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Support directory

Welcome to the Boost business support directory. Within here you will further details of our funded Boost programmes, as well as an up-to-date directory of other available business support in Lancashire.

Don’t know where to start? We have an experienced team of relationship managers who can save you time and money by matching and introducing you to the support that’s best for you.

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Support Available

  • Access Fund – Connecting East Lancashire

    Are you a Lancashire employer who wants to help your people improve their health and well-being (plus the environment) by encouraging cycling or walking to work?

    Full programme information
  • Access to Employment

    Are you looking to recruit and train new staff for your growing business? Having problems finding and keeping employees? Access to Employment has been developed with these needs in mind.

    Full programme information
  • Access to Finance

    Are you looking to grow your business but struggling to find the finance to make it happen? Are you considering alternative sources of finance like venture capital, business angel investment or crowdfunding and need further specialist support?

    Full programme information
  • Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre NW

    AMRC NW, based in Preston, is a world leading advanced manufacturing centre supporting manufacturers to engage with and adopt new technologies, processes and materials to reduce costs and drive efficiencies.

    Full programme information
  • Apprenticeships

    Do you need skilled workers to safeguard the future of your business? Are you looking for new ideas and energy in your business? Offering apprenticeships can help your business grow.

    Full programme information
  • Be the Business Boards

    Be the Business Boards offers a range of activities in Lancashire aimed at encouraging business leaders to share and learn from each other and designed to fit in around the demands of running a business.

    Full programme information
  • Better Business for All

    Do you need help understanding what regulations apply to your business and ensuring you achieve and maintain compliance? BBfA is a government initiative to help you do this.

    Full programme information
  • Building Successful Futures

    This project offers partially-funded support to boost skills in businesses. Building Successful Futures will help businesses to upskill the workforce through a wide range of different programmes.

    Full programme information
  • Business Excellence Programmes

    Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) has developed a range of new programmes starting in 2022 to help Lancashire SMEs to innovate, develop and grow.

    Full programme information
  • Business Health Matters

    A successful business begins with a healthy team! By bringing together a range of local and national partners, including Active Lancashire, Lancashire Mind and UCLan, Business Health Matters supports local businesses in improving the physical and mental health of their employees so that staff are happier, healthier and more productive.

    Full programme information
  • Business Improvement Programme

    RKMS deliver 95% funded change management programmes that embed modern cultures of continuous improvement where client organisations embrace new levels of productivity and customer focus from within.

    Full programme information
  • Business Model Innovation

    Online peer-learning programme, from the Lancashire Forum, specifically designed to help Lancashire SMEs understand how they can create, deliver and capture value differently in order to withstand external forces and market crises.

    Full programme information
  • Business Relationship Management

    Do you want a tailored business growth plan for your company and introductions to relevant support for growing Lancashire businesses?

    Full programme information
  • Campus Capital

    Access the capital you need to grow your business. Venture Capital investment up to £200k available for high-growth potential technology and science companies in Lancashire.

    Full programme information
  • Chamber Low Carbon

    Are you a Lancashire-based business? Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint, save money and drive energy efficiencies?

    Full programme information
  • Covid-19 Risk Dashboard

    Risk Dashboard is an innovative software tool available to Lancashire businesses to help keep them secure and alive. Lancashire businesses can use the tool for free. Please use the code BOOST20.

    Full programme information
  • Crowdcube

    Looking to raise growth finance for your start-up, early stage or growing business? Do you want to retain control of raising finance while building a crowd of investors who believe in your business?

    Full programme information
  • Digital Boost

    Digital Boost supports small businesses and charities to develop the essential digital skills they need to adopt new digital ways of working and grow their businesses

    Full programme information
  • Digital Creative

    We can help Lancashire SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs in the digital and creative sector grow with advice, practical help, workshops, masterclasses and research or through collaboration.

    Full programme information
  • Digitalplus

    Are you bamboozled by social media? Mystified by SEO? Know that VR and AR could improve your business but you're not sure how? Digitalplus will give you impartial advice and practical support to learn more about these digital tools and how to use them to boost your business.

