Boost; Lancashire's Business Growth Hub

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 second issue, which you can read below, stories include: - Co-working space opens its doors in Preston - Product launch predicted to boost turnover by 20% - Growing homecare agency to create ...

Top Tips on Sourcing Products for SMEs and Resellers

In this post, David Teasdale, General Manager of Dishwashers Direct , discusses a few tips to help businesses with sourcing products. When setting up a business there are many factors to consider, such as the seller, location, timing, budget and more. My first piece of advice is to never stop sourcing. It might feel great to fulfil orders and be busy, but you mustn’t stop actively searchi...

Lancashire businesses set to showcase expertise with Google

Lancashire digital agencies will be joining experts from Google to help businesses in the borough grow online. Preston-based agency Motionlab and the Google Digital Garage will be delivering free seminars to businesses on how they can use digital marketing to increase sales as part of the Wigan Digital Marketing Roadshow, on 7 June at DW Stadium. Dr Jayne Rodgers, from Google Digital...

MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY CENTRE (NCSC)

Since the global coordinated ransomware attack on thousands of private and public sector organisations across dozens of countries on Friday, there have been no sustained new attacks of that kind. But it is important to understand that the way these attacks work means that compromises of machines and networks that have already occurred may not yet have been detected, and that existing infection...

Why a blog is important to a small business…

From improving SEO to expanding brand awareness, there are many benefits of running a business blog. Nowadays more and more businesses are using blog posts to publish information to their customers. There are many benefits in doing so… SEO One of the main reasons a business or organisation will start a blog is to benefit from improved Google rankings and to gain organic traffic fr...

Speakers Announced for Women in Business Awards

Barclays has announced the speaker line-up for its awards ceremony of the inaugural North West Women in Business Awards. Launched last month, the awards aim to recognise successful women and businesses that have made an outstanding contribution to the North West region. The awards ceremony will take place at an exclusive awards lunch on Thursday 6th July at Tatton Park. Guest speakers...

What if your managers are your biggest barriers to growth?

In his final blog of the series, Richard Harrison of Geminus Training explores what can be done when a major barrier to business growth stems from within. We’re going to present our final blog in this series on a touchy subject. It’s commonplace that when the growth is driven by the workforce, the major barrier to growth is an internal source – and one which theoretically shouldn’t exist,...

Why changing mindsets can unlock new ideas

Richard Harrison, director of Geminus Training, looks at how changing mindsets can help you get the best out of your staff. Ultimately, one of the biggest barriers to accessing the knowledge, experience and particularly creativity is Communication Apprehension. What is this and how do we address this to get the best from our workforce? There is a common ‘fear’ within many people (inc...

Boost staff performance with valued incentives

In his previous blog, Richard Harrison of Boost & Co member Geminus Training explained how organisational innovation is driven by capitalising the knowledge, experience and creativity within your workforce. But how do we achieve that? There’s one very simple solution. It’s a common misconception that the way to get your staff to perform better is to incentivise them with financial rew...

Improve performance by combining engagement, productivity

In the first of a series of blogs, Richard Harrison of Boost & Co partner Geminus Training explores the ways in which businesses can achieve unparalleled growth. What’s the difference between innovation and employee engagement? Before you think too hard about this, it’s not a joke and there’s no great punchline. But there is a connection which can help you grow your business – substan...

Boost backs fast-growing portal for Lancashire businesses

Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub has given its backing to a fast-growing online portal for the county’s businesses. Boost has committed to working with Lancashare – an online resource to help support business owners and managers across the county by encouraging networking and cooperation. Lancashare aims to bring the county’s businesses together through a single resource where they ca...

How to raise your profile at work - and keep it there

Whenever I speak to people about raising their profile at work, I am generally met with horrified looks. There's a perception that anything we do that remotely toots our own horn, or blows our own trumpets, is deemed as "bragging" or "boasting". However, consider this, if you do not learn to articulate who you are, your experience and aspirations, how will others around you be able to open up ...

5 surefire tactics to boost your confidence at work

Confidence is one of the single largest issues that stops women from starting their own business, climbing the corporate ladder and working in a way that suits them. In May 2016, Facebook conducted an insightful piece of research called 'SheMeansBusiness'. It revealed that 2.7 million women in the UK (one in 10) would love to start their own enterprise but don’t . The research pointed to ...

How The Growing Club is helping Lancashire’s business women

A year ago, Boost & Co member, Jane Binnion and Rachel Holme launched The Growing Club – a business coaching club for female business owners and founders of charities and social enterprises. The first group of women to sign up has now completed the year long programme to grow their businesses. Here we shine a light on the club and how its members have benefitted. The Growing Club was ...

Why it’s important to keep your workforce engaged

Employee engagement at all levels is an important aspect of running any business, it might be considered by some to be a ‘fad’ but it plays a crucial role and isn’t something which is going away. Here, Craig Hines, business improvement consultant and project manager for Boost’s Propel 2 Grow Business Growth Programme, shares his experiences of working with Lancashire businesses and what t...

Mentoring support leads to job creation and business growth

A Lancashire-based steelworks has created five new jobs and won new business contracts worth £300,000 after receiving mentoring support through Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. Fusion Team Ltd in Pendle provides steelwork for the construction industry, from balconies and flooring to full structural frameworks and its clients include Aldi, Costa Coffee and KFC. The team, which collect...

Looking to grow your business or social enterprise?

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education and business support services. 10,000 Small Businesses is funded by Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation. The programme provides high-quality, practical education specifically tailored to the needs of UK small bu...

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 ...