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Meet the Boost team: Joe Twigg

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If you are an ambitious business leader who wants to scaleup and push ahead on innovation, investment, and internationalisation, Boost’s Scale to Thrive service can help you to scale. 

Support is available for businesses with a minimum turnover of £1m and/or 10 full time staff, that have been expanding over the past three years (or already growing 20%) with a pipeline of 20% growth over next three years. It is also available to startup businesses showing rapid growth in the first year with future projections to scale.

Boost’s Scale to Thrive business adviser Joe Twigg, a specialist in operations and transformational change, 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?

Coming from a founder/operator background and learning lessons the hard way made me want to help sooth the growing pains of other businesses and their staff. It can be so hard to get objective, well-informed advice when running a business and that’s exactly what the Scale to Thrive service is.

Who has been your biggest business inspiration and why?

Tony Bolland, one of our investors, he still has the same passion for products and scaling and as he did 20 years ago. You can see from a mile away why he’s done well. Never-ending positive belief and energy.

Why is Lancashire a great location for a business?

Lancashire is a great place for a many things, living, education, leisure and commerce. We just need more people to know about it and fuel the growth we are already seeing pay off.

How do you like to start your working day?

My days always start with one or two baby monitors as alarm clocks. Then a simple breakfast, coffee and rolled oats, and I always have something sweet. I love the fact that I breathe fresh air and see and hear the birds before I sit at my desk at the bottom of the garden.

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

Recruitment and retention – the hiring landscape was already changing before Covid and now its unrecognisable from 10 years ago. Lancashire has the opportunity to take advantage of this with its great transport links and beautiful environment.

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

1.Decide what you want: You are working to achieve this and will need to be motivated by it when there’s nothing else, so make sure its clear. 
2. Know who’s paying you: Solve a problem for people with a budget, preferably a big one.  
3. Filter advice: Always consider where it’s coming from and consider why this may or may not validate it.

Boost's Scale to Thrive team is sponsoring the next Lancashire Business View magazine networking event for the May / June edition on Wednesday May 15, at Fence Gate. Joe will be speaking at the event, sharing his own growth experiences and explaining how he helps Lancashire businesses thrive. 

About the author

Joe Twigg   Business Adviser

With over 12 years' experience of running a diverse business, Joe has developed a knowledge base across operations and sales, mergers, acquisitions and integrations, transformation and change projects and continuous improvement. 

As a Boost business adviser, Joe advises businesses on Boost's Scale to Thrive programme. He helps businesses recognise and remove obstacles that may stifle future growth and enjoys guiding businesses to help maximise their potential through unpicking what makes them special and understanding their challenges. 

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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