6 Ways To Perfect The Art Of ‘Active Listening’

Adam Holden, Growth Explorer for Winning Pitch, offers some top tips on becoming a better leader through active listening. Most people have heard the phrase “two ears, one mouth”, implying that we should listen twice as much as we speak. I work with new businesses and a big part of what I do is finding out about what they do, how they got to where they are, and why they decided that ...

We’re In Changing Times

There’s no doubt that the last year has thrown up more change than many of us could have envisaged or planned for. By Louisa Scanlan, director, Collaborate Business Solutions. Businesses are used to dealing with change and uncertainty, from the impact of managing increasing customer expectations or legislative changes, the sheer volume is ever increasing. For business leaders th...

42 Weeks Until GDPR… Are You Preparing?

People talk about “making time to do things”. We all know that time is precious in both personal life and in business, but time is something that ticks away and is something that we can’t get back. A fortnight has slipped by already and we are two weeks closer to the 25th May 2018 deadline for GDPR. Hopefully, this period of time was used productively and you have asked questions in your ...

Five Tips For Increasing Productivity In Your New Business

Wendy Bowers, founder of Role, shares her five top tips for creating a productive working environment in your home. Sometimes, even if you’ve got your vision and values in place and you’ve got a superb action plan for the next 12 months, it’s hard to move forward because it feel overwhelming and like no-one is holding you accountable. This is often the case if you are working on you...

When Should Employee Engagement Start?

2017 is a candidate driven market, how can you stand out from your competition to attract the best talent for your business? By Laura Hartley, director, LHR. Engagement has been a buzzword for the past few years, yet many companies are missing the opportunity to engage with their future employees during the recruitment process. Recruitment should be treated like any other busine...

Four Ways To Get Investors To Take Your Start-Up Seriously

Rona McFall, head of entrepreneurial solutions at Winning Pitch, outlines four top tips for start-ups looking to secure investment for their business idea. If you have a new product or service you might lack the capital you need to make it a high growth enterprise. One option is to pitch to potential investors, such as businesses who operate in the same industry, with the aim of convincin...

Funded Innovation Projects For Lancashire SMEs

As one of our Lancashire contacts we wanted to make sure you know about our exciting £5m eco-innovation project, Low Carbon Lancashire Innovation Hub (LoCaL-i). The team at Lancaster University’s double award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation is working with Lancaster University Management School to support small and medium enterprises in Cheshire in the innovation and adoption o...

Five Steps To Identify Risks To Your Business

John Warren, of business growth consultancy Matchbox Associates, a Boost & Co member, offers a five-step process for identifying the biggest risks to your business. No matter how good our strategy or business plan is, a key factor in whether we achieve business success is the way we deal with uncertainty or risk. Risks are generally unplanned events that can have a positive or neg...

Making E-Commerce Work From The Get-Go

Laying solid foundations is key to the success of any business, as e-commerce expert, retail guru and fellow entrepreneur Sabri Marsaoui knows first-hand. Got your brand name? Check. Built your website? Check. Distribution network in place? Check. HMRC/VAT registered? Certainly. Profit and Loss and Cash Flow forecasts? Definitely. Supplier agreements in place? Of course. ...

The Seven Habits of Effective Networkers

The most effective networkers focus on building relationships, rather than trying to sell to people. Amin Vepari, operations director at Enterprise 4 All North West, reveals some of the top tips that came out of a recent collaboration with Boost & Co partner BNI UK. A question we often get asked by the business owners we work with is ‘How do I become a better networker’? any peo...

Boost; Lancashire's Business Growth Hub

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 second issue, which you can read below, stories include: - Co-working space opens its doors in Preston - Product launch predicted to boost turnover by 20% - Growing homecare agency to create ...

Top Tips on Sourcing Products for SMEs and Resellers

In this post, David Teasdale, General Manager of Dishwashers Direct , discusses a few tips to help businesses with sourcing products. When setting up a business there are many factors to consider, such as the seller, location, timing, budget and more. My first piece of advice is to never stop sourcing. It might feel great to fulfil orders and be busy, but you mustn’t stop actively searchi...

Lancashire businesses set to showcase expertise with Google

Lancashire digital agencies will be joining experts from Google to help businesses in the borough grow online. Preston-based agency Motionlab and the Google Digital Garage will be delivering free seminars to businesses on how they can use digital marketing to increase sales as part of the Wigan Digital Marketing Roadshow, on 7 June at DW Stadium. Dr Jayne Rodgers, from Google Digital...

MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY CENTRE (NCSC)

Since the global coordinated ransomware attack on thousands of private and public sector organisations across dozens of countries on Friday, there have been no sustained new attacks of that kind. But it is important to understand that the way these attacks work means that compromises of machines and networks that have already occurred may not yet have been detected, and that existing infection...

Why a blog is important to a small business…

From improving SEO to expanding brand awareness, there are many benefits of running a business blog. Nowadays more and more businesses are using blog posts to publish information to their customers. There are many benefits in doing so… SEO One of the main reasons a business or organisation will start a blog is to benefit from improved Google rankings and to gain organic traffic fr...

Speakers Announced for Women in Business Awards

Barclays has announced the speaker line-up for its awards ceremony of the inaugural North West Women in Business Awards. Launched last month, the awards aim to recognise successful women and businesses that have made an outstanding contribution to the North West region. The awards ceremony will take place at an exclusive awards lunch on Thursday 6th July at Tatton Park. Guest speakers...

What if your managers are your biggest barriers to growth?

In his final blog of the series, Richard Harrison of Geminus Training explores what can be done when a major barrier to business growth stems from within. We’re going to present our final blog in this series on a touchy subject. It’s commonplace that when the growth is driven by the workforce, the major barrier to growth is an internal source – and one which theoretically shouldn’t exist,...

Why changing mindsets can unlock new ideas

Richard Harrison, director of Geminus Training, looks at how changing mindsets can help you get the best out of your staff. Ultimately, one of the biggest barriers to accessing the knowledge, experience and particularly creativity is Communication Apprehension. What is this and how do we address this to get the best from our workforce? There is a common ‘fear’ within many people (inc...