Give your business the competitive edge

Developing a strong employee benefits package can make your business more attractive to potential new recruits and give you a cost effective edge over your rivals. Introducing a benefit such as company medical insurance can prove massively beneficial. By Richard Holden, Chase Templeton A key benefit is that you’ll be able to guarantee your employees enjoy prompt access to specialist clinic...

Business big hitters set to inspire

A top line-up of business high-flyers has been assembled for a new series of inspirational masterclasses at Lancaster University Management School. Starting this month, the masterclasses , which are supported by NatWest, will see the heads of some of the UK’s top businesses give unique insights into the stories behind the success of their companies. Masterclass speakers include: Loyd Gros...

Growing Lancashire company moves offices

One of Lancashire’s major business success stories is getting bigger and bigger. Digital marketing experts Get Your Mobi – who started life four years ago with just two laptops and a phone – have just moved into new state-of-the-art offices at Lancaster’s White Cross Business Park. The brainchild of entrepreneurs Lee Brady and Adam Blakey, Get Your Mobi now employs 40 staff, and has base...

Entrepreneurs need more support, says company boss

The businessman named Lancashire’s top entrepreneur has called for greater support to ensure the next generation of business leaders can flourish. Steve Pearson, the owner of Bamber Bridge-based specialist electronics manufacturer Remvox, won the Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Be Inspired Business Awards in 2014 and is among the nominees for the prize again this year. He said the ...

Back to news University's work with businesses wins funding

More than £3.1 million of funding has been awarded to Lancaster University, in recognition of its work with business – particularly small and medium, sized enterprises (SMEs). Lancaster has received the Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for the 2015-2016 academic year. The award is based on the University’s annual enterpr...

Free SME business review

Time is running out for small and medium enterprises to take advantage of The Manufacturing Institute’s Profit Programme – which starts with a free business review worth £1,500. Launched in 2013, the Programme is aimed at giving support to manufacturing SMEs right across the north west and has already delivered nearly £5m worth of savings and increased profits. To be eligible you will ne...

Lancashire business hub creates 400 new jobs in county

An ambitious business support project aimed at growing Lancashire’s economy has helped put more than 2,000 businesses on the path to growth. Latest figures show that businesses receiving support from Boost Business Lancashire, the county’s £7.2m growth hub, have already created, more than 400 new jobs with hundreds more roles planned to be created in the coming months. ...

Developing a Strategic Marketing Proposition for Lancashire

Invitation To Tender Developing a Strategic Marketing Proposition for Lancashire Project Brief Overview The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has made significant progress since it was established in 2011, building a portfolio of major strategic work programmes including: One of the largest Growth Deal allocations in the country, supporting a range of local economic development s...

Local support back on offer for business through Growth Hubs

Recent government figures show that for the first time in the UK there are now over 5m private sector businesses, an increase of 330,000 from 2013. There is therefore a renewed focus on ensuring that the right support is available to help fledgling businesses grow into substantial and long term enterprises. What is the right way to support both start-ups and growth? Looking at over 20 coun...

Lancashire firms planning for job creation

Almost nine out of 10 Lancashire businesses (86%) are planning to create new jobs in 2015 compared to 68% who had the same intention last year, according to a survey conducted by Boost Business Lancashire. The Lancashire Growth Forecast 2015 has found that half of businesses (50%) are also planning significant investment in developing a product or service this year, up from 26% in 2014. More ...

White Cross new cycle facilities

Businesses team up for new cycling facilities More than 50 companies based at a Lancaster business park have teamed up with Lancashire County Council to get new cycling facilities. White Cross Business Park has been granted the funding fromLancashire County Council's Sustainable Travel Team to create new showers and bike storage facilities. The business park i...

The Lancaster 'Space'

and the Lancaster and Morecambe Makers (LAMM) by Mark Keating In March there will be the launch of a new initiative on the White Cross Industrial Estate, the Lancaster 'Space' the home of the Lancaster and Morecambe Makers (LAMM). We will be having an official Launch on the 27th March with special guests from Lancashire County Council and an open invitation to all local busi...

Improving engineering careers - smaller companies

Colleagues in BIS have provided me with details regarding the above fund that is designed to support skills investment in small and medium sized engineering companies. I wanted to ensure that all hubs were aware of the opportunity that this fund could provide to small and medium sized engineering businesses in their areas. “Improving Engineering Skills in Smaller companies …#...

North West start-ups access over £1m

Enterprise4All (North West) Ltd, a business support agency in Lancashire, has hit a major milestone in helping over 150 new businesses secure over £1M loan funding with investment through the government-backed Start Up Loans scheme. "We see the Start Up Loans programme as a great addition to our existing portfolio of services," said Enterprise4Alls Chief Executive Rafik Adam. "Many of the bu...

Business is GREAT Britain and BT launch competition

We would like to call on your support in helping us raise awareness of the GREAT Faces of British Business competition Last year, Government’s Small Business:GREAT Ambition paper outlined its commitment to make it easier for small businesses to start and grow. The success of small businesses is central to the Government’s long term economic plan. Having motivational case stu...

Tech Partnership Training Fund

Providing funding for employers to invest in IT training What is the Tech Partnership Training Fund? The Tech Partnership Training Fund provides funding for employers to invest in IT training. The purpose is to stimulate increased investment in training which supports business growth and competitiveness. This fund is available as a result of a successful bid into the government’s Employer O...

PhD student interested to work with SMEs

PhD student interested to work with SMEs, to enhance research work, particularly those who have/are implementing Lean principles and processes. Joseph Bujak has 30 plus years' experience in the manufacture of friction material components for the commercial vehicle sector. He is a certificated A1 Trainer/Assessor and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Manufacturing Managemen...