Software Innovation in Lancaster Shows Power of Shop Local

Jane Dalton, director of Boost & Co members Groundswell Innovation considers how ‘shopping locally’ can help the Lancashire economy grow. How much do you think our house prices increase if we have independent shops on our High Street? As much as 17% if you believe American Express. That’s 17% more than the price boost created by having big name chain stores and restaurants sited...

Lancashire Visitor Economy Continued To Grow In 2017

With just a week to go before the county celebrates tourism and hospitality businesses across the county in the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2018, Marketing Lancashire has revealed the latest annual tourism figures for 2017. Latest figures show the visitor economy continued to grow, with the economic impact of the sector reaching £4.25 billion (+2.9% since 2016) and visitors increasing from 67 mi...

Don’t Let Winter Weather Hold Your Business Back

With winter on its way Lancashire County Council is busy preparing to keep the county’s roads as clear and safe as possible, and to minimise delays and accidents caused by bad weather conditions. With our plans well underway we are asking businesses to get ready for the challenges that severe weather conditions can bring. What you can do You may not be able to control the weather but...

Lancaster University Celebrates Women In Business

Business leaders sparked a lively debate at Lancaster University this week when they shared their inspirational stories of breaking into business with students and academics during Women in Entrepreneurship Week. Students and academics gathered to hear from female and male entrepreneurs from Lancashire who formed an expert panel, sharing personal stories of becoming entrepreneurs in the ...

Lancashire Business Angels To Help County’s Firms Take Off

Ambitious businesses in Lancashire have the chance to access growth funding from potential investors following the launch of Lancashire Business Angels by key players in the county’s financial and professional services sector. Created by Steve Wall, manager with Access to Finance, part of Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, the organisation will pair fast growing businesses with hi...

The North Lancs Expo is the gateway to North Lancashire

The North Lancs Expo is the gateway to North Lancashire Following the huge success of the second North Lancs Expo, it looks like North Lancashire will have a gateway to show off the people, places and businesses that make it such a great work and play destination for many years to come. The North Lancashire Expo opened its doors on Sunday and Monday (23rd and 24th September) to thousands of ...

Seven EVA Winners from Lancashire

Seven businesswomen are thrilled to have put Lancashire on the map after scooping top prize at a highly prestigious awards ceremony. Wendy Jackson of Fylde Tuition Centre, Beverley Davis of The Ivory Dressing Room, Amanda Munden of Moo Stylist, Elizabeth Manford of The Wax House Candle Company, Jane Hugo of Streetlife, Rebecca Stott, of Temple Beauty Clinic and Amanda Stewart, of My...

Thousands Attend North Lancashire Expo

The North Lancashire Expo opened its doors to thousands of visitors, bringing together the people and organisations of the region for a spectacular two-day showcase. Sunday was aimed at family and community day, with a focus was on skills, training and inspiring the region’s future workforce. Entertainment included the Ludus Youth Dance company, the Bay Beat Street Band and Bernesto ...

To Develop Your Business, Start With Yourself

Preston-based entrepreneur Antony Chesworth, founder of ecommerce software business EKM, explains that the most important challenge any business leader can face is to fulfil their own potential. I started my business in 2002 in my back bedroom, and since then EKM has helped over 70,000 online shops setup worldwide, and we now employ more than 80 talented people at our custom-built state-o...

The Bay Business Awards

The Lancaster Guardian and The Visitor are very proud to be launching the inaugural Bay Business Awards. These awards have been formulated to provide a platform to recognise, reward and celebrate all the businesses, and the people who work within them, across Lancaster and Morecambe Bay area. Lancaster businesses are being encouraged to enter the range of categories including best ...

New Export Services Launched at Chamber of Commerce

Lancashire businesses can now benefit from new services that will help them grow their exports thanks to the launch of a new Global Membership at North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce. The Global Membership will deliver a full range of services including specialist documentation support and advice, legal contract review services, market selection services, access to an Advice H...

Lancashire Hospitality Awards Launched

A new awards programme has been launched to recognise the stars of Lancashire’s hotel and hospitality industry. The inaugural Lancashire Hospitality Awards will champion and reward the top performers in the county. The hope is to find the very best among the county’s hospitality community. The top 10 finalists will undergo an interview in front of a select panel of judges, which is m...

Lancashire Firms Urged To Apply For Funded Skills Support

Lancashire businesses are being encouraged to take advantage of a £4.5m programme of funded skills support – which has already helped more than 7,500 learners from 2,100 businesses. The European Social Fund backed Skills Support for the Workforce programme is available to provide skills support across all sectors with accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to businesses in...

Business Mentoring Programme Creates Over 400 Lancashire Job

A popular business mentoring service has helped 500 Lancashire firms achieve growth after seeing “unprecedented demand”. Latest figures show the Boost Growth Mentoring programme has helped Lancashire firms create 418 jobs and added an estimated £7.8m to the region’s economy. Available through Boost, the county’s business growth hub, the programme is funded by Lancashire County Counci...

Get The Best Out Of The North Lancs Expo

Sunday 23rd & Monday 24th September @ Lancaster Brewery Once you’ve committed to exhibiting at an expo, that’s when your work starts. Booking the space is the easy thing, now you have to make sure you get the best out of your stand and the days at the expo. So advance planning is in order. 1. Create a great pitch The great thing about an Expo is that people have taken the ti...

Lancashire Business Day Celebration Returns for 2018

Save the date: November 27 promises a day of celebration and networking with local food and drink as Lancashire Business Day returns for 2018. The first-ever Lancashire Business Day took place in 2017 and saw organisations from every corner of the county come together to share their stories and celebrate their neighbours’ successes. Now businesses of all sizes and all sectors are...

Guiding Lancashire Businesses To A Greener Future

A programme to help Lancashire businesses reduce their carbon footprint launched last week to a united and positive response. Taking place at Brockholes Nature Reserve, near Preston, the event encouraged businesses across the county to explore the possibilities and opportunities on offer through the Chamber Low Carbon programme. Chamber Low Carbon is a £2m part European funded projec...

Productivity Benchmarking – Do You Measure Up?

The office of National Statistics (ONS) has developed an online tool that aids businesses to calculate their productivity and compare their performance to other businesses in Great Britain. Productivity is a measure of the amount of output a business produces for a unit of input. In its simplest form, labour productivity measures the amount of output produced per worker: higher productivi...