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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

  • Apprenticeships

    Do you need skilled workers to safeguard the future of your business? Are you looking for new ideas and energy in your business? Offering apprenticeships can help your business grow.

    Full programme information
  • Aspire in Partnership

    Are you struggling to recruit in today’s tight labour market?

    We provide the solution to this challenge through our inclusive recruitment service. This means you will have more candidates to choose from which will help you get the best person for the job.

    Full programme information
  • Be the Business Boards

    Be the Business Boards offers a range of activities in Lancashire aimed at encouraging business leaders to share and learn from each other and designed to fit in around the demands of running a business.

    Full programme information
  • Cyber Works – Lancaster University

    Cyber Works believes that cyber security is more than just a necessary safety feature and a drag on the bottom line; it is a driver for innovation and growth.

    Full programme information
  • Digital Boost

    Digital Boost supports small businesses and charities to develop the essential digital skills they need to adopt new digital ways of working and grow their businesses

    Full programme information
  • HeadsUp! Digital productivity training

    Are you a small business owner fed up with admin taking too much time away from achieving your goals? Receive up to 10 hours of free training worth £1,000 covering finance, marketing, people and time management.

    Full programme information
  • LCC Employment and Support Team

    Do you need help to find suitable staff for your growing business? Could you offer Lancashire County Council's Looked After Children, or young people leaving care work experience or employment opportunities?

    Full programme information
  • Multiply (Upskilling numeracy within the workforce)

    Multiply is a free and flexible new initiative that can be utilised to upskill the workforce in numeracy skills, Multiply can be tailored to the specific needs of any business and is designed to boost the confidence of employees, thereby reducing the cost of errors due to poor numeracy skills. The ultimate result is a confident employee and a better bottom line for businesses.

    Full programme information
  • Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme

    Are you aged between 18 and 30 and unemployed (or working fewer than 16 hours per week)? You could get help from the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme to help you to start up in business.

    Full programme information
  • Skills Bootcamps

    Ease your recruitment challenges by employing a graduate from a Skills Bootcamp – a programme designed to give Lancashire residents the skills that are in demand by employers. You can also upskill your existing staff with a modest contribution – just 10% for SMEs and 30% for larger employers.

    Full programme information
  • Smart Manufacturing Data Hub

    The Smart Manufacturing Data Hub (SMDH) supports small and medium-sized manufacturers to become more competitive by harnessing the power of data.

    Full programme information
  • The Watchtower Programme

    Support for Lancashire businesses to build competitiveness and resilience through insight, skills, innovation and diversification. The aim of the Watchtower Programme is to support AEM businesses to innovate, adapt, and diversify to be competitive and remain financially sound and continue to thrive.

    Full programme information
  • Two Zero

    Two Zero is a specialist support service for scaleup business leaders in Lancashire. Led by Lancashire County Council, its mission is to help and inspire business leaders to grow their business 20%, create jobs and develop the Lancashire economy.

    Full programme information
  • Upskilling Lancashire

    Are you a Lancashire based SME looking to increase the skills and capabilities of your workforce? UCLan’s Upskilling Lancashire provides free advice and support enabling businesses to gain new skills and fill knowledge gaps.

    Full programme information
  • Work Based Learning

    PHX Training’s Work Based Learning training is tailored to meet your business needs, with a large portfolio of online courses fully supported by our expert tutors. With funding available, now is the perfect time to invest in your staff and future-proof your business. Don't miss out, explore our training options today.

    Full programme information
  • Young Apprenticeship Grant

    A £3,000 grant for SME's in Lancashire who start an apprenticeship for those under the age of twenty-five.

    Full programme information

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If you’re starting, growing or scaling a business and want to find out how our funded services can help you, please contact our experienced team today. We’d love to support your growth ambitions.

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