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 ...

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...