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...

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 ...