Boost launches #AskForHelp guidance service

Business support organisation Boost has launched a new advisory service to help Lancashire companies to navigate challenges arising from the coronavirus pandemic.

#AskForHelp, available online and through a dedicated helpline, will connect businesses with experts from the public and private sector who will provide practical guides and information to navigate the national business support offer.

County councillor Michael Green, cabinet member for economic development, environment and planning, Lancashire County Council, said: "Boost has a successful and well-established focus on growth and start-ups, but in the current situation we've changed our focus to support businesses, as they feel the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

"There'll be advice available on how to support your business, but it's also vital to think about the wellbeing of your staff who are still working. And we'll keep updating our information as the situation changes, to pick up any changes to government advice."

Boost is Lancashire's Business Growth Hub and is led by Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership), supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The #AskForHelp service will be available to all Lancashire business owners. They can call to discuss all business issues related to the coronavirus outbreak including resilience, cash flow management, HR, tax and remote working.

It’s vital that those in Lancashire don’t feel like they are alone.

Steve Fogg, chair, Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, said: "Boost sits at the heart of the Lancashire business support community and we have access to hundreds of specialist advisers. We will use our unique position and will completely refocus our support efforts to help businesses get through the coming weeks and months.

“All companies will face the effects of this pandemic. That includes the strain on operations and finances but also the need for business owners to safeguard the mental wellbeing of their staff and also themselves. It’s vital that those in Lancashire don’t feel like they are alone. Pick up the phone to our advisers and ask for help."

Businesses can access the #AskForHelp helpline by ringing 0800 488 0057. They can access the #AskforHelp hub at boostbusinesslancashire.co.uk/askforhelp/.

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