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Help to Grow: Management

 A 12 week-programme delivered by Lancaster University Management School and accredited by the Small Business Charter. The programme combines a practical curriculum, with 1:1 support from a business mentor, peer-learning sessions and an alumni network.

Designed to be manageable alongside full-time work, this programme will support you to develop your strategic skills with key modules covering financial management, innovation and digital adoption. By the end of the programme you will develop a tailored business growth plan to lead your business to its full potential.

Various start dates.

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Free bookkeeping courses and one year's free accounts software subscription
Lancaster City Council is working with Lancaster & Morecambe College to offer FREE bookkeeping courses to SMEs and self-employed workers across the Lancaster District, funded by the Leading Lancashire project. Upon completion, Lancaster City Council will contribute up to £300 towards a maximum one-year subscription to a recognised accounting software package - for example Quickbooks or Xero - for micro businesses, social enterprises and charities based in the Lancaster District.

Kickstart Scheme

The  Kickstart Scheme has been established to create 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements should support participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the Kickstart scheme. The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs, and they must not replace existing or planned vacancies or cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment.

The Kickstart placements must be:

  • for a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement

Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

Organisations wishing to offer fewer than 30 placements can join with other organisations through an intermediary to submit an application.

Lancaster and Morecambe College, Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce and Morecambe Bid will be working in partnership wto act as an intermediary organisation to support the scheme.

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Upskilling Lancashire programme with Lancaster & Morecambe College

The UpSkilling Lancashire project is part funded by the European Social Fund, and supports Lancashire based SMEs and micro-businesses to increase the skills and capability of their employees, enabling the business to compete regionally, nationally and internationally.

Digital Marketing Training

Did you know that if you're an SME in Lancashire - you are entitled to x2 FREE three hour training sessions on all things digital marketing? The training/support is bespoke to what YOU need, whether that's beginners social media, to looking at designing leaflets, business cards and even menus and service lists.  

Call 01524 521600 or email for more information.

Skills Support for the Workforce

Fully funded support to help you develop your staff’s skills through a range of learning plans tailored your business needs.

There is a variety of accredited and non-accredited programmes to choose from in sectors such as Engineering & Manufacture, Hospitality, Logistics, Management, Health & Social Care, Construction, and Creative & Digital.

These qualifications are aimed at individuals who would like to develop the skills and knowledge to progress within their chosen career. They are industry recognised qualifications, assessing both knowledge and competence that are transferable across a range of competencies. 

  • Accredited full level 2 and part level 3 qualifications are available alongside tailored support for your business
  • Can be used to develop basic skills in IT and digital
  • Include specialist support for businesses going through restructures and where staff are at risk of redundancy

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FREE 12-week electronics skills programmes

Tech Lancaster  is an industry-led training organisation based in Lancaster, formed from a consortium of local employers in the electronics and technology sector.

The courses are aimed at everyone who wants to upskill/re-skill (all ages 19+, all backgrounds, employed, unemployed, furloughed, living in Lancashire or Gt Manchester) to ensure their existing technical know-how is fully work-ready.

The course is all about employability, providing the real-world skills needed to find a job in the thriving local electronics sector.

On completing the course, "graduates" will be guaranteed a job interview. 

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Boost Business Lancashire

There are lots of great business events listed on the Boost Business Lancashire website. Many of these are currently online.


ECO-I North West

The business landscape is changing and the transition to a low carbon economy is underway. We’re helping SMEs to create new, low-carbon products, processes, and services to drive green economy.

You can utilise expertise, knowledge and the latest equipment from across the ECO-I NW collaboration of six North West universities to develop new products and services, adopt a future-ready business model, and reduce the carbon footprint of your operations.

As part of this programme, you'll receive one-to-one support to help you reach your business goals.

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Clockwork City

Prepare for trading online in 2022 with free training designed for Lancashire's Rural Businesses and Rural Tourism/Food & Drink businesses. 

Some of the Key benefits are:

  • Increased profitability 
  • Effective social media promotion
  • Increase online discoverability & visibility

Email: for a FREE place.