Starting a business

Starting a business can be daunting and people often wonder where to start. There are some great sources of information and support available to help get your business off the ground.  


Boost is Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. If you are considering starting a new business or are in the early stages of your business, the team of advisors at Boost will be able to support you.

Led by a team of experienced startup advisers, Flying Start provides valuable support and resources to help businesses navigate the challenges of their formative years.

The service is aimed at ambitious future business leaders, with a focus on building business acumen and to acquire and apply the core skills required to establish the business and drive sustainable business growth amidst a changing economic and business landscape.

Give them a call for an initial chat about your business needs on 0800 488 0057 or fill out this online form.

Boost Flying Start Business Workshops 

Boost Flying Start business workshops are ideal for new businesses or anyone considering setting up for the first time. The workshops are lead by an experienced business coach and you will work with like-minded people and have the chance to discuss and develop your new business idea. There are currently no face-to-face workshops running in Burnley but there is an online workshop on marketing for new business taking place on Thursday 4 April from 5.30 – 8.00pm.

Boost Flying Start: S.M.A.R.T Marketing for new business

Discover a range of helpful insights to help you get started with your marketing strategy:

  • How to identify and tailor your message to a specific customer/market segment.
  • How to build a customer profile.
  • What is the customer profile for core product/service? (collaboration, inflection, shifting perspective).
  • What is my Value Proposition (Questions and thoughts on Value Proposition).
  • RACE Marketing Strategy.
  • Indirect Marketing Action (ideas and tools for effective content marketing).

For more details and to book your place click here

Business Planning 

Creating a business plan is one of the most important things you need to do when starting out. If you haven’t been on our Business Essentials workshop, there are some other online resources where you can find business planning templates and support for creating your business plan. 

Prince’s Trust 

The Prince’s Trust offer advice and support to young people aged 18-30. However, anyone can download their business plan templates from the Prince’s Trust website


The website has lots of advice on setting up and growing your business including business planning. They also cover a range of topics in more detail including registering your business with HMRC, self-employment and tax. 

British Business Bank 

The British Business Bank have a free business plan template which anyone can download. They also offer start-up loans, mentoring and advice for new-start businesses. 

Financial help for starting up a business 

You may be able to apply for a start-up loan from the British Business Bank as mentioned above. However before applying for any financial support you will always need to complete a business plan. 

See our financial support page for more information on where to find financial help and support for your business. 

HM Revenue and Customs Business Support

HM Revenue and Customs offers tools and guidance for business from setting up, business planning and record keeping. The comprehensive website includes fact sheets and information on essential topics such as tax, importing and exporting.  Visit GOV.UK to find out more.

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