Internal and external support

Boost Business Lancashire

Boost is one of 38 ‘Growth Hubs’ in the UK and is led by Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP). It helps business owners and leaders navigate the local, regional and national public and private sector business support landscape, to find the right assistance. It also delivers funded programmes for start-up, established and fast-growing businesses.

UCLAN – Business and Enterprise

The University of Central Lancashire is committed to providing support for businesses of all sizes and from all sectors, to improve performance, impact and competitiveness. Organisations can utilise the knowledge of Uclan’s internationally-recognised research centres, the expertise of staff, students and graduates, and the outstanding facilities the university has to offer.

Lancashire Skills & Employment Hub

Lancashire Skills & Employment Hub support the Lancashire Skills and Employment Advisory Panel which have responsibility for skills and employment priorities in Lancashire, and are part of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Their focus is to create the conditions for a balanced, skilled and inclusive labour market to underpin economic well-being, productivity and growth across the LEP area.

Federation of Small Businesses

Regardless of your size or development stage, every business owner has to comply with many forms of business regulation, ranging from the obvious like taxation and employment law to the less apparent things such as data protection, health & safety and contractual law. The FSB exists to help business owners to be compliant through advice, support, the documentation needed and even protection for when things do go wrong. So instead of having to deal with separate Solicitors, GDPR, HR and Health & Safety professionals, we do it all for you, and at a fraction of the cost because we have economies of scale and are non-profit making.

North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

The voice of business in Lancashire – the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce (NWLCC) is open to any business, irrespective of size. Members can access a range of practical services, networking and event opportunities, employee development programmes and national business support initiatives.


Supporting ex-forces and their families to start-up businesses
by providing them with Loans, Mentoring and Support. X-Forces have developed a simple yet effective five-step process to assist with the journey to successful business ownership.

Prince’s Trust

If you’re aged 18-30, unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week and have a business idea to explore, then The Prince’s Trust can help with the rest. They can help you to transform your idea into a watertight business plan, as well as support you with a fantastic package of training and funding.