Don’t miss out on £7.2m hub

Support: Andy Walker
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Ambitious Lancashire businesses are being urged to take advantage of a leading business support service before the £7.2m programme comes to an end.

Boost Business Lancashire, the county’s business growth hub, has so far supported 1,384 ambitious Lancashire businesses providing help in areas such as mentoring, leadership, access to finance, skills and innovation.

This figure includes 216 businesses in Preston, 122 in South Ribble, and 91 in Chorley, 75 in Fylde and 62 in Wyre.

The project, which was launched in June 2013, is the largest ever Lancashire business support programme for high-growth businesses and those with high-growth potential.

Andy Walker, head of business growth and innovation for Lancashire County Council, said: “Boost Business Lancashire is providing the region’s growth-hungry businesses with high-quality support from genuine business experts, equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to realise their growth aspirations.

“Funding for the programme has been secured to take us up to summer 2015, but businesses need to be signed up to receive support well in advance of the end of the programme to ensure the support is delivered in time. I would urge all Lancashire businesses that are serious about growing to use Boost before it’s too late.”

Natures Aid, the Preston-based manufacturer of nutritional health supplements, is one company that’s benefited from Boost Business Lancashire. The company, which employs 52 staff, produces and supplies over 200 products to independent retailers.

It identified an opportunity to grow and expand into international markets by creating a new e-business ordering system.