Businesses in an East Lancashire borough can access funded business support after the council joined a partnership with Boost – Lancashire’s business growth hub run by Lancashire County Council.

The partnership has been created after Pendle Borough Council agreed to invest £305,000 into Boost through its UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) allocation.

Business owners and leaders looking to start, grow, and scale a business can access six core services through the new Boost partnership. They include:

  • Business support helpdesk – a service that offers advice and guidance on available local, national, and sector business support
  • Business advice service – a service that matches a business with an advisor and includes a business review, a business support action plan, business clinics, and regular updates
  • Growth catalyst – a service to help established businesses ready to take their business to the next level
  • Scale to thrive – an exclusive service for businesses over £1m turnover looking to scale 20 per cent year on year
  • Flying start – a service that helps people start a new business or grow a young business
  • Access to finance – a service that helps businesses find and secure the finance and funding they need

Boost also provides an online directory of all funded business support available in Lancashire, as well as an event directory, a knowledgeable hub, and information about private sector business support.

County councillor Aidy Riggott, cabinet member for economic development and growth at Lancashire County Council, said: “It’s been ten years of impact for Boost and we are firmly setting the dial towards the future with a comprehensive range of services to help more entrepreneurs and leaders start, grow and thrive, especially those that have not received support from Boost.

“We understand that our local Lancashire economies are unique and this new partnership will help us provide a tailored business support solution to local businesses and the people that run them.”

To find out what support is available and to check eligibility criteria, contact the Boost business support helpdesk on 0800 488 0057 or visit the Boost website at