More than 2,000 Lancashire businesses have benefited from a £7.2m fund, creating hundreds of new jobs.
Latest figures show that businesses receiving support from Boost Business Lancashire, the county’s growth hub, have already created more than 400 new jobs.
Boost has proved to be a very successful scheme that is directly helping companies in Lancashire to grow – safeguarding existing jobs and creating new ones.Coun Jennifer Mein
Hundreds more roles are planned to be created in the coming months. Of the jobs created so far, 134 of these are in Preston, Chorley and South Ribble.
Developed by Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and Lancashire County Council, Boost Business Lancashire was launched in June 2013 to provide free or part-funded business support in areas such as mentoring, leadership, access to finance, innovation and skills.
By targeting support at ambitious, growth-hungry businesses and start-ups, it aims to grow the county’s economy by £20m and create at least 1,200 new jobs and safeguard 700 more.
With current funding for the service due to come to end in the summer, growing businesses are being urged to make the most of the support on offer before it’s too late.
Coun Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council said: “Boost has proved to be a very successful scheme that is directly helping companies in Lancashire to grow – safeguarding existing jobs and creating new ones.
“Our message to business is simple – there is a lot of help out there. People should talk to Boost and see what advice and support could help their business to grow.”
Edwin Booth, chairman of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “We are focussed on providing opportunities to maximise growth and job creation across the whole of the county.
“Our aim is to help companies with high growth potential.”