UK Shared Prosperity Fund Business Support

Burnley Council are pleased to be able to offer a range of support for Burnley businesses funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. One of the key investment priorities for this funding is supporting local business. UK Shared Prosperity Fund business support projects are in collaboration with other local authorities and delivery partners across Lancashire, led by Lancashire County Council. Whether you are