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Boost Business Lancashire offers a wide range of leading-edge funded programmes, delivered by specialists with a track record of growing established and innovative start-up businesses. We can help businesses address a number of growth challenges and opportunities, including:
www.boostbusinesslancashire.co.uk or calling 0800 488 00570800 488 0057.
The MORE Programme is delivered by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). We provide a combination of advice, guidance, business support and access to facilities to help the growth of creative, digital and media sector companies in the North West of England.
Eligibility criteria does apply:
The MORE Programme is open to existing businesses who:
The MORE Programme is open to pre-start businesses who:
We are only able to work with businesses who work "Business to Business"
The support delivered through this programme is free, but numbers are limited so register your interest with us now.
For more details visit moreprogramme.co.uk/
Craft Council Collective
Crafts Council Collective is a programme of CPD provision for makers. It comprises five programmes of support for makers: Craft Rally, Hothouse, Portfolio, Injection and Artistic Licence.
Craft Rally is an inclusive, dynamic and inspirational opportunity for makers to exchange information and ideas delivered via a physical and virtual network. Craft Rally is open to all makers at any stage in their career, wherever they are based.
For more details see http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/professional-development/maker-development/crafts-council-collective/craft-rally/
The next Hothouse programme will take place between January to June 2014. Hothouse is a sequential core programme over a six month period, and it's led by expert trainers and experienced practicing makers. The programme comprises: group sessions on developing business skills, market knowledge and creativity; networking events which bring participants together as a national group; support from a peer buddy from a past cohort; 1:1 sessions with a specialist mentor from the sector.
For more details see http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/hothouse/
Injection is the Crafts Council's business development scheme for mid-career and established craft practices. Injection is currently being piloted with 12 selected makers from the London, Yorkshire and Humber regions.
For more details see http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/injection/
Portfolio working is the norm in the craft sector to enable makers to develop their ongoing professional practice.
The Portfolio programme provides additional ways of working via partnership and collaboration to:
For more details visit www.craftscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/portfolio/
InfoLab21 offers a wide range of services for businesses from funded ICT support to providing office space.
In the last 7 years, having established a network of ICT related businesses, InfoLab21 has assisted over 1000 companies through various funded projects.
Current projects include the ISIS programme.
For more details visit www.infolab21.lancs.ac.uk/business
The LEAD Programme
LEAD is a leadership development programme that equips you with the skills and the know-how to increase your profits, capitalise on new opportunities and make the most of your people. The LEAD Programme, specifically for Creatives & Digitals is open for registration now.
For more details visit www.pinna.co.uk/MPA-LEAD-creatives/
The Furniture Makers' Company
The Furniture Makers’ Company is the British furnishing industry’s charity, which fosters and supports the industry by nurturing skills and expertise, helping those in need, and championing excellence.
For further information, contact Veronica Dunn, firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7562 8522
Superfast Lancashire develop a tailored programme - free of charge - that will cover a selection of topics to help your business harness the potential of high speed fibre broadband. Superfast broadband allows you to make your marketing digital, with the ability to reach customers through new, faster and easier to track communications options like Facebook and Twitter.
For more details visit www.superfastlancashire.com/for-business
Blue Orchid provides a flexible programme of one to one business support, coaching and training available to people who live throughout the UK, particularly those considering self-employment or starting their own business, including individuals who are unemployed or facing redundancy.
Our advisors work with people on a one to one basis to support those starting up in business because we believe that everyone is an individual with their own ideas and objectives.
They work with many business advisors across the country many of whom are experts in their own specialised areas.
We can help you with:
Blue Orchid are working in partnership with Business Finance Solutions to provide Start Up Loans, a government backed scheme to support new business.
For more details visit www.blueorchid.co.uk/starting-a-business/