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Navigate our extensive directory of other business support available in Lancashire.


Accelerator Programme
Get access to one-to-one coaching, mentoring and networking opportunities.
Apprenticeship Grant
Add new skills to your workforce.
Apprenticeship Recruitment & Training
Get help with sourcing and training apprentices.
Blackpool Business Growth Academy
Access to start up and scaleup specialists available to Blackpool businesses.
Blackpool Net Zero Business Academy
Funding available for businesses in Blackpool.
Business Builder
Access to a range of online tools to help your business.
Business Compliance
Find out more information to achieve/maintain compliance for your business.
Centre for SME Development
Connect and learn together.
Choose Chorley Relocation Grant
Get help relocating to Chorley from outside of the borough.
Chorley Business Energy & Road Net Zero Support Scheme
A scheme for businesses based and operating in the borough of Chorley.
Chorley Business Investment for Growth (BIG) Grant
Get help expanding Chorley businesses, making capital expenditure, and creating new jobs.
Chorley Shop Front Improvement Grant
An available grant for visual improvements to the frontage of Chorley retail properties.
Creative Industries Grant
Support for companies who work in moving image for storytelling, spanning film television, games, animation and immersive industries.
Cyber Solutions
The Cyber Solutions Centre supports activities comprising of business support within cyber and cyber security.
Defence Security Accelerator
Finds and funds innovation to support UK defence and security.
Digital Accelerator Programme
Use disruptive technologies, including cloud and immersive, to streamline business processes.
Digital Eagles
Make the most out of being online.
Digital Skills
Digital Boost supports small businesses and charities to develop essential digital skills.
Employer Hub at Lancaster & Morecambe College
Training and development for Lancashire businesses.
Engineering & Tech Scaleup Accelerator
Twelve-month programme that develops, nurtures and strengthens leadership capabilities.
Engineering Pre-accelerator Programme
Transforming great ideas into new engineering startups.
Engineering Startups and Spinouts
Twelve-month accelerator programme for engineering startups and spinouts.
Entrepreneur Hub
Offering help and guidance as you grow.
Fit For Nuclear
Helping UK manufacturers get ready to bid for work in the nuclear supply chain.
Foreign Owned Company Support
A dedicated key account management service for the county’s foreign owned companies to help them invest and expand.
Funding for Research & Innovation across Europe
Funding for research that improves European research standards or responds to challenges like climate change or food security.
Gigabit Broadband Voucher
Help for those experiencing slow broadband speeds in rural areas.
Health Innovation Network
For health and care businesses and individual innovators.
Help to Grow Leadership
A national business growth programme designed for senior leaders.
For innovation-driven businesses to grow at pace and achieve industry ambitions.
Intellectual Property
For those who need help identifying and protecting the intellectual in your business.
International Trade
Assists exporters of all levels of experience through advice, mentoring and strategic planning.
International Trade Support
International trade services to help you succeed in international markets.
Lancaster Business & Skills Support Hub
Free support for local businesses to start, grow and succeed.
Lancaster University Management School
Helping small and medium-sized businesses seize opportunities.
Leadership Support
Get your own advisory board made up of four experienced business professionals.
Low Carbon Support
Supporting environmental and energy saving/efficiency good practice.
Low Carbon Technology Commercialisation
Low carbon technology innovations to support your business.
Made Smarter
Access impartial advice for small to medium-sized manufacturing businesses in the North West.
Manufacturing Smarter Data Hub
Supporting small and medium-sized manufacturers to become more competitive.
Fully funded mentoring from successful business leaders.
National Business Support Helpline
A free Helpline for small businesses to find the right support and impartial advice.
National Cyber Security
Cyber security advice for Lancashire businesses.
Nelson Premises Improvement Grant
Available grants to improve the shop fronts of businesses.
Nelson Town Deal Grant
Grants available for businesses to become more resilient and help to thrive.
Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II: Debt Finance
Helping smaller business owners to deliver their business ambitions
Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II: Equity Finance
For companies with high growth potential
Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II: Smaller Loans
For entrepreneurs wishing to start their own business, or an early stage or more established small business looking to grow.
Numeracy Skills
Fully funded mentoring from successful business leaders.
Recruitment Support
View a range of recruitment services that can help you as an employer.
RedCAT works with low carbon technology innovators to take their technologies through commercialisation and investment.
Helping Lancashire businesses grow, develop, create jobs and achieve their goals.
Skills Bootcamps
Ease your recruitment challenges by employing a Skills Bootcamp graduate.
Skills Pledge
Find out more about Lancashire’s key skills and training initiatives.
Social Enterprise and Community Funding
Provide flexible loans and grants to help enterprises startup, become sustainable and grow.
South Ribble Business Energy Efficiency (BEE) Scheme
Support to help businesses reduce their energy use.
South Ribble Skills Factory
A dedicated skills hub providing free skills and recruitment
Space Agency Incubation Centre
Startups utilising space technology in any way at all can take part.
Space Technology
Help for companies to integrate space data and technology into commercial services.
Start Up Loan
Government-backed personal loan available to individuals looking to start or grow a business in the UK.
Startup Support for Young People
For those aged 18 to 30 who have a business idea or some ideas to explore.
StartUp UK
StartUp UK is a pioneering scheme by Enterprise Nation, to provide free tailored support.
Tender Opportunities
Find out details of public sector tender opportunities.
Two Zero
A specialist support service for scaleup businesses to help and inspire business leaders to grow their business.
West Lancashire Collaborative Innovation Programme (WLCIP)
A range of fully funded growth and innovation support services for established SMEs.

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