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

Funding opportunity for growing social enterprise in North Lancashire.

Shared Future is now seeking applications to our Participatory Investment Programme , that offers awards of between £500 and £3,000 to early stage social enterprises. More information on this opportunity is available here. The closing date for applications is the 20th of January 2016, with a ‘decision day’ on the 4th February. At the decision day the applicants will pitch their project to a community-wide audience who will vote on who will receive funding.

The role of Boost Business Lancashire  is to help growth-hungry Lancashire businesses realise their potential by providing simply access to a range of leading-edge funded programmes, delivered by specialists with a track record of supporting growth - of both start-ups and established businesses.

Lancaster City Council signpost support for existing businesses and people looking to start-up in the Lancaster area. Also offer a premises search facility and procurement opportunities. 

Lancashire County Council offer support with finance solutions (through Roseud Business Finance) grants and business development services.

Visit Lancashire LEAP for support including coaching, international trade, HR, finance and mentoring support. Eligible businesses across Lancashire can access a Start Up Boot Camp; HR Essential Seminars; an International Trade Coaching Support and seminar programme; Finance support, partial funding (50%) of up to £5,000, subject to eligibility criteria; ongoing business mentoring support for up to 2 years.

Enterprise Lancashire - Orvia offer advice and support to start-ups and existing businesses. This includes useful downloads, events, workshops and premises, plus signposting to relevant sources of finance, mentoring, coaching, training and networking opportunities.

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.
  • A range of training opportunities for businesses throughout the year including informative briefings, interactive workshops, training courses and interesting seminars. http://www.lancaster-chamber.org.uk/page/108/Training.htm 

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.

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.

Free, tailored support from Growth Sectors Support A team of experienced business advisors help to review the business needs and opportunities, plus access support to achieve growth potential. Projects supported include information technology, product development, quality management systems, process innovation, financial planning assistance and support to develop a marketing strategy.

Social Enterprise Solutions Provide support to individuals, community groups, charities, the private and the public sector, in the development of social businesses. Expertise includes Third Sector Stakeholder Mapping, Strategic and Business Development assistance and training, and Third Sector Marketing and Public Relations.

Enterprise Europe Network North West Provide free advice on a range of areas relating to strengthening your business via trading within and networking throughout Europe.

SELNET - Lancashire's Social Enterprise Network Offer specialist Social Enterprise business advice and support. Support includes an investment readiness service, information bank, training and links to other sources of support and information.

Free support from UCLan Innovation Clinic in engineering, innovation and business development to companies with high growth potential who want to strategically grow into new markets. This includes practical advice and support from people with relevant industry experience.

Access to Finance NW can assist SMEs with developing a business plan, coaching/mentoring, access to a network of finance providers (schemes are subject to eligibility), sourcing of suitable financial products.

Business Information Service available through the libraries in the North West. Support for pre-starts, new businesses and SMEs with patent information clinics, 24 hour reference service, access to business information resources (including COBRA) and free basic ICT courses.

Rosebud Fund look to support growing businesses with fast, flexible finance, from £10,000 to over £1 million.

The LEADER scheme is part of the Rural Development Programme for England

Green Investment Fund advise businesses, governments and the public sector on their opportunities in a sustainable low carbon world.

Grants for the Arts Apply for funding and find information for funded organisations and individuals

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