Support programme for start-ups in Lancashire

CITY: Companies are being offered a helping hand
CITY: Companies are being offered a helping hand
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More than 20 of Lancashire’s newest entrepreneurs are the first to benefit from a new start-up business support programme funded by Boost Business Lancashire, the county’s £7.8m business growth hub.

And there are still places on the future “Lean Launchpad” sessions, organisers have stressed.

Boost Business Lancashire is led by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and Lancashire County Council and supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

As part of the fully-funded Growth Support Programme, delivered by Winning Pitch and Enterprise4All, ambitious entrepreneurs can attend a two-day Lean Launchpad masterclass, equipping them with the skills to maximise the potential of their new enterprise.

The first group of 23 entrepreneurs attended their masterclass at the Blackburn Enterprise Centre, which focused on the concept of Lean Start-up and scaling for growth.

Places are currently available for forthcoming Lean Launchpad events in Preston, May 12 and 19; Lancaster, June 14 and 21; Chorley, July 13 and 20; Burnley, August 4 and 11; and Blackpool, September 13 and 20.

Venues are to be confirmed.

The support helps entrepreneurs to market-test their “big idea” and business model, consider relevant sources of finance, and put plans in place fo r business growth and personal development.

Rona McFall, Head of Entrepreneurial Solutions at Winning Pitch commented: “The number of attendees and the strength of their feedback really shows how useful this type of support is for anyone starting out in business with a great idea and ambitious goals.”

Amin Vepari, Operations Director at Enterprise4All added: “Starting a new business is tough, and many new enterprises don’t survive their first year trading.

“By fully testing that their business model, idea and plan satisfies their target market, and can be scaled effectively we can increase their chances of success.”

For more information about the programme or to apply, visit www.boostbusinesslancashire.co.uk