Group mentoring supports growing Lancashire businesses

Mentoring delivered through Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, gives business owners the opportunity to receive a fresh perspective on their thinking, what they’re doing right (or wrong) and how to get better. Mentoring can be delivered one-to-one or to a group and here we shine a light on a group mentoring session for business owners delivered by Hayley Caine with a specific focus ...

The benefits of ‘women specific’ training courses

Through Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, there are a number of mentoring and training programmes available – including sessions set up for female business leaders in Lancashire. Here Wendy Bowers, founder of Lancashire-based coaching and mentoring business Role, talks about women specific training, the reason it’s available and the benefits of getting involved. I often get as...

Growth Mentoring

Do you want to grow your business but you’re not sure how to make it happen? Could you use the support and experience of a business person who has ‘been there and done it’? Growth Mentoring is a fully funded programme where your business is matched with a successful business person who’ll support you to tackle the challenges that you are facing in growing your business. These challenges c...

2017, expectations, overwhelm and keeping it real

Running a successful business, juggling family life and all other commitments isn’t easy – it can be a lot of hard work. But it can also be worth it. Jane Binnion, founder of The Growing Club, shares some words of wisdom as we move into 2017. Welcoming in a new year can be filled with both excitement and anticipation. 2016 was billed as a terrible year and many had high expectations of 20...

Business people learn how to supercharge their creativity

If there is one thing vital to success, it’s creativity - that was the message of a Masterclass delivered by Microsoft’s James Whittaker at Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) this week. The talk, entitled “The 7 Stages of Creativity: Developing Your Creative Self”, looked at how attendees could develop their creative mind and apply it to everything they do in work and life. Topics...

Digital agency joins the ‘free from’ movement

Leading digital agency Fat Media was recently commissioned to change theface of gluten free brand Too Good To Be Gluten Free’s. The Lancaster-based agency, which lists Lakeland, Macdonald Resorts, Jessops and Iceland among its client portfolio, won the pitch to develop an e-commerce website for the brand after their extensive work with its parent company, Addo Food Group. Fat Media w...

Growth support gives agency a boost to move forward

When colleagues Lucy Atkins and Martyn Bennett left their jobs to set up a company on their own, there were many unknowns – but following support from Boost, they’re now on the path to growth. The duo launched Blackburn-based marketing agency Infused Media Ltd in April 2016 and while they had the knowledge and skills in the field, they found advice from Boost’s Growth Support Programme was ju...

Telecoms firm relocates to accommodate growth

A growing telecoms provider has relocated to larger premises as part of its vision to grow its client base and create up to 20 jobs in the next five years, after receiving growth support from Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. Claritel Ltd, based at Daisyfield Business Centre in Blackburn, was launched by businessman Jay Motorwala in 2011 and specialises in a range of telecoms services,...

Young women are succeeding in UK business start-ups

New research shows young people in the UK are doing better in business start-ups than anyone else, particularly young women. Young women under 35 appear to have the magic touch when it comes to starting businesses, according to new research from  Microsoft Office 365 . The study looked in to who in Britain is spearheading the nation’s successful start-ups, while also revealing the ...

Lancashire launches £50m business growth campaign

#GrowingLancashire campaign aims to grow county’s economy by £50m by 2018   Campaign run by Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub following rebrand   Bid to support 4,118 Lancashire businesses, create 2,891 jobs and help establish 699 new businesses   Boost is led and run by Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and Lancashire County Council Leading figures from Lancash...

Red Rose Awards 2017 launched!

Businesses across Lancashire are being called on to enter the national award-winning Red Rose Awards, which will crown the county’s best firms across 26 categories. The 2016 event, which was organised by Lancashire Business View magazine, attracted more than 1,100 of the county’s top business people for the celebration at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens in March. The 2017 Awards will once...

The value of a business mentor, by a mentor

Here, Boost mentor Lindsey West, explains the difference a business mentor can make. Attending the Northern Business Mentoring Conference and marking National Mentoring Day really got me thinking about mentoring and why it works so well. I am a mentor for Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, which is focused on helping businesses across the county to grow. I do this because I am ...

Are you looking for start up finance in Lancashire?

Are you a new business which needs help to get the idea off the ground? New national figures from the Annual Impact Report for Start Up Loans 2016 highlight how many people have been helped with start up finance across the country. Here, Joanne Fulthorpe, business development manager at Hyndburn Enterprise Trust explains what this means in Lancashire. Start Up Loans are a government-backe...

Mentoring support helps evolving business to grow

A pair of friends who set up their own training business are already reaping the rewards, less than 12 months since it launched. Caroline Dakin and Sarah Brennan established Burnley-based Evolving Edge after more than 15 years working in learning and development for large organisations. They decided to set up in business in 2015, knowing they had the skills and experience to bring a ...

The new wave of flexible working.

There is a new way of working which is gaining popularity in the UK, and it is great news for parents who want a credible and flexible career option. This emerging movement is commonly known as the 'gig economy'. Using online freelancing platforms like Jobstoday Freelance, companies of all sizes can outsource projects, or 'gigs', to highly skilled workers who work on them remotely. The gig eco...

Business confidence in Lancashire ‘is on the up’

Lancashire is bucking the trend when it comes to business confidence following the EU referendum – thanks to the county’s strong manufacturing base, according to Boost and Co member Haworths Chartered Accountants. Mark Schofield of the Accrington-based firm shares his views following the release of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ quarterly business confidence repo...

Lancaster digital agency boosted by Google

Digital agency Fat Media have received the Premier Partner badge from global search engine Google. Earlier this year, digital account director David O’Keefe was invited to Google’s Munich office to find out more about Google’s Channel Partner programme. Google announced the new Premier Partner badge soon after and Fat Media have worked hard ever since to meet the standards required to...

Do you love something enough to make it your life’s work?

Running your own business won’t always be easy, but as the saying goes ‘choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’ Here, Wendy Bowers, founder of Lancashire-based coaching and mentoring business Role, talks about doing a job you love and how to make the most of that passion. What is Role and why did you set it up? Role’s mission is to release the true p...