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 ...

Make Data Protection Your Business

Data protection regulation is set to change on 25 May this year to give people more control over their data. These laws cover how you collect, use and store people’s personal data. Your customers, employees and other individuals need to be able to trust you to look after and use their personal data properly and safely. Knowing they can trust you is good for your business or organisation a...

Is Your Business Ready For Digital Marketing Success?

Lauren Grice, Head of Partnerships at Bespoke Digital Agency, a Boost & Co member, offers some advice on how growing businesses can increase their odds of digital marketing success. Why can some businesses use digital to dominate their sector whilst others invest time and money with only modest success? The businesses that dominate through digital follow many of the same princ...

8 Ways To Create A High Growth Future For Your Business

John Leach, chairman of Winning Pitch, explores some more ways businesses can create opportunities for high growth. High Growth companies spend more time than their competitors with customers, living in the future. They invest time in developing new insights and strategically positioning themselves for that next big opportunity. Studies show there is nothing more prolific than change...

Intellectual Property & International Trade Event

A breakfast event later this month (18th April) will give Lancashire business advisors the opportunity to find out more about what government support is available to help their clients grow, protect their innovations and trade internationally. Hosted by Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, the event at the Best Western Samlesbury Hotel is part of the #GrowingLancashire campaign whic...

One In Five Lancashire Workplaces Allow Pets In The Office

April is officially National Pet Month and according to new research, one-fifth of Lancashire workplaces now allow employees to bring pets into the office, yet a similar proportion (22%) of workers have complained about the furry companions. The topical survey by online job board CV-Library found that when it comes to the personal effect of animals in the workplace, there is clear evidenc...

Tax Planning For Year End

As the end of the tax year approaches there are certain planning opportunities for taxpayers to be aware of. Income Tax There are several thresholds to avoid otherwise you may pay more tax than you need to. If you can control the timing of your income such as bonuses or dividends then be aware of the following: There is no tax on the first £5,000 of dividends, and this ‘Dividend...

100 Entrepreneurs Attend Lancashire Growth Summit

More than 100 entrepreneurs from across Lancashire gathered yesterday for a major growth summit aimed at supporting new and growing businesses in the county. Hosted by Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, the event was part of the #GrowingLancashire campaign which aims to advise and assist more than 4,000 businesses in the county by the end of 2018. Speakers on the day included E...

Barclays Celebrates North West Women In Business

Barclays is looking for Lancashire’s top female business talent as it launches their second Celebrating North West Women in Business Awards. The awards will recognise women and businesses that have made an outstanding contribution to business in the North West region and were officially launched in Preston at a networking event at the Stanley House Hotel, Further Lane, Mellor. Award ...

Lancashire launches ESCALATE

Adults seeking work in Lancashire will be able to give their employment prospects a boost thanks to a new online tool from the Lancashire Skills & Employment Hub called ESCALATE. ESCALATE is a web-based tool which brings together for the very first time Lancashire’s varied opportunities available for those looking to start their journey into work. Opportunities, which are availab...

10 Principles For Leading A High-Growth Business

John Leach, chairman of Winning Pitch, outlines 10 ways for high-growth business leaders to help their business break through to the next level. 1. Develop yourself – Embrace change and commit to personal development. Only if you grow and develop yourself, will the business grow and develop. 2. Show leadership – Highly tuned leadership and management capability lies at the heart of s...

Call for Lancashire firms to take up Business Support Review

Ambitious Lancashire businesses are being encouraged to make the most of a free service that identifies where they might benefit from extra business support. The Business Support Review is offered by Boost – Lancashire’s £7.8m business growth hub – and enables growing businesses to meet with an experienced business advisor to understand their growth opportunities and challenges. Foll...

Businesses Urged To Access Funding For Workforce Growth

Businesses across Lancashire struggling to recruit the right candidates, or who are looking to grow their workforce, are being reminded to take advantage of a fully-funded support programme before the funding comes to an end in summer 2018. The Lancashire Employment and Skills Executive Partnership (LESEP) secured £6.7million in November 2016 from the Education and Skills Funding Agency...

Boost Teams Up For Business Start-Up Events

A series of free events will be held in Blackpool in February and March as part of a campaign to help start-up businesses in the town. Boost, Lancashire’s £7.8m business growth hub, is backing Blackpool Council’s Get Started campaign and will offer events aimed specifically at new and fledgling businesses. The sessions, to be delivered by Winning Pitch, will focus on issues including...

Red Rose Awards Reveals Final Shortlist

The final shortlist for this year’s Lancashire Business View Red Rose Awards has been announced, confirming the business hopefuls in with a chance of collecting a prestigious trophy in front of a 1,100-strong audience. Organisations of all sizes from every corner of the county across a wide variety of industries are represented on the final list of 150, who will now vie for success in 25 ...