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Boost helps businesses plan recovery as over 5,000 use Covid-19 support

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Boost has announced a new campaign of funded support to help Lancashire businesses map out their long-term recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 5,000 people have used Boost, Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub’s #AskForHelp campaign to manage the initial impact of coronavirus on their business operations.

With many Lancashire businesses now looking at recovery, Boost has launched its #BoostYourRecovery campaign, available to all Lancashire businesses to help them understand the key challenges and opportunities in the current situation and develop a strategy for bouncing back.

The support includes webinars, video content, online coaching, peer learning, tips, other tools and advice focused on key aspects of recovery from coronavirus. A new Recovery Hub has been launched on the Boost website and businesses can also ring Boost’s helpline for advice.

Andrew Leeming, programme manager, Boost said: “AskForHelp was launched in response to the immediate need of Lancashire businesses as the coronavirus pandemic emerged. We have now supported over 5,000 people to manage the initial impact on their business operations.

“While some businesses are still understanding the true effects of this pandemic, thoughts are turning to recovery for many. We want to encourage companies to think about their next steps and we have made extra resources available to help them do this.

“Lancashire businesses can access quality free advice and coaching on key aspects of recovery such as sales, marketing, people and finance to help them reset, strengthen their business and plan for the future.”

Boost is Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. It is led by the Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and Lancashire County Council and supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

As part of the #BoostYourRecovery programme, the Recovery Hub will also help Lancashire businesses keep up to date with the latest relevant Government information and support.

Businesses can also access Boost’s core fully-funded growth programmes and receive advice and support to access partner programmes across Lancashire.

Andrew added: “As well as pivoting to help every business in Lancashire, we are also aware that for many the growth conversation never stopped. Our core services are still operating and we are here to help direct you to all the brilliant support options available to the Lancashire business community.

“Boost is here to help businesses whatever stage of recovery they are at. Don’t face this journey alone, visit our hub, use our support tools or speak to a member of our team about the right support to suit your unique needs.”

Businesses can speak to Boost on 0800 488 0057 and access Boost’s Recovery Hub at: https://www.boostbusinesslancashire.co.uk/boost-your-recovery.

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