Growing your business

If you are looking at growing your business in Burnley there are various sources of help and support available. The right type of support depends on the size of your business, what stage of growth you are at and what you are aiming to achieve. Listed below are some of the organisations who can offer advice and guidance on business growth.

Boost Business Growth Support

Boost is known as Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. Whether you’re growing a new business, scaling up a large organisation or simply looking for information on what business support is available, the dedicated team of advisors at Boost can help. Businesses of any size can receive support. Whether it be day to day operations, business planning and growth, sales and marketing, finance, recruitment and skills and much more. The experienced team at Boost are well placed to understand business challenges and assist you in identifying ways to overcome them. All of this support is free of charge. Get in touch with Boost on 0800 488 0057 or by using their online contact form.

Boost Growth Catalyst

Boost Growth Catalyst is a programme of support, delivered by The Growth Company, aimed specifically at established and ambitious businesses who have experienced organic growth in turnover and employees, trading for over three years in any industry sector, that are ready to take their business through planned strategic growth. Your business will receive the tools and know-how to develop your strategy, execute plans and overcome any barriers to growth, benefitting from access to a specialist adviser to provide growth support for your business. You will receive a tailored package of assistance from a combination of one-to-one sessions, masterclasses, coaching, participation in a peer network group, networking opportunities and through access to tools and resources.

Find out more or contact Martyn Hardacre in the first instance.

Developing your business with UCLan

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) offers a wide range of specialist business support aimed at helping businesses and organisations to grow, develop and thrive. Their team of experts can help you to expand your business through projects and dedicated business support.

UCLAN are also working alongside the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and the AMRC to help Burnley Businesses with energy efficiency and the journey to net-zero.

To find out more about what’s on offer, visit the UCLan website.

East Lancs Chamber of Commerce

East Lancs Chamber of Commerce is a local hub to access a broad offer of business support. This includes how to grow your business by growing your market, your profile and your bottom line. The Chamber can also help you to connect your business through networking events and offers many other services including training and seminars. Membership fees and benefits are all detailed on the Chamber website.

RTC North Innovate UK EDGE

If you are an established innovative small to medium sized business with great potential, Innovate UK Edge can help you to take the next step on your growth journey by identifying your growth stage and how they can help.

Innovate UK EDGE empowers innovation-driven businesses to grow at pace and achieve their ambitions. Dedicated innovation and growth specialists work together with your business to gain an intimate understanding of your needs. They will then help you to identify the most effective strategy to accelerate your business growth and maximise its potential.

Grow your business in new markets – Department for Business and Trade (DBT)

Whether you’re interested in selling internationally for the first time, or you’re an experienced exporter, support from the UK Government’s Department for Business and Trade (DBT) can help your business to grow in new markets.

Before entering any new international market, it is essential to make informed decisions based on knowledge, research and strategic planning. DBT offer fully-funded impartial advice through their team of trade and e-commerce advisers to nurture your international ambitions. They also deliver a number of programmes to assist companies realise their full international potential and growth aspirations. Topics include:

  • Creating an export plan tailored to your business
  • Identifying high-potential markets for your products and services
  • Selling internationally
  • Searching and applying for live export opportunities
  • Learning about online marketplaces and accessing specially negotiated deals
  • Exploring and enquiring about finance and insurance support

To find out more about the Department for Business and Trade and it’s services visit their website.

Made Smarter 

Made Smarter is a government funded programme for manufacturing companies who want to look into how technology can be used to improve their business.  The project covers Small to Medium (SME) manufacturers with less than 250 staff and turnover of less than £36m.  The real aim is to enable businesses to grow, reduce costs, improve productivity, quality and efficiency and ultimately boost competitiveness. 

Alongside a team of specialist Industrial Digital Technologies (IDT) advisors, who are there to offer free independent expert advice and support, they can also offer manufacturing businesses up to 50% grant funding to help support their investment and adoption of the latest IDTs.

The initial process is an advisor team call followed by an onsite workshop with key staff.   The Made Smarter team will then create a digital roadmap covering the useful technologies available to the businesses.  Made Smarter also have access to workshops and short courses to support businesses in becoming ready for digital transformation.  For more information visit UK Digital Manufacturing advice & innovation | Made Smarter.