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Supporting Businesses Start-Up

Are you interested in starting your own business? Advice is available from the Council to help you find premises, local information, networks links to advice programmes and details of regulations including Planning and Food Safety.

Please call 01772 625567 or email:  for details of the help available.

The council offers a range of services to help your business.
Please download our guide to how the council can support your business

Digital Boost 

In this free Masterclass, you'll learn how to know your customers and tailor your voice and pitch to match your target audience. Wednesday, 29 May10:00 - 11:00, BST

We work with partners to offer support for starting your business. If you would be interested in any future workshops to help guide you through starting and running a business, please can you email

Boost Startup Support

Flying StartThe Flying Start programme is created for pre-start businesses and those that have traded for less than three years and is delivered by an experienced team of qualified startup business advisers. 

Digital Creative - Boost can help Lancashire SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs in the digital and creative sector grow with advice, practical help, workshops, masterclasses and research or through collaboration.

Regional Talent Engines - The Regional Talent Engines is a six-month pre-accelerator programme through The Royal Academy of Engineering for early-stage start up founders in Northern England and Northern Ireland to transform great ideas into new engineering innovations.

Seedrs - Do you want to raise investment to finance your startup or growing business? Considering crowdfunding but need legal advice and support to easily present your business to a large community of potential investors?

Interested in a Fair and Sustainable Future for your Business? Learn about support for Worker-Cooperative and Employee Ownership models.

We're looking to support entrepreneurs seeking more than financial gain - those also wanting to positively impact their employees and community. Employee ownership and worker-owned co-operatives boost productivity, innovation, wellbeing, and job security. Whether you're launching a new start-up or planning a sustainable transition for your established business, we're ready to help you consider all of the options for your business model.



Direct To Consumer Sales Masterclass | Register for free (

One of Many Attractive Places to Start a Business

Start-Up Loans is a government-backed project lending up to £25,000 to people wanting to start a business or with a business less than 3 years old. All the information on Start-Up Loans, how to apply, the Start-Up Loans ambassadors and global partners can be found on their website:  New ‘second loans’ are available for businesses that have been trading for up to five year Loans to provide much-needed support for the UK’s innovators and entrepreneurs.


The Prince's Trust provide support to young people aged 18-30 who are interested in setting up their own business, through a 4 day course and loan funding from £500-£5000. You should be aged 18-30 and:

• Unemployed (you don’t have to be claiming benefits)
• Working less than 16 Hours a week
• In education less than 14 Hours a week
• Graduates who have been out of University for 6 months

Please call 0800 842 842 or 07904 972498 or apply online:

U Start - U Start will support students, graduates and university staff to unlock their entrepreneurial potential and become enterprise ready. The project will also support student, graduate and university staff start-ups to increase their resilience and enable them to be growth ready.

The Social Enterprise Lancashire Network or Selnet, is an organisation created to support social businesses across Lancashire. Selnet offers networking, support and events and also offers support through the Start-Up Lancashire programme.  

Social enterprises can apply for funding through the Reach Fund and First Ark Social Investment. Please see their webpages and our downloads page for details.

The Start Up Donut provides further useful information and resources for starting a new business.

Orvia offers free support to individuals wanting to start up in business or existing businesses wishing to diversify, expand, change direction, or grow. Please contact Orvia, on (01772) 429291 to find out if you could benefit. Please see the below document for further details.

Enterprise Nation 9 step guide to help your start up business succeed

Please follow the link to access Enterprise Nation's StartUp Hub, this offers free resources and workshops.

Enterprise Nation also offer a free StartUp toolkit which is accessible through this link:

IP for business: events, guidance, tools and case studies 

The GOV.UK website has a collection of intellectual property events, guidance, tools and case studies to help you create value from your ideas. Please follow the link below for further details:


General advice and support is also available via GOV.UK

Set up a business - GOV.UK (

Running a business from home - GOV.UK (

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