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Meet the Boost team: Kerry Stevens

Boost Flying Start Adviser

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 Kerry Stevens, a serial entrepreneur who has set up and run several of her own companies, 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?

Growing up in a family of shopkeepers and later marrying into another, entrepreneurship became a natural path for me. With over 30 years of entrepreneurial experience, I understand the challenges and the importance of having mentors and advisers to bounce ideas off.

I aim to share my wealth of experience with aspiring entrepreneurs, providing support and guidance to navigate the complexities of starting and growing a business.

Why is Lancashire a great location for a business?

Lancashire's diverse communities create innovation and a novel way of thinking, while its strategic location in the North West of England offers easy access to major cities like Manchester and Liverpool, creating many networking opportunities. I firmly believe Lancashire businesses are exceptional, supportive, welcoming, and ready to showcase the region's potential to the world!

How do you like to start your working day?

I've recently started a new routine: Waking up at five am without snoozing the alarm, promptly getting out of bed, feeding the cat, hitting the gym, and then a cup of tea, tea, and more tea while checking emails.

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

Rising costs and limited funding holds significant challenges for businesses with many startups operating on tight budgets, which slows down their progress. Additionally, transitioning to digital processes and marketing brings considerable challenges, with younger, tech-savvy entrepreneurs making greater strides in their startup journey.

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

1. Identify your goal and plan.

2. Understand your cash flow.  

3. Find a business mentor or adviser to support you.

About the author

Kerry StevensThrough her role as a business adviser delivering the Boost Flying Start programme, Kerry provides pre-start-up support to entrepreneurs starting a business, and business support to owners of young businesses with aspirations to grow.

She is also the founding director of Preston-based Beanstalk Business Centre CIC which provides support and administration services to entrepreneurs, start-ups, not-for-profits and SMEs.

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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