The Challenges and the Opportunities for Business

Health Innovation: the Challenges and the Opportunities for Business, 12th and 26th September, Lancaster House Hotel. Millions of pounds are being invested to help UK businesses benefit from developing and providing products and services to help address the health, well being and independence of our ageing population. Keeping us out of the healthcare system in the first place and doing be...

5 Ways Boost Can Help Lancashire Manufacturers

We’re lucky in Lancashire to have a world-leading manufacturing industry that sustains thousands of jobs and contributes massively to our county’s economy. From our large aerospace and automotive companies, and the huge supply chains those sectors sustain, to the smaller and more niche manufacturers, we’re blessed with real diversity. We can be rightly proud of the array of sites ava...

Boost Growth Stories – Issue 4

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 Spring / Summer 2018 issue, which you can read below, stories include: • Growth support helps tech firm make the right connections • Textile firm expands with confidence after protecting intelle...

North Lancs Expo: Why. How. What.

North Lancs Expo: Why. How. What. Why We believe North Lancashire is an amazing place. To work. To rest. To play. It deserves a gateway… to showcase the people, the places and the businesses that make it such great work and play destination. Now, and in the future. How North Lancs Expo brings together the people and organisations of the region in one place, using the exp...

How Much Are Mis-Hires Costing Your Business?

Video is considered the most engaging way by many marketing professionals to promote a product, service or event because it connects with the audience quickly, has an extended reach and gets the message across in an unambiguous way. This has not gone unnoticed by other company departments. Increasingly video is being used on a more general level to convey a company’s culture and long-term...

Reduce These Four Distractions To Increase Business Growth

David Hargreaves, founder of The Growth Gurus, identifies four business distractions that can impact on growth and details how to keep them to a minimum. How many hours would you guess you spend working on your business every day? How many hours do you actually spend moving your business forward? Perhaps your first instinct is to say the same number twice, however that’s unlikley ...

Why Exhibit at the 2018 North Lancs Expo?

Sunday 23rd & Monday 24th September @ The Expotorium, Lancaster Brewery. 10am - 4pm Unlike most other Expos where the focus is solely on Business to Business, the North Lancs Expo will focus both on Business to Business and Business to Consumer, with the Sunday’s emphasis being on training, skills, education and the future workplace. It is intended that the Sunday will be more of a ...

The Importance Of Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is the integration of digital technology into all areas of a business, changing how the business operates and delivers value to its customers. Regardless of the size of a business, SME to enterprise level, digital transformation is essential for all businesses to enable them to maintain a competitive advantage. The process and steps required will be different...

How Should My Business Prepare For A Tax Investigation?

Gillian Bardin, regional spokesperson for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), offers advice for businesses in preparing for and dealing with a tax investigation. Legally businesses have to keep records for income, VAT and employees. If HMRC announces they are looking more closely at a company it can be both daunting and frightening for the business owner...

How To Train With The Best To Achieve Business Growth

John Leach, chairman of Winning Pitch, explores the idea of learning from other high achievers in business and offers some practical tips for making it work. If you want to excel in your professional life and get the most out of your business, work with those people who will take you to new limits. Training with these individuals will extend your comfort zone, teach you new skills ...

Make Data Protection Your Business

Data protection regulation is set to change on 25 May this year to give people more control over their data. These laws cover how you collect, use and store people’s personal data. Your customers, employees and other individuals need to be able to trust you to look after and use their personal data properly and safely. Knowing they can trust you is good for your business or organisation a...

Is Your Business Ready For Digital Marketing Success?

Lauren Grice, Head of Partnerships at Bespoke Digital Agency, a Boost & Co member, offers some advice on how growing businesses can increase their odds of digital marketing success. Why can some businesses use digital to dominate their sector whilst others invest time and money with only modest success? The businesses that dominate through digital follow many of the same princ...

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 ...