    Full programme information
  • DigitME2 – Support for Manufacturers

    Are you a Lancashire manufacturing business needing support with assessing your current technology levels, developing your manufacturing processes, growing your business and becoming 'Industry 4.0' ready?

    Full programme information
  • Eco-I North West

    Become a low carbon business ready for the future! The business landscape has changed. The transition to a low carbon economy has already begun. Let us help you change the way you do business by adopting low carbon business solutions.

    Full programme information
  • Education Landscape

    Collaborating with education and training to benefit your business

    Full programme information
  • Embrace Digital

    Are you a Lancashire based business looking to use digital tools and platforms to grow, streamline processes or become more digitally resilient? This programme of workshops and 1:1 support will help you to find the right digital tools in the areas of productivity, marketing, ecommerce and cloud accounting.

    Full programme information
  • European Space Agency Business Applications

    From international transport to rural education, ESA Business Applications has enabled data from satellites to transform businesses. We have already invested over £500m in launching innovative services in businesses.

    Full programme information
  • European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre UK

    The ESA BIC UK provides access to funding, expertise and networks to support entrepreneurs and start-ups utilising space technology to grow.

    Full programme information
  • Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund

    The Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund aims to help employers in the Greater Manchester and Lancashire areas to address their specialist digital skills needs through short, innovative, bespoke training.

    Full programme information
  • Fit For Nuclear (F4N)

    Are you a manufacturing or engineering business aspiring to enter the nuclear supply chain - in new build, operations and decommissioning?

    Full programme information
  • Foreign Owned Company Support

    Are you an existing company in Lancashire with an overseas parent company? Would you like help securing more investment and / or support for further expansion in Lancashire?

    Full programme information
  • Funding Circle

    Are you looking for a quick and affordable loan of up to £1m for your growing business without the costs and complexity of dealing with a bank?

    Full programme information
  • Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

    The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme supports the cost of installing full fibre broadband connections direct to businesses for the fastest and most reliable gigabit-capable broadband speeds available.

    Full programme information
  • Grow your new business

    Been trading for less than three years and keen to grow your business? Do you have the potential to scale-up? Do you want to win bigger customers?

    Full programme information
  • HeadsUp! Digital productivity training

    Are you a small business owner fed up with admin taking too much time away from achieving your goals? Receive up to 10 hours of free training worth £1,000 covering finance, marketing, people and time management.

    Full programme information
  • Health Innovation Campus

    As part of Lancaster University's £41m Health Innovation Campus there are fully-funded opportunities for SME businesses in Lancashire to grow and innovate in health.

    Full programme information
  • Help to Grow: Management

    Take your business to the next level with Help to Grow. Develop your strategic leadership skills, and boost your business's long-term growth.

    Full programme information
  • IN4.0 ACCESS

    Are you the leader of a North West SME business who wants to grow and scale using industrial digital technologies? The IN4.0 ACCESS Accelerator provides access to tools and techniques that can help businesses succeed.

    Full programme information
  • Innovation Clinic

    Are you looking to grow your business by launching a new product? Need advice on how feasible your product idea is, help to design, develop and test the product or support in developing a launch strategy?

    Full programme information
  • International Trade Services – East Lancashire

    Are you a business based in East Lancashire? Does your business need to compete in international markets? Are you looking to international markets to increase sales, reduce costs or grow your business?

    Full programme information
  • International Trade Services – North and West Lancashire

    Are you a business based in North or West Lancashire? Does your business need to compete in international markets? Are you looking to international markets to increase sales, reduce costs or grow your business?

    Full programme information
  • International Trade Services (DIT)

    Before entering any new international market, it is essential to make informed decisions based on knowledge, research and strategic planning. We offer fully-funded impartial advice through our team of trade and e-commerce advisers to nurture your international ambitions.

    Full programme information
  • Internationalisation Fund

    The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) are designed to support businesses looking to grow their international trade. SMEs can apply for match-funded grants of between £1,000 and £9,000 which will be available for proposed future activities (subject to eligibility).

