Backing Boost Business Lancashire

Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce has thrown its weight behind Boost Business Lancashire, the £7.8million ERDF-backed Lancashire Business Growth Hub. The Chamber has joined Boost & Co, a group aiming to stimulate growth among businesses across the county. Chamber members will be informed about and encouraged to take advantage of the range of business support programmes available...

LUMS to host prestigious Small Business Charter event

Representatives from business schools from across the country will be visiting the Management School on the 13th April for a Small Business Charter (SBC) workshop. The workshop will provide business schools with the opportunity to discuss challenges and best practice in supporting small businesses, student entrepreneurs and the local economy. The event will enable SBC award-holding schools, ...

Chairman of Wax Lyrical on turning around a business

Mike Armstead shared the story of how he picked a business up by its coattails at a Masterclass last week. When Mike took over home fragrance business Wax Lyrical in January 2007, the business had a turnover of £18m but was losing £5m. The company was hours from closure. He told an audience of business owners at Lancaster University Management School how, with a clear strategic focus, a lot ...

Rosebud Finance seeks ambitious Lancashire companies

Rosebud Finance , which provides growth funding for Lancashire businesses, is looking to expand its portfolio as it approaches its 30th anniversary later this year. Rosebud provides loan and equity finance for businesses in growth sectors such as aerospace, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, creative and digital, energy and environmental technology, and financial and professional services. ...

Lancashire’s largest business event

Lancashire Business Expo 2016, took place at the Guild Hall in Preston on Friday 4March. The event saw 164 exhibitors from a wide variety of sectors come together under one roof to promote their wares to the Lancashire business community. Ian Coupe from Shout Network, the organisers of the event, said: “We were thrilled with the event and have had some fantastic feedback from the exhibitors...

Chairman of Timpson shares his thoughts on staff engagement

The chairman of family-owned retailers Timpson has delivered a Masterclass on getting the best out of staff. Addressing a business audience at Lancaster University Management School on Wednesday, John Timpson CBE spoke about how to better engage with colleagues to ensure they feel a part of the business. Timpson is a multinational retailer specialising in shoe repairs, key cutting and engr...

How a non-executive director can help grow your business

Wayne Thomas, an Investment Director with Enterprise Ventures , one of our Boost & Co members, answers some of the common questions that companies ask when considering appointing a non-executive director (NXD). Why do I need a NXD? Most people who start small businesses do so because they have a passion for the product or service they want to provide, are good at what they do and ...

BAE Systems posts soaring profits in 2015

BAE Systems has released its full year financial results for 2015 and has seen sales and profits soar. The company, which employs around 13,000 people within its Military Air and Information business across 30 locations, including Warton and Samlesbury, saw 2015 operating profits rise from £1.3bn to £1.5bn as sales climbed 7.6 per cent to £17.9bn. The news comes off the back of the recent an...

Chairman to share his advice with leading businesses

The Chairman of family-owned jewellers Beaverbrooks will share his secrets to a successful business during an upcoming talk. Addressing a business audience at Lancaster University Management School on Wednesday, January 13, Mark Adlestone will be speaking about creating a culture of change within a large organisation, and more specifically, how profit, philanthropy, ethics and community can c...

Fit for Work employer referral service now live over Britain

Employers in England and Wales can nowrefer employees to Fit for Work. Businesses have been able to refer employees in Scotland since 29 June 2015. GPs have been referring working patients to Fit for Work nationwide since July 2015. Fit for Work is a free occupational health scheme that offers a £500 tax exemption to businesses per employee referred on medical grounds. For ...

Consultation on Labour Market exploitation

This consultation seeks views on a range of proposals to improve the effectiveness of the enforcement of employment rights to protect workers from exploitation. It will be of interest to employers, employees, trade unions and business representative bodies. The proposals include: Establishing a statutory Director of Labour Market Enforcement Creating a new offence of a...

Grossly unfair payment contractual terms and practices

Launch of Consultation on proposals for challenging “grossly unfair” payment contractual terms and practices The Government is welcoming views from across industry, particularly from business representative bodies and small businesses on proposals in this new consultation document published on Monday 26 October 2015. This document sets out how the Government proposes to change the U...

Baking giant to explain reasons behind business success

The head of Britain’s biggest bakery brand, Warburtons, is set to share the key reasons behind the company’s success. Addressing a business audience at Lancaster University Management School on October 15, Jonathan Warburton, Chairman of Warburtons –the UK’s most recognisable bakery brand which is bought by 86 per cent of households – will talk about how family values sit at the heart of the ...

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 ...