do you like to start your working day?

With a cup of coffee, clear my messages and emails and crack on with my to-do list.

Why is Lancashire a great location for a business?

It is generally a great connected place with plenty of vibrant towns. There is a great ecosystem of business support, from Chorley Council, Lancashire County Council, and Boost and more, offering lots of things businesswise such as funding, advice and development

What would you say to someone who is considering using Boost?

Put an hour aside and invite your local Boost adviser down for a coffee, and see what benefits they can share with you.

What is your advice for anyone looking to grow a business?

Keep a close eye on your financials, growth costs money and it all needs doing in a structured way – partner with a good accountant!

Boost is helping Lancashire businesses. We have a range of funded support programmes and a team of business advisers you can talk to. To speak to someone from the Growth Hub about business support, contact Boost online or call 0800 488 0057.

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