The Truth Behind Planning A Great Conference Or Meeting

 Planning a conference is exciting but can also be a daunting task; however it doesn’t have to be. Selecting the right venue can mean the difference between a lot of planning and a quick checklist, so make sure you use our top tips when looking for the perfect place to hold your conference or meeting… Location You might get swept away with agenda’s, flip charts and food but ...

2,888 Lancashire Businesses Boosted By Growth Hub

Lancashire’s business growth hub, Boost, has surpassed another major milestone after helping 2,888 businesses in the county to access business support. Latest figures show Boost has also led to the creation of an estimated 291 new jobs since January 2016 when the growth hub secured £7.8m of funding to run for a further three years. In that time 119 new businesses have been establishe...

5 Steps To Avoid Late Payment

Sharon Walker, debt recovery manager at regional law firm Napthens, a Boost & Co member, offers some advice on how growing businesses can avoid late payment and reduce the risk of bad debt. Late payment is costing businesses in the UK billions each year. Recent figures from Bacs Payment Schemes Ltd, the company behind Direct Debit, showed that small to medium enterprises (SMEs) a...

Lancaster’s First Expo Is Huge Success

Lancaster’s first ever Expo has been labelled a resounding success. The two-day event, designed to showcase the very best of business in north Lancashire, saw 100 exhibitions and more than 2,000 visitors to the site at Lancaster Brewery. Alistair Eagles, president of the Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce, which designed, organised and hosted the Expo, said: “This is a fantastic...

North Lancashire Expo This Weekend

The North Lancashire EXPO will take place this Sunday and Monday, September 24 and 25, at Lancaster Brewery on Wyresdale Road. It will focus on business training, skills, education and what the future has to hold within the workplace. The Chief Executive of Lancaster and District Chamber of Commerce is hoping the forthcoming North Lancashire Expo will encourage youngsters to pitch th...

Search Is On For North West's Outstanding Small Businesses

  The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018 are now open (11 September) 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 ...

3 Tried & Trusted Ways To Improve Your Business

To mark Small Business Advice Week (4th-10th September), Nichola Howard, founder of Launch Events and the Blackpool Expo, shares her top three tips for business success. As part of Small Business Advice Week, now in its 10th year, we’re encouraging businesses to reach out for support, share knowledge and create connections to help the country’s 4.5 million small businesses thrive in tough...

38 weeks until GDPR… Checklist: Steps Towards Compliance

As part of his regular blog counting down to the introduction of the General Data Protection Review (GDPR), Chris Hunter of HM Network, advises that businesses use a checklist to make sure they are on the right path. We have been asked by businesses of all shapes and sizes, what steps should be taken towards becoming GDPR compliant? This week we have another useful graphic which c...

10 tips for SME Success

Although the number of SME businesses continues to grow in the UK, what is needed to become a small business success story? With almost 30 years of working in a variety of businesses, industries and businesses, SME business Director, David Teasdale, shares the following top ten tips, based on his own successes and failings in the world of small business. Continually strive for a prod...

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...