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If you are an early-stage business, or an aspiring individual with a great business idea, Boost’s Flying Start service can help you to grow. Aimed at leaders who have a bright and growing vision for their new business, the service focusses on building business and financial acumen and the core skills needed to establish a new business and drive sustainable growth.

Boost Flying Start business adviser Daniel Fenton, who has wide range of sales and marketing disciplines, talks about his role in supporting Lancashire businesses.

What motivated you to want to help other people in business and to become a business adviser?

The absence of bespoke business support I found available for micro-SMEs like mine, which ultimately stalled the growth of my first coaching business in 2020. That’s what motivated me to become a business adviser.

While I was lucky enough to secure some funded bookkeeping tuition to bolster my self-funded MFHA and NLP Master Practitioner training, finding an adviser that truly understood and cared about my business wasn’t an option unless I was willing the pay over £1,000 a month for a couple of hours’ time. 

This is often the situation for SMEs unless they are lucky enough to have already achieved certain growth metrics or deliver services in specific sectors.

Having provided business advice and coaching to sole traders and limited companies across England and Wales, my plan to solely focus on executive and performance coaching was replaced by desire to help others in a similar situation as I know a little support as the fledgling stages of a small business can deliver a larger impact on the local community and increase financial independence.

Why is Lancashire a great location for a business?

There is a real sense of community which can be utilised in a way which creates greater collaboration and growth. Boost is by far and away the best business growth hub I’ve come across and being part of it is what led me to relocate and move my business after 16+ years in central Manchester.

How do you like to start your working day?

As late as possible ideally as am often up late working on business plans and projects to support my business advice and coaching clients!

Once I’m up and swallowed enough supplements to make me rattle I do some calisthenics, have a protein and banana smoothie, check the news, and plan my support plans and conversations for the day ahead.

With a charity fight in July, mornings will start getting earlier and entail a run as I have the cardiovascular capability of someone that has worked from home since 2020 and didn’t utilise any of the COVID-19 sanctioned walks during or after lockdown.

What do you consider to be the greatest challenge for Lancashire businesses in the current economic climate?

Poor network links negatively impacting inward investment and the growth potential of the region. Many of the vibrant and diverse towns and cities across Lancashire are at times impossible to get to. Some areas have poor road infrastructure, with some residents struggling to drive across a small-town centre in less than half an hour. 

This limits social mobility and appreciation for the unique virtues Lancashire has to offer and sometimes results in bustling communities being left behind. 

What are your three top tips for anyone looking to start or grow a business?

  1. Ambition
  2. Aptitude
  3. Willingness to learn and shift perspective

About the author

Daniel Fenton Flying Start 400As a Flying Start business adviser, Daniel helps startups to understand and learn a wide range of sales and marketing disciplines including branding, digital marketing, pricing, sales pitches and social media.

Through Flying Start’s startup masterclasses and workshops, he also covers managerial skills including business development strategies, effective book-keeping and improving client engagement.

Daniel is participating in a charity boxing match at Preston North End on July 13, 2024, to raise funds for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) - a leading movement against suicide. To support Daniel please visit his JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/page/daniel-fenton-1710610780528 

If you’re looking to grow, scale or start your business, use Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. We offer a range of funded business support services. Call our Business Support Helpdesk on 0800 488 0057 to find out more or complete our enquiry form

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