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...

Looking to grow your business or social enterprise?

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses 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 business leaders....

Lancaster to benefit from high street regeneration programme

Lancaster has been named as one of 100 towns and cities across the UK to receive support from some of the country’s biggest brands in a bid to transform our high streets. Business in the Community’s Healthy High Streets programme aims to increase footfall by 10 per cent, reduce the number of vacant properties by 20 per cent and stimulate the creation of new jobs in 100 towns over three year...

Heysham power station breaks world record

A unit at Heysham nuclear power stations has claimed a new world record for continuous operation – 895 days.  Unit 8 at Heysham 2 beat the previous record held by a power plant in Canada. Ontario Power Generation’s Pickering 7’s 894 day continuous run between April 26 1992 and October 7 1994 had lasted for 22 years. John Munro, station director at Heysham 2, said: “This is a fantas...

Training on offer for hospitality and tourism businesses

A range of training courses aimed at benefiting tourism and hospitality businesses in Blackpool has been launched. Courses to train staff in areas including social media marketing, leadership and management and presentation and selling techniques are available at a subsidised rate at Blackpool and The Fylde College. Businesses operating in the tourism and hospitality sectors with an FY postc...

Business start up bus comes to Lancaster

Advice and support for aspiring entrepeneurs in Lancaster will be available in Market Square today, Monday July 11. Following a high-profile launch at Buckingham Palace as guests of the Duke of York, national enterprise campaign StartUp Britain will be in the city centre between 10am and 4.30pm New figures released by StartUp Britain for the tour show 340 new businesses were formed in Lanc...

Rosebud marks 30th anniversary with 220 jobs boost

Rosebud Finance, the finance package which helps Lancashire firms to grow, is celebrating a record period of job creation as it marks its 30th anniversary. Rosebud has helped to create more than 220 jobs since the start of the year – more than any other six-month period since it was established in June 1986. The figure includes over 200 jobs at Hinduja Global Solutions’ Preston call centre, ...

Lancaster business to pitch for share of £1m prize fund

After an extensive nationwide search, 3,000 entries, half a million votes and one Guinness World Record title, Lancaster start-up, Vibe Tickets, has made it through to the finale of the Virgin Media Business ‘VOOM 2016’ competition. Vibe Tickets is an ethical marketplace that connects fans so they can buy and sell tickets at face value. It allows users to transact on their own terms, cuts out...

39 growth hubs boost business support across the country

Thirty-nine growth hubs giving 4.7 million businesses across England ready access to the support they need to start up, scale up and create more jobs are now launched, Business Minister Anna Soubry announced today (14 May 2016) ahead of the start of Growth Hub Week. Growth hubs work across the country with local and national, public and private sector partners - such as Chambers of Commerce, ...

Expansion for web firm

Digital marketing experts Get Your Mobi are celebrating their fifth anniversary by unveiling plans for expansion. One of Lancashire’s major business success stories in recent years is set to get bigger with the company now looking to create further jobs and take its number of employees up to 100 in the next 18 months. Get Your Mobi started life in June 2011 with just two staff, a pair of l...

Capital grants available for growing Lancashire businesses

Are you going to invest at least £50k into your business within the next 12 months on new plant or equipment? The Lancashire Business Growth Fund can assist with up to 20% funding of the total project costs with a minimum grant of £10,000 for machinery/plant acquisition and infrastructure improvement. The Regional Growth Fund-supported Lancashire Business Growth Fund is a programme offering c...