Tap into Lancashire's business growth hub

Today’s ever-changing world presents businesses with new challenges as well as new opportunities.

Boost: Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, is ready to support growth-hungry businesses with both.

Boost is led by Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire LEP and we have supported more than 8,000 Lancashire businesses. We have helped to create more than 3,000 jobs while adding more than £100m to the economy since 2013.

The Growth Hub is funded by Lancashire County Council and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which means there is no cost to businesses for using Boost services.

We can help companies at every stage of their journey, including through our Growth Support Service.

This team of experts first meets with people in business to understand a company’s unique challenges and growth barriers.

They will then provide advice and direct business leaders to the most suitable support in Lancashire, whether that is a Boost programme or a programme run by one of Boost’s 60+ funded support partners in Lancashire.

Boost also operates three fully-funded growth programmes:

  • Flying Start for pre-start and startup businesses and entrepreneurs, giving them to tools to make their new business succeed
  • Growth Mentoring, providing an expert mentor to support the leaders and managers of established businesses
  • Bespoke, a high-growth support service for established Lancashire businesses

Boost is ready to help you face the emerging economic challenges as your business grows and we have the experts to unlock your company’s true potential.

Here are a few success stories from businesses we have supported over the last few years.

Flower Accounting

Gordie Smyth received Boost startup support after establishing Flower Accounting in early 2020 to help with some skills gaps he experienced as a startup. Gordie received support through the Flying Start programme on selling, strategic marketing and use of social media.

Through the pandemic, Gordie continued to support clients remotely, growing the business steadily and by February 2020 had taken on two members of staff.

He said: “When you start up a business you have to wear so many hats. I wanted some technical training to firm up my value proposition and get comfortable selling. Being in the Boost workshops with other people all in the same boat really made the difference.”

Rosetta Brands

Nick Comer began Rosetta Brands in 2010 selling online fun gifts from the US to UK consumers. He recognised an opportunity to become an Amazon vendor, acting as a gateway to help other businesses sell on Amazon.

He received support from Boost’s Bespoke service to develop his idea and a sales and marketing strategy.

After launching the service, which includes optimising web pages and image content, Rosetta has grown from around £100,000 to £5m, opened a London office and, in June 2021, an Australian base.

Whatever stage of your business journey, through Boost you can tap into a range of expert business support. It’s worth a call.

Call on 0800 488 0057 or visit the Boost website to speak to our team of advisers.

Disclaimer: 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) and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. For eligibility criteria, please speak to our team on 0800 488 0057