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Meet the Boost team: Gill Nolan

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Whether you’re starting a new business, in the early stages, looking to scale up an established business or simply looking for some great business support, the Boost Business Advice team can help.

Today Gill Nolan, a specialist in corporate business lending and business development, talks about her role in supporting Lancashire businesses.

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

Having had a successful banking career, I felt that the move towards working in business support would use my problem solving, communication and numeracy skills to help businesses to reach their full potential. 

Who has been your biggest business inspiration and why? 

When I was working for HSBC in Nottingham, I worked with a senior manager who was an advocate for delivering the best possible client support for all businesses, whether they be small, medium, large, successful, growing or not. 

Why is Lancashire a great location for a business? 

Lancashire is an ideal location to reach national and international markets. We are linked by six major motorways, have hard working, warm and friendly inclusive communities and there is certainly a sense of pride in our region.

How do you like to start your working day? 

My day starts with a large mug of black coffee while I sift through my emails and allow time for reflection on my achievements of the previous day. This gives me a clear head when I leave home for my meetings and appointments. 

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

When visiting businesses, I always discuss their greatest challenges and opportunities. Without a doubt, the three greatest challenges at present are finance, marketing and recruitment. Opportunities tend to be more bespoke to the individual business but are many and varied, with lots of potential for growth and expansion in the area. 

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

1. Planning: The old adage, fail to plan, plan to fail. Set definitive goals.

2. Prioritise customers: Customer service is one of the core values of a business. Loyal customers will share their trust.

3. Establish a strong cash flow: That way your business will thrive, ensuring that staff and operating costs are covered.

About the author

Gill NolanGill has spent over 15 years in business support and has a solid foundation working on North West programmes from managing grant funds, accessing funding and offering mentoring as well as advising on business support and knows the region very well. She formerly achieved success in banking where she specialised in corporate business lending and business development as well as managing teams. 

Gill has a strong track record in sales, marketing and growth and understands the challenges that businesses experience. 

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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