GDPR countdown: Jumping in at the DPO End?

As we continue the countdown to the introduction of GDPR, Chris Hunter of HM Network explores the need for a Data Protection Officer within an organisation. Whether your organisation is required to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) or not, you will still need to comply. Obviously you can recruit a DPO, but you may find there is currently somewhat of a shortage. Alternatively, you ...

Season's Greetings from Boost Business Lancashire

We'd like to wish Lancashire's businesses a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018.

Search On For North West’s Most Outstanding small businesses

The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018 are open 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 ceremony in March and wi...

Free Marketing Workshop

L earn to effectively market your product or service. Cumbria Innovations Platform. Free Event: The University of Cumbria and the University of Lancaster have teamed up to provide local businesses (SMEs), or anyone thinking of setting up a business throughout Cumbria, the opportunity to attend our marketing workshop. During the event you will have the opportunity to a create a ...

How Do I Protect My Business’ Intellectual Property?

Dave Hopkins from the government’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) offers ten top tips for how Lancashire businesses can get the most from their intellectual property (IP). The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright. As part of my role with the IPO...

How Learning To Love Selling Can Transform Your Business

Hayley Caine of Selling Made Easier, a Boost & Co partner, looks at ways Lancashire business owners can improve performance by thinking about selling in a different way. Many business owners I’ve met over the last 20 years don’t like sales. Yet if they changed how they thought about sales they could vastly improve their results. My dad influenced my sales thinking from an early a...

Showcasing Lancashire’s Female Business Role Models

Wendy Bowers, director of training and mentoring company Role, discusses the importance of female role models in the business world and previews the Oysters and Pearls event which aims to inspire women who’ve lacked female role models. Most of the successful women I have worked with over the years can identify someone who was their female role model. Someone who inspired them and made the...

Digital Marketing Event Will Help Lancashire Businesses Grow

Experts from Google and digital marketing leaders from across the county will be hosting a day of free networking and learning opportunities in Preston to help businesses across Lancashire grow. The Google Digital Garage will be delivering a free seminar to businesses as part of the Preston Digital Marketing Roadshow taking place on November 8th from 9am – 3.30pm at Best Western Park Hal...

Boost To Sponsor Lancashire Business Festival – March 2018

The inaugural Lancashire Business Festival will take place in March 2018. This exciting new venture will be backed by Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub alongside organisations and companies in the county including MHA Moore and Smalley, the North & Western Chamber of Commerce, Shout Network, Lancashire Business View and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). The aim of ...

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...