Supporting amazing female entrepreneurs

Through the Boost programme to date, we’ve supported more than 5,000 businesses, creating over 2,200 jobs and £74m of economic growth in Lancashire.

The real pride, however, comes from hearing the stories behind the figures and knowing Lancashire businesses who have been supported by Boost have gone on to achieve great things. Some of the most inspirational stories are those of our amazing female entrepreneurs.

They include Sara Dewhurst of Lytham-based Sandgrown Spirits. Sara needed some help in getting her gin into retailers. With the help of Boost, she has grown her business from £10,000 to £120,000 and recently picked up the New Business award at the annual Enterprise Vision Awards organised by female network Pink Link.

Another is Michelle Bondesio, who established Bondesio Communications and Consulting to help businesses adopt healthier working cultures after receiving support through Boost. Michelle continues to work with Boost to deliver her growth sessions to a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Despite the many success stories, we need to do more to support female-led businesses. Figures show UK female-led teams get far less startup funding than their male counterparts. As Lancashire’s business growth hub, Boost has a duty to ensure female entrepreneurs can access funding, startup support, mentoring and relevant networks.

Some of the most inspirational stories are those of our amazing female entrepreneurs.

That’s why, throughout November, we’re partnering with all organisations working with female entrepreneurs to focus, collaborate and celebrate the support available. There will be joint events to help women in business across Lancashire discuss the challenges and opportunities they face. We will also be shining a light on female-led business success stories across our media channels.

If you’re an eligible female entrepreneur or team in Lancashire and need support to develop a great idea or grow your business, please talk to Boost. Call 0800 488 0057 or visit boostbusinesslancashire.co.uk

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