BUSINESS leaders have been urged by Lancashire County Council to make the most of funded business support while they still can.

Almost a year has passed since Lancashire’s business growth hub, Boost, launched its Ask For Help service for business leaders experiencing difficulties due to the pandemic.

The support will remains available for the time being for firms across all kinds of different sectors, with Lancashire County Council cabinet member for economic development, environment and planning Michael Green urging anyone in need to come forward.

He said: “Every company in Lancashire has felt the impact of the coronavirus during the past year and through Boost, Lancashire County Council has supported its businesses since the very start of the pandemic.

“Boost’s ask for help service, launched on the first day of UK lockdown, has meant more than 2,700 businesses have received direct Covid-related guidance from a member of the boost team over the past year, with thousands more using Boost’s online tips and advice.

“Boost has also worked with the government and other bodies to make a wide range of specialist guidance available to businesses on issues including Covid-19 recovery, Brexit and building a more resilient business.

“As the economy begins to rebuild and business owners and managers look to the future, we urge them to act now and make the most of the fully-funded support available by getting in touch with Boost.”

Boost is led by the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership and Lancashire County Council and supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund, the county council itself and from the government.

Brexit adjustment support meanwhile will come to an end on March 31 with firms advised to come forward will they still can.

Boost project manager Andrew Leeming said: “Wherever you are on your business recovery journey, and whatever issues you’re facing, Boost will be able to help or point you in the right direction.

“All it takes is a conversation with our team, get in touch now and see how we can help.”

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