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Support directory

Welcome to the Boost business support directory. Within here you will further details of our funded Boost programmes, as well as an up-to-date directory of other available business support in Lancashire.

Support Available

  • Access Fund – Connecting East Lancashire

    Are you a Lancashire employer who wants to help your people improve their health and well-being (plus the environment) by encouraging cycling or walking to work?

    Full programme information
  • Access to Finance

    Are you looking to grow your business but struggling to find the finance to make it happen? Are you considering alternative sources of finance like venture capital, business angel investment or crowdfunding and need further specialist support?

    Full programme information
  • Business Relationship Management

    Do you want a tailored business growth plan for your company and introductions to relevant support for growing Lancashire businesses?

    Full programme information
  • Campus Capital

    Access the capital you need to grow your business. Venture Capital investment up to £200k available for high-growth potential technology and science companies in Lancashire.

    Full programme information
  • Crowdcube

    Looking to raise growth finance for your start-up, early stage or growing business? Do you want to retain control of raising finance while building a crowd of investors who believe in your business?

    Full programme information
  • European Space Agency Business Applications

    From international transport to rural education, ESA Business Applications has enabled data from satellites to transform businesses. We have already invested over £500m in launching innovative services in businesses.

    Full programme information
  • Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund

    The Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund aims to help employers in the Greater Manchester and Lancashire areas to address their specialist digital skills needs through short, innovative, bespoke training.

    Full programme information
  • Funding Circle

    Are you looking for a quick and affordable loan of up to £1m for your growing business without the costs and complexity of dealing with a bank?

    Full programme information
  • Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

    The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme supports the cost of installing full fibre broadband connections direct to businesses for the fastest and most reliable gigabit-capable broadband speeds available.

    Full programme information
  • Internationalisation Fund

    The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) are designed to support businesses looking to grow their international trade. SMEs can apply for match-funded grants of between £1,000 and £9,000 which will be available for proposed future activities (subject to eligibility).

    Full programme information
  • Investment Readiness Programme

    There’s more money than ever before but most SMEs fail to raise investment! Led by experienced venture capital investors, we help SMEs prepare for venture capital, angel investment and crowd funding and can introduce you to investors.

    Full programme information
  • Made Smarter

    Are you a manufacturing company curious about how digital technology might help your business? Or are you a digital service provider looking to support manufacturers?

    Full programme information
  • Making Carbon Work (MaCaW)

    Are you a Lancashire SME business looking for grant funding and funded support to reduce your carbon footprint? UCLan’s MaCaW (Making Carbon Work) programme can help you.

    Full programme information
  • New Enterprise Allowance

    Are you over 18, and have a great new business idea? Do you (or your partner) currently receive Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance or Income Support? You could get help to start up in business.

    Full programme information
  • Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

    Are you looking for growth finance to help you achieve your ambitions? Whether you're an entrepreneur, a start-up or an established SME business the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) has a range of finance options for you.

    Full programme information
  • Rosebud

    Rosebud offers loans of £10,000 up to £300,000 for businesses across the 12 administrative areas of Lancashire County Council. Funded by Lancashire County Developments Ltd, we aim to support businesses across the region to grow, create jobs and reach their full potential.

    Full programme information
  • Rural Community Energy Fund

    The purpose of the £1 million Rural Community Energy Fund is to provide feasibility and project development grant funding to rural community groups that want to develop their own renewable energy projects.

    Full programme information
  • Seedrs

    Do you want to raise investment to finance your startup or growing business? Considering crowdfunding but need legal advice and support to easily present your business to a large community of potential investors?

    Full programme information
  • Start Up Loans

    Are you starting a new business or been trading for less than two years and need finance for your new business? Looking to borrow between £500 and £25,000 over one to five years to help your business grow?

    Full programme information

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