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...

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 ...