Giving businesses a turbo-Boost

Lancashire’s business community is well served by a comprehensive range of supporters and advisers.

More than 30 of these organisations came together at a special summit to share their specific areas of expertise with other delegates to better serve the county’s business community

All provide their services via Boost, Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, and to date more than 5,000 businesses have taken advantage and the results are clear: more than 2,200 jobs have been created; 600 new businesses have started; and in excess of £74m of new economic activity has been generated.

At the Boost Stakeholder event, which was hosted at County Hall, Preston, the depth of the Boost offer to businesses was evident. Each of the 30-plus organisations described their activity, the types of business they liked to work with and a success story.

Pritam Pal, senior project officer at Boost, said: “Our intention was to bring together key players from our business support eco-system and talk about the best ways to work collaboratively.

“Reminding each other of the services we all provide helps us to signpost Lancashire businesses to the right place for their specific needs.

What really matters to us is that whatever a business needs, we can give them that support through Boost.

“And what businesses need to know is they can access all the relevant and available services by contacting us directly. From there, we’ll guide and direct businesses to that support.”

Boost is the access point to the expertise of the organisations at the event. Each of the services is delivered by specialists with a track record of growing innovative start-up and established businesses. Additionally, Boost helps businesses access specialist private sector business support, as well as other nationally funded programmes.

Andrew Leeming, who leads on Boost in the county, said: “Our providers are awesome, and the services they deliver are wide in range.

“What really matters to us is that whatever a business needs, we can give them that support through Boost.

“What business owners will see is that there is so much scope for them to receive support and when they have received that support, they can tell other businesses how we’ve helped.

Boost Business Lancashire is led by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Lancashire County Council and supported by £3.8m funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), established by the EU to help local areas stimulate economic development.

In attendance at the event was Michael Green, the Lancashire County Council cabinet member with responsibility for economic development. He said: “Boost is very important to us. We need businesses in the county to grow, thrive and export more.”

To see if your business is eligible and to start your growth conversation, call 0800 488 0057 or email

Among the services provided to Lancashire businesses by the agencies which make up the Boost programmes are:

  • Pre-start and start-up support
  • Mentoring
  • Investment readiness and access to finance
  • Data analysis
  • Improving productivity
  • Accessing R+D and innovation
  • Digitisation
  • Growth support
  • Apprenticeships
  • Low carbon strategies
  • Linking business with public sector buyers
  • Skills enhancements for workforces, managers and owners
  • International trade opportunities
  • Healthier workplaces
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