The leader of Lancashire County Council has issued a call to action to Lancashire businesses to tap into the funded business support services delivered by its Growth Hub, Boost. The call by Councillor Phillippa Williamson is part of a new Helping Lancashire Businesses campaign, aimed at increasing its support to businesses across the county in 2023.
Lancashire County Council is the lead body for Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, which has supported over 12,000 businesses since it started in 2013. Boost provides a range of fully-funded support programmes and advice to small, medium and large businesses, including leadership mentoring, peer networks, business planning, sales and startup support.
The leader is urging all businesses, no matter what challenge they are facing, to talk to the Boost team. She said: “It’s a brilliant service that has had a positive impact on thousands of businesses but there are many thousands more that we want to help too. “Some businesses are facing difficult conditions and there are many that are growing and creating jobs.
The support available through Boost and the business support eco-system is vast and no matter what stage of the journey a business is at, we have someone who can help. I am urging businesses to talk to Boost to get the support they need.” Lancashire County Council also leads a specialist service called Two Zero, for high growth scaleup businesses, and has Rosebud Finance and Access to Finance among its business support portfolio. County Councillor Aidy Riggott, cabinet member for economic development and growth, Lancashire County Council said:
“There are many challenges facing people who run businesses but they don’t need to do it alone.
“There is such an array of funded support available in Lancashire through Lancashire County Council as well as through our world-class private sector business support community. It’s incumbent on us to remind people in business that we are here to help businesses and to support economic growth, one of our key priorities.
“Lancashire does its best work when it works together and we urge businesses to speak to our Growth Hub to find out what support is available.”
Boost is Lancashire's Business Growth Hub and is led by Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership). It is supported by funding from Lancashire County Council, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Since 2013, Boost has supported over 12,000 businesses and helped create over 3,000 jobs.
This support has helped add £100million to the Lancashire economy. Mary Speakman owns Code Galaxy, a Blackpool-based website and software development agency, which has used Boost to shape its business strategy.
Mary said: “Having the support of Boost has been invaluable in helping us develop our business, grow turnover and profit. We have an ongoing relationship which allows us to work on the business and find new solutions. I would recommend Boost to any business.”
Another business which has previously received Boost support is Rosetta Brands, based near Garstang, which provides services to retailers on Amazon. The company is now operating in several international markets and recently received private equity investment from London based Rockpool Investments.
Nick said: “We have used Boost’s support programme several times on our journey to this point, and have found it invaluable to validate our ideas, and steer us onto a winning path. I thoroughly recommend the array of Boost programmes available to businesses wanting to achieve high growth in their sector.”
Lancashire business owners and managers can get in touch with Boost by calling 0800 488 0057 or visiting the Contact Us page on the Boost website.