TWO hundred Lancashire firms will benefit from a new business support programme tailored to the county’s ‘priority’ sectors.

Growth Sectors Support (GSS) will work with growing companies in the creative and digital, environmental, advanced manufacturing, aerospace and finance industries.

The 18-month programme is part of Boost Business Lancashire, the county’s £7.2million business growth hub aimed at growing the local economy by £20million and creating 1,200 new jobs by 2015.

Assistance includes tailored support, partial finance, and help in areas such as new product development, machinery acquisition and the development of e-business.

GSS will be delivered by Regenerate Pennine Lancashire.

Deputy director Hugh Roberts said: “This programme means that more businesses in the county will be able to access free business support to create jobs and compete on a national and international basis.”