Countdown to new hacker headache for Lancashire businesses

Another major new technology problem is heading towards businesses in Lancashire, with around half of them thought to be affected. In January next year (2020), a large amount of standard Microsoft software reaches the end of its life. That means it will no longer be supported by Microsoft and will not be safe to use. This includes the popular Windows 7 operating system; Office 2010; ...

Business training for women expands across North West

Coinciding with International Women’s Day 2019, social enterprise, The Growing Club – a unique business education and growth programme specifically for women in business – sees an expansion across the north-west with new training locations and courses to meet the increased demand for their services. Now, the training programme has been rolled out in Kendal and Preston, making provisions f...

Federation of Small Businesses Announces New Area Lead

Following a member election late last year, Rachel Kay of lovelocalnetworking has been elected to the new role of The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Area Lead for Lancashire. Area Leads are a voluntary, strategic role with a tenure of three years which have been created to further support, engage and champion members in all areas across the country. FSB is a not for profit organisat...

Five Startups Taking Lancashire By Storm

If you come up with a great idea for a business or if you’ve always wanted to go out and do it on your own, there’s a multitude of things that you need to consider and learn in order to get started. Boost’s Growth Support Programme is designed to equip Lancashire entrepreneurs with the skills, experience and know-how to help get started in business. From ensuring your sales and marke...

Lancashire Small Businesses Celebrated at The FSB Awards

The Federation of Small Businesses’ Celebrating Small Business Awards North West finals helped celebrate the region’s finest small businesses for their endeavours. Now in their second year, The FSB’s Awards, saw businesses from across the area battle it out for honours in 11 categories, including Business & Product Innovation, Micro Business of the Year, and Family Business of the Year. ...

The 2019 Enterprise Vision Awards Are Open

The 2019 Enterprise Vision Awards are open for entries. The search is on for the North West’s most talented business women! From excellence to dedication and innovation to inspiration, the EVAS recognise the successes and achievements of female entrepreneurs from across the region. Now in their 9th year, the EVAS are probably the largest business awards dedicated to women outside London. ...

Lancashire Firms To Be Offered Free Digital Support

Small business support network Enterprise Nation has won a national competitive tender to deliver digital support to 600 English firms as part of an initiative to boost UK productivity. The funding is part of the government’s £8m Business Basics Programme, unveiled in the Industrial Strategy, run by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK. Th...

Growing Your Team In 2019

If you’re a great and growing Lancashire business, you may sometimes wonder about the best things to do to bolster your team. You may ask yourself: Do I have the skills in house to deliver to my clients? Or do I need to recruit? When is the best time to hire additional team members? If I need to hire a lot of people over the year, how do I make it cost-effective in terms of recruitment? ...

Lancashire’s Largest Apprenticeship & Careers Expo 2019

Following on from two successful events in 2017 and 2018 Lancashire Apprenticeship Expo will be returning to Preston’s Guild Hall on March 26 2019. With over 70 regional employers ranging from engineering giants Leyland Trucks to legal specialists Harrison Drury attending, there will be more local career opportunities available than ever before. The Expo is being supported by Preston’s Co...

Winter Success for Lancaster On Ice

Lancaster On Ice, the Ice Rink and Winter Wonderland arena in Dalton Square has been hailed a major success by its organisers. Martin Horner and Chris Selkirk estimate over 36,000 people have skated during the 6-week project whilst many more have attended as spectators. "We're over the moon," said Martin, "It's been a major success for the city." Approximately 40% of bookings ...

Lancaster Theatre Reveals £2m Plan

Plans for a “stunning” new £2m glass extension to Lancaster’s oldest theatre have been revealed. The Grand Theatre, in St Leonard Gate, has submitted the plans for a new foyer, street level bar, studio performance and meeting space, and disabled access in what is currently the theatre’s staff car park. The Grade II Listed theatre, built in 1782, is owned by amateur dramatics group F...

Boost Business Lancashire Lands £6m Three Year Extension

Boost Business Lancashire, the county’s business growth hub, has been given £6m to continue delivering wide ranging support for ambitious high growth businesses and start-ups. The award-winning business support service which has helped over 5,000 Lancashire businesses has received a significant financial boost that will enable the support to continue until 2021. £3.65m of the funding...

Launch of the Lancaster Story

A major new project to give the Lancaster region a stronger and more competitive advantage has been launched to business leaders and community representatives. The launch of the Lancaster Story will feature a number of influential speakers including Si Bellamy OBE, head of Eden Project International. As excitement builds following the recent announcement of Eden’s proposed new attrac...

#LancashireDay Trends Across The Globe

A rally cry was put out and Lancashire answered. Marketing Lancashire’s annual campaign to get Lancashire Day trending on social media broke records with a potential reach of more than 173 million – a huge 133 per cent rise on the 74 million achieved in 2017. Marketing Lancashire social media activity on the day itself achieved over half a million impressions. Lancastrians from across Eur...

Driving Positive Workplace Mental Health

It’s a subject widely discussed – the now famous Stevenson/Farmer report Thriving at Work finding 15 per cent of employees have displayed at least one symptom of a mental health condition, the wide-ranging effect of mental ill health is clear to see. But, as an employer, how do you help your employees care for themselves? The same report offered some help, making recommendations for ...

IT Business Heads For Growth With Boost

A Lancashire software business aims to secure three additional NHS trust contracts and grow its team over the next 12 months after receiving help from specialists in business support. Meantime has designed and developed a programme called Audit Management and Tracking (AMaT) which streamlines a trust’s auditing process and helps it become more efficient. Business owner Fenner Pearson...

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...