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West Lancashire Region

BUSINESS ADVICE LINKS

Working closely with clients using our telephone answering service, we often get asked questions about business development, and understand the difficulties that busy people have in finding the time to plan for growth. While every business is different, there are a vast number of resources out there to make the planning and implementing of development strategies that bit easier. We hope you find the information on this page useful.

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North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

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The North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce (NWLCC) is open to any business, irrespective of size. The organisation provides business support, training, events and access to international trade for importers and exporters. The NWLCC has a range of annual membership costs depending on the size of your business.

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

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The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund provides finance through a range of funds. NPIF provides over £400m of investment to boost growth in the North of England including up to £100k in microfinance, £750k in debt finance and £2m in equity finance.

Growth Vouchers

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Growth Vouchers are a financial support programme that provide support through purchasing private sector expertise. Vouchers can be used by businesses to help with development projects such as prototyping, intellectual property issues, marketing and software.

Let’s talk Apprentices

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The Let’s talk Apprentices Grant helps West Lancashire businesses recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment through the apprenticeship programme. Grants of £1000 are available towards recruiting an apprentice for your business.

BNI Lancashire/Merseyside

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The BNI is one of the world’s most popular business networking groups. Across Lancashire and Merseyside there are many different chapters to choose to visit for network meetings. It has fast become a proven way to create regular, genuine, referral opportunities.

West lancashire Borough Council

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If you’re a local business looking to grow your business the West Lancashire Borough Council is a good place to start. There is a wealth of information on the business support page for companies looking for specialist help with business mentoring, funding, recruitment and networking. Contact the Council’s Economic Regeneration team for more information.

Business Finance Solutions

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Business Finance Solutions operate the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund for the North West providing micro finance with loans of between £25,000 and £100,000. Interest rates typically will be between 8-15%, and the term of the loan can be between 1 to 5 years.

Access to Finance

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Access to Finance service helps Lancashire businesses in raising finance to fund their growth. Boost specialists provide one-to-one support in helping businesses to develop business plans, financial forecasts, investment readiness and applications for funding.

North Lancs Training Group

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The North Lancs Training Group provide support for employer looking to recruit and train new apprentices or develop the skills of their workforce. Apprenticeships are nationally recognised, work based training programmes which allow you to bring new talent through the ranks.

OWL Business Focus

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OWL Business Focus is based in Ormskirk, West Lancashire and hold monthly breakfast meetings on the first Tuesday of every month. Local businesses are invited to join the structured networking sessions to meet and get to know other local business people.

Boost Business Lancashire

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Boost is the region’s Business Growth Hub, with the principal aim of helping businesses grow. The service offers businesses of all sizes a range of support from crowd-funding through start-up loans, growth vouchers, and business finance. The service has helped over 2,400 businesses and provides one-on-one mentoring, training courses and bespoke advice.

Rosebud Business Finance

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Finance for Businesses in high-growth sectors such as advanced manufacturing, aerospace, finance and creative and digital. Rosebud Micro provides finance from £10,000 to £49,000, and Rosebud business finance provides funding from £50,000.

Transmit Start Ups

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Transmit Start-Ups is an official delivery partner of the Start-Up Loans Company, a Government initiative. Start Up Loans are available from £500 up to £25,000 with each case assessed separately based on the business plan. The service also provides a business mentor.

West Lancashire College

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West Lancashire College offer a wide selection of Apprenticeships available for training staff at various levels, and provide employers help with the process of taking on an apprentice. Training programmes are designed to have minimal impact on working hours.

Shout Network

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Shout Network run a number of meetings on a fortnightly basis across the region. The meetings are single sector only (only one business from that specific sector) and bring together a wide variety of business people to build business relationships.