    Full programme information
  • Investment Readiness Programme

    There’s more money than ever before but most SMEs fail to raise investment! Led by experienced venture capital investors, we help SMEs prepare for venture capital, angel investment and crowd funding and can introduce you to investors.

    Full programme information
  • Kickstart (powered by Digital Boost)

    Digital Boost has launched a customised version of the Government's £2 billion Kickstart to help small businesses and charities take on fully funded young employees.

    Full programme information
  • Lancashire County Council Training

    Are you looking to develop your skills or those of your staff? The Learning and Development Service at Lancashire County Council offer a wide variety of Personal Development, Leadership & Management and IT Training courses.

    Full programme information
  • Lancashire Cyber Foundry

    The Lancashire Cyber Foundry (LCF) has been created to share the expertise of Lancaster University with businesses to prepare them for their digital future.

    Full programme information
  • Lancashire Forum

    Are you looking to develop yourself as a leader in addition to growing your business? Want insights and inspiration from leading business experts while building up a network of fellow business owners from across Lancashire?

    Full programme information
  • Lancashire Forum – Creative

    Are you the owner of or a senior manager in a Lancashire creative or digital business? Would you benefit from sector specific leadership development workshops and the opportunity to network with a group of your peers?

    Full programme information
  • Lancashire Health Matters

    Lancashire Health Matters offers support and development to any innovative businesses across Lancashire capable of moving into the health and care sectors with new or existing products.

    Full programme information
  • Lancashire Technology Accelerator

    Are you a Lancashire digital / technology businesses who is looking for help to develop your software product(s) while scaling up your business?

    Full programme information
  • LCC Employment and Support Team

    Do you need help to find suitable staff for your growing business? Could you offer Lancashire County Council's Looked After Children, or young people leaving care work experience or employment opportunities?

    Full programme information
  • Leading Lancashire

    The fully-funded Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualifications are designed to build an effective and agile management team that can help your business to be more resilient, stay focused and continue to grow.

    Full programme information
  • Lean Manufacturing Programme

    RKMS deliver 95% funded change management programmes that embed modern cultures of continuous improvement where client organisations embrace new levels of productivity and customer focus from within.

    Full programme information
  • Made Smarter

    Are you a manufacturing company curious about how digital technology might help your business? Or are you a digital service provider looking to support manufacturers?

    Full programme information
  • Made Smarter Leadership Programme

    Have you got the leadership skills and know how to manage the adoption of Industrial Digital Technologies by your business?

    Full programme information
  • Making Carbon Work (MaCaW)

    Are you a Lancashire SME business looking for grant funding and funded support to reduce your carbon footprint? UCLan’s MaCaW (Making Carbon Work) programme can help you.

    Full programme information
  • Manufacturing Connect

    Manufacturing Connect helps SMEs understand digital business technologies, how these technologies can make business improvements, and how to tackle some of the common pitfalls during implementation. Advice is provided by technology experts and manufacturing SMEs. Manufacturing Connect focuses on customer relationship management, material resource planning and production planning technologies.

    Full programme information
  • New Enterprise Allowance

    Are you over 18, and have a great new business idea? Do you (or your partner) currently receive Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance or Income Support? You could get help to start up in business.

    Full programme information
  • Next Generation Chemistry Hub (NextGenChem)

    NextGenChem is a Lancashire-based Hub for chemistry innovation. Our mission is to help local businesses to develop next-generation technology solutions, improved products and novel materials. We are looking to engage with innovation hungry Lancashire SMEs in chemical-using industries.

    Full programme information
  • North West Aerospace Alliance

    Are you a Lancashire business working in, or aspiring to work within, the aerospace sector? Do you need help to promote your business within the sector and to keep abreast of trends and developments affecting your industry?

    Full programme information
  • Northern Automotive Alliance

    Is your business in the automotive industry or the sector supply chain? Are you looking to improve business practices, increase sustainability, become more competitive and boost profits?

    Full programme information
  • Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

    Are you looking for growth finance to help you achieve your ambitions? Whether you're an entrepreneur, a start-up or an established SME business the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) has a range of finance options for you.

    Full programme information
  • Peerworking

    Peerworking is a client-focused approach to networking, held bi-weekly for business professionals to attend, receive advice and share best practice. This brings the business community together, creating a powerful support network which offers solutions to difficulties and challenges ways of working to open new pathways for development, success and profits.

    Full programme information
  • Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme

    Are you aged between 18 and 30 and unemployed (or working fewer than 16 hours per week)? You could get help from the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme to help you to start up in business.

    Full programme information
  • Productivity & Innovation Centre

    Which aspects of your business model are hindering your growth? How will you increase and optimise your pipeline of profitable customers and projects? Or are there changes to your service design, structure, or business processes that would improve your productivity? Unsure or need support? The Productivity & Innovation Centre can help.

    Full programme information
  • Propel 2 Grow

    Do you have growth aspirations for your business, but you need help to unlock its potential? If that sounds like your business, then the Propel 2 Grow programme is for you.

    Full programme information
  • Rosebud Rebound fund

    Following the impact of Coronavirus, the traditional Rosebud Fund has been renewed to allow for a more flexible approach to finance for businesses of all shapes and sizes across Lancashire. Our Rosebud team have worked hard to ensure that businesses have a fast and flexible way to access finance for their business.

    Full programme information
  • Rural Community Energy Fund

    The purpose of the £1 million Rural Community Energy Fund is to provide feasibility and project development grant funding to rural community groups that want to develop their own renewable energy projects.

    Full programme information
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council CERN Business Incubation Centre

    The STFC CERN Business incubation Centre offers extensive support to entrepreneurs aiming to take high energy physics technologies from an initial innovative concept to market.

    Full programme information
  • Seedrs

    Do you want to raise investment to finance your startup or growing business? Considering crowdfunding but need legal advice and support to easily present your business to a large community of potential investors?

    Full programme information
  • Skills Support for the Workforce

    Are you looking for training for your staff to support your business? Do you want to invest in developing your workforce to improve staff motivation, retention and productivity? Skills Support for the Workforce can help.

    Full programme information
  • Start Up Loans

    Are you starting a new business or been trading for less than two years and need finance for your new business? Looking to borrow between £500 and £25,000 over one to five years to help your business grow?

    Full programme information
  • Supporting Technical Education in Lancashire (STELa)

    The STELa project is supporting Lancashire’s SMEs to overcome the barriers to providing industrial or other work placements to Lancashire’s students. If you aren’t sure how placements work, or what you would need to do as an employer then the STELa Project can provide you with support and advice.

    Full programme information
  • Tech Nation

    Tech Nation is the UK network for ambitious tech entrepreneurs. It empowers entrepreneurs to grow faster through growth programmes, digital entrepreneurship skills, a visa scheme for exceptional talent, and championing the UK’s digital sector through data, stories and media campaigns.

    Full programme information
  • The Intellectual Property Office (IPO)

    Do you need help identifying and protecting the intellectual property you own and use in your business? When properly managed, the value of your IP can far outweigh the physical assets, accounting for over 70% of your business’ value.

    Full programme information
  • U Start

    U Start will support students, graduates and university staff to unlock their entrepreneurial potential and become enterprise ready. The project will also support student, graduate and university staff start-ups to increase their resilience and enable them to be growth ready.

    Full programme information
  • UNITEplus

    UNITEplus brings together Lancashire SMEs wanting to develop capacity through the uptake of new tools and techniques, with students and graduates looking for high quality placements in Lancashire.

    Full programme information
  • Upskilling Lancashire

    Are you a Lancashire based SME looking to increase the skills and capabilities of your workforce? UCLan’s Upskilling Lancashire provides free advice and support enabling businesses to gain new skills and fill knowledge gaps.

    Full programme information
  • Upskilling the Health and Social Care Workforce across Lancashire

    If you are an SME that positively contributes to improving health and wellbeing outcomes in Lancashire, this is for you. A free, bespoke offer that takes a holistic look at your organisation to identify and address where you, your business and your team can develop.

    Full programme information

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