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Boost Flying Start Programme

If you’re a Lancashire entrepreneur looking to start a new business or if you are at the early stages of growing a new business, this funded programme can help you get off to a flying start by defining your growth plan and helping you create a strong environment for sustained success.

What are the benefits of the programme?

  • Equip you and your team with the skills and knowledge to launch a successful enterprise, as well as the latest business growth and management techniques.
  • Access to a trusted and dedicated Boost adviser working with you throughout your growth journey.
  • Overcome challenges in sales, marketing, finance, business planning and people.
  • Free access to essential growth networking webinars suited to your business needs and providing a platform to market your services to a network of other new businesses.

What does the programme entail?

Starting and growing an early stage business is incredibly challenging but rewarding too. With the Boost Flying Start team behind you, your business and entrepreneurial journey will get off the best possible start.

This programme is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge not only to launch a successful business but to sustain and grow it.

These are the core components of the programme:

A dedicated Boost adviser: Your dedicated Boost adviser will work with you throughout your journey. We start off by getting under the skin of the business and working up a dedicated growth plan. Your adviser will be an expert in early-stage businesses and will be able to offer instant business advice and support with links to tailored business planning and marketing tools.

Video masterclasses: Our programme of masterclasses have been specifically designed to equip you and your new business with the tools and techniques you need to succeed. Providing brilliant resources for people looking to start their own business or who are already in business. The information is relevant to people with business ideas of all ages. Some of the topics include business planning, access to financial information and advice, marketing your business and building confidence.

Video events: We will also invite you to essential growth networking events suited to your business needs and providing a platform to market your services to a network of other new businesses and generate sales opportunities.

Give your business the best possible start by contacting our team today.

“The Boost programme has been invaluable in helping me to structure, develop and grow my business.”

Natalie Smith, Central Recruitment

Who is the programme for?

Lancashire-based ambitious individuals and SME* businesses less than 3 years old.

As the programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund some sector restrictions apply. Further details on request.

(*SME – Small to Medium Enterprises must employ fewer than 250 full-time people with a turnover of less than €50m or balance sheet of €43m.)

How does it work?

Contact Boost on 0800 488 0057 or by completing the form on this page and a member of our team will contact you for an initial discussion.

Your Boost adviser will meet with you to examine your business model and plans for growth. You will be invited to attend a series of masterclasses to find out more about how to maximise your chances of success and minimise risk.

Your Boost adviser will support you throughout your start-up and growth journey and introduce you to other relevant business support as needed.

Who delivers the programme?

This programme is part of Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub and delivered by Winning Pitch and Enterprise4all, which have extensive experience of supporting entrepreneurs and a proven track records of working with new businesses and helping them to success. We have supported over 2,200 growth hungry businesses in Lancashire through Boost.

We have a collective wealth of knowledge on a wide variety of topic areas in start-up techniques. We have diagnosed and supported thousands of business leaders. This helps us to understand the most common constraints and winning strategies. We continually scan for global best practice on supporting entrepreneurs and business leaders in their ambitions for growth and development.

Meet the Flying Start leadership team

  • John Gardner - Boost Flying Start Business Adviser

    John Gardner

    Business Adviser

  • Jean Atkinson - Boost Flying Start Business Adviser

    Jean Atkinson

    Business Adviser

  • Ralph D’Attorre

    Business Adviser

  • Paul Smith - Boost Flying Start Business Adviser

    Paul Smith

    Business Adviser

  • • Yusuf Musa, Business Adviser

    Yusuf Musa

    Business Adviser

  • Elle Gardner

    Business Adviser

  • Tony Roberts

    Business Adviser

“The support we have received through Boost has been invaluable to the business. We’ve only been trading for five months and we’ve had to employ two more staff to keep up with demand.”

Simon Milnes, Lancs Lock-in

Our Growth Support Service team is here to help

Would you like to find out more about the excellent business support available to you? Or maybe you’d like to find out how we’ve helped over 8,000 businesses since 2013? Contact our team to start your growth conversation.

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