8 Ways To Create A High Growth Future For Your Business

John Leach, chairman of Winning Pitch, explores some more ways businesses can create opportunities for high growth. High Growth companies spend more time than their competitors with customers, living in the future. They invest time in developing new insights and strategically positioning themselves for that next big opportunity. Studies show there is nothing more prolific than change...

Intellectual Property & International Trade Event

A breakfast event later this month (18th April) will give Lancashire business advisors the opportunity to find out more about what government support is available to help their clients grow, protect their innovations and trade internationally. Hosted by Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, the event at the Best Western Samlesbury Hotel is part of the #GrowingLancashire campaign whic...

One In Five Lancashire Workplaces Allow Pets In The Office

April is officially National Pet Month and according to new research, one-fifth of Lancashire workplaces now allow employees to bring pets into the office, yet a similar proportion (22%) of workers have complained about the furry companions. The topical survey by online job board CV-Library found that when it comes to the personal effect of animals in the workplace, there is clear evidenc...

Tax Planning For Year End

As the end of the tax year approaches there are certain planning opportunities for taxpayers to be aware of. Income Tax There are several thresholds to avoid otherwise you may pay more tax than you need to. If you can control the timing of your income such as bonuses or dividends then be aware of the following: There is no tax on the first £5,000 of dividends, and this ‘Dividend...

100 Entrepreneurs Attend Lancashire Growth Summit

More than 100 entrepreneurs from across Lancashire gathered yesterday for a major growth summit aimed at supporting new and growing businesses in the county. Hosted by Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, the event was part of the #GrowingLancashire campaign which aims to advise and assist more than 4,000 businesses in the county by the end of 2018. Speakers on the day included E...

Barclays Celebrates North West Women In Business

Barclays is looking for Lancashire’s top female business talent as it launches their second Celebrating North West Women in Business Awards. The awards will recognise women and businesses that have made an outstanding contribution to business in the North West region and were officially launched in Preston at a networking event at the Stanley House Hotel, Further Lane, Mellor. Award ...

Lancashire launches ESCALATE

Adults seeking work in Lancashire will be able to give their employment prospects a boost thanks to a new online tool from the Lancashire Skills & Employment Hub called ESCALATE. ESCALATE is a web-based tool which brings together for the very first time Lancashire’s varied opportunities available for those looking to start their journey into work. Opportunities, which are availab...

10 Principles For Leading A High-Growth Business

John Leach, chairman of Winning Pitch, outlines 10 ways for high-growth business leaders to help their business break through to the next level. 1. Develop yourself – Embrace change and commit to personal development. Only if you grow and develop yourself, will the business grow and develop. 2. Show leadership – Highly tuned leadership and management capability lies at the heart of s...

Call for Lancashire firms to take up Business Support Review

Ambitious Lancashire businesses are being encouraged to make the most of a free service that identifies where they might benefit from extra business support. The Business Support Review is offered by Boost – Lancashire’s £7.8m business growth hub – and enables growing businesses to meet with an experienced business advisor to understand their growth opportunities and challenges. Foll...

Businesses Urged To Access Funding For Workforce Growth

Businesses across Lancashire struggling to recruit the right candidates, or who are looking to grow their workforce, are being reminded to take advantage of a fully-funded support programme before the funding comes to an end in summer 2018. The Lancashire Employment and Skills Executive Partnership (LESEP) secured £6.7million in November 2016 from the Education and Skills Funding Agency...

Boost Teams Up For Business Start-Up Events

A series of free events will be held in Blackpool in February and March as part of a campaign to help start-up businesses in the town. Boost, Lancashire’s £7.8m business growth hub, is backing Blackpool Council’s Get Started campaign and will offer events aimed specifically at new and fledgling businesses. The sessions, to be delivered by Winning Pitch, will focus on issues including...

Red Rose Awards Reveals Final Shortlist

The final shortlist for this year’s Lancashire Business View Red Rose Awards has been announced, confirming the business hopefuls in with a chance of collecting a prestigious trophy in front of a 1,100-strong audience. Organisations of all sizes from every corner of the county across a wide variety of industries are represented on the final list of 150, who will now vie for success in 25 ...

Brexit – What Do You Need To Know?

Alan Reid, Manufacturing Advisor at the Lancashire Manufacturing Growth Fund considers the potential effects of Brexit on the county’s manufacturers. Whilst politicians in Brussels and Westminster are still negotiating what March 2019 might look like for British trade, for lots of manufacturing firms Brexit starts now. Many manufacturing businesses operate in complex supply chains, r...

Boost Growth Stories – Issue 3

Boost Growth Stories is a magazine showcasing #GrowingLancashire businesses we are supporting to achieve their growth aspirations, published by Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. In our third issue, which you can read below, stories include: •  Cavity wall firm spots a gap in the market •  Cheesecake firm gets its just desserts •  M4B has sights on growth •&n...

2018 – Time to ask for help?

Andrew Leeming, Boost Programme Manager gives his thoughts on how Lancashire businesses should plan for growth in the New Year. Working with and for business is both rewarding and educational. After around 1,820 meetings, probably 9,100 coffees (usually x3 a meeting) and being part of a team that has helped over 5,000 businesses since 2013, I’m constantly inspired, impressed and yes, at t...

GDPR countdown: Jumping in at the DPO End?

As we continue the countdown to the introduction of GDPR, Chris Hunter of HM Network explores the need for a Data Protection Officer within an organisation. Whether your organisation is required to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) or not, you will still need to comply. Obviously you can recruit a DPO, but you may find there is currently somewhat of a shortage. Alternatively, you ...

Season's Greetings from Boost Business Lancashire

We'd like to wish Lancashire's businesses a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018.

Search On For North West’s Most Outstanding small businesses

The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018 are open and small businesses in the North West of England have until January 12 to enter for free. The awards will celebrate the best of the region’s 245,000 small businesses and their vast contribution to both local and national economies. The North West area winners of 12 award categories will be announced at an award ceremony in March and wi...

Free Marketing Workshop

L earn to effectively market your product or service. Cumbria Innovations Platform. Free Event: The University of Cumbria and the University of Lancaster have teamed up to provide local businesses (SMEs), or anyone thinking of setting up a business throughout Cumbria, the opportunity to attend our marketing workshop. During the event you will have the opportunity to a create a ...

How Do I Protect My Business’ Intellectual Property?

Dave Hopkins from the government’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) offers ten top tips for how Lancashire businesses can get the most from their intellectual property (IP). The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright. As part of my role with the IPO...