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Business Support

We can help you to promote your business to reach new customers and let you know about opportunities to take part in local events.

Please let us have your contact details so that we can keep you informed about opportunities and projects relevant to your business.

Current examples of our joint work with local businesses include Leyland Town Team, which steers the work being undertaken in Leyland Town Centre, and the website, which provides internet promotion for local businesses.

For new businesses, we can offer advice on regulatory requirements such as Food Safety and Planning; we offer help to find premises and we can put you in touch with organisations who offer advice and funding options.

For growing businesses we can also supply contacts for business loans and other funding and we can help you connect to local networks and skills.

For new investors, we offer a single point of contact to help make it easy for you to access all the local support available.

Working with partner organisations, South Ribble Borough Council also offers support to help businesses find the staff they need for development. Businesses including Waitrose and Dr Oetker have already benefited from support from the Council, working with Jobcentre Plus and local colleges, for their new developments in the borough.


South Ribble offers space to grow, excellent connections, a strong skills base and a quality lifestyle. If you are thinking of starting your own business, expanding into larger premises, or establishing a new base in South Ribble then let us help you find commercial premises.

To find out more, please click the Find Premises tab
or contact Jennifer Clough on 01772 625567, email

Invest, grow and succeed in South Ribble.

We aim to maintain a supportive business environment, offering local contacts, links to support organisations and details of funding initiatives to help our businesses develop.

Whether you are considering starting your own business, growing your business, or moving into South Ribble we can help.

Supporting Businesses in South Ribble

The Queens Platinum Jubilee activity fund

Sport England have announced a new stream of funding - The Queens Platinum Jubilee activity fund. Please visit their website for full details: This is a great opportunity for clubs to access up to £10,000.


Grant funding to support Lancashire companies looking to grow their international trade.

Companies in Lancashire are being urged to take advantage of the Internationalisation Fund to assist with international growth aspirations.   The fund launched in 2020 and running until March 2023 will help businesses build back better following the pandemic.

In Lancashire SMEs can apply for match-funded grants of between £1,000 and £9,000 to support proposed future activities (subject to eligibility).  It is easy and simple to apply and companies applying for the grant will be assigned a dedicated International Trade Adviser to help them through the process and plan for future activities.

Lynne Gillen, DIT’s Export Manager for Lancashire said: “this is a great opportunity for companies to secure financial and professional support to assist with their international plans and growth aspirations.  The pandemic has affected the way we all do business and an export led recovery is crucial to the future success and prosperity of the region.”

Joe Murray, Group Chief Executive, from the specialist engineering company, Precision21 Ltd states “The DIT Internationalisation Fund is great way to expand and develop your export activities.With help and guidance from the Department for International Trade, we found the application process, clear and straight forward. We are looking forward to seeing the benefits of the project.”

Lee Whittaker, Head of Sales, at the Aerospace company EDM Ltd adds that “Compared with previous fund applications EDM have completed; we found the internationalisation fund process really simple, and we gained approval after a short period. The fund has supported EDM’s overseas marketing budget allowing the business to expand its overseas activities and increase exposure in the industry.”

SMEs across the North West have accessed the funding and are using it to support and accelerate projects that will help them reach customers around the world.

Lynne adds “Lancashire is in a great position with the level of funding it has secured. We need to make sure that companies fully utilise this opportunity not only to promote their own businesses internationally but contribute to the future growth of exports in the county”.

To find out more about the fund, please contact or call 07425 224023. 



You're invited to give your business a boost by signing up to the government-backed, 90% funded, Help to Grow: Management course.


  • Learn new skills 
  • Reach more customers 
  • Boost profits 
  • Management scheme 
  • 12 weeks of learning 
  • Enhance resilience , recovery and growth post Covid
  • One to one sessions with a mentor - 10 hours
  • Become part of the Manchester met business Alummi
  • Practical management training 
  • Business network expansion. 


  • Have to be the decision maker or member of the senior management team
  • SME business based in the UK 
  • Employ between 5 to 249 members of staff
  • Been operational for a year 
  • NO register charities or non profit organisations.


  • 90% from the government 
  • £750 paid by the business  once enrolled on the program.

So if you are a senior decision-maker at a small or medium sizes business get in touch today! 

Providing Environmental Health Advice to Businesses


Leaving the EU means businesses may need to prepare for change.

A number of resources have been created to help businesses and residents understand and prepare for the potential impacts of Brexit. Please see our EU Exit advice page for information.



South Ribble Borough Council
Civic Centre, West Paddock
Leyland, Lancashire PR25 1DH
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