Boost wants input from businesses

Businesses across Lancashire are being given a say on how the county can build on the achievements of the Boost support initiative.

Andy Walker Boost sqBoost Business Lancashire – the county’s £7.2m business growth hub – has supported more than 2,000 businesses since it was launched in 2013, with 600 new jobs already created as a result.

The service has provided access to a range of free and part-funded programmes to help growing businesses in areas such as mentoring, leadership, access to finance, skills and innovation.

Now business owners are being asked how the service can be developed further after funding was secured for a second Boost programme expected to launch later in 2015.

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is leading the ‘Building on Boost’ consultation and businesses can have their say by completing an online survey.

Andy Walker, head of business growth and innovation at Lancashire County Council, said: “Boost Business Lancashire has helped to create hundreds of jobs and has contributed significantly to our local economy. However, the needs of businesses are always changing and it’s vital that we listen carefully to them in shaping the next phase of Boost. “We’ve already held a consultation event where we gained some valuable feedback. Now we have created this survey to further engage with businesses, professional advisers, and other stakeholders to enable them to contribute their thoughts on the current and future business support needs of the county.”