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Business Support

Please click on the links below to find out what business support and financial assistance is available in the Lancaster district. 

Boost Business Lancashire  has been developed by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.  Boost offers a range of services, some 100% funded, including: growth mentoring, peer-to-peer networking, pre-start and early start business advice and the national GrowthAccelerator programme.

Business in You is a government initiative providing a wealth of information and help to SMEs and people wanting to start or grow their own business.

GOV.UK provides comprehensive information and support relating to the raising and managing of business finance, and what to do in cases of financial difficulty.

HM Revenue & Customs provides a range of guidance and support to help people in business or starting up a business to get their tax affairs right.  Support ranges from e-learning course, mobile phone apps and a dedicated Youtube channel.

Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce promotes the interests of businesses throughout the whole of Lancaster District. Through its affiliation to the Association of British Chambers of Commerce it has links throughout the UK, the European Union and world-wide. 

A range of services and facilities is available to members including:

  • Networking Opportunities - Business 2 Business lunches and exhibitions, briefings, seminars, trade sector meetings and social events.
  • Meeting Room Facilities - a well-equipped and spacious meeting room available to hire at reduced rates for Members.
  • Representation - the Chamber acts as the independent voice of business in Lancaster District, helping to promote your best interests at a local, regional and national level.   

Enterprise4All can, in certain circumstances, provide a comprehensive range of flexible support to people considering self employment under the Intensive Start Up Support contract.

One-to-one advice is available on a wide variety of issues including business planning, finance, marketing and legal requirements.

Regenerate Pennine Lancashire provides a number of services to help businesses across Lancashire, including the Lancaster District, start and grow with free advice, finance and workshops.

Business Bitesized Training  - courses run by Lancaster & Morecambe College in Partnership with the Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce. For business owners looking to quickly update their skills in a specific area.

Funding Circle is an online marketplace to help businesses find low cost loans quickly, and investors get better returns. By directly connecting people who want to invest money with vetted, established businesses who want to borrow money, Funding Circle eliminates the cost and complexity of the banking world.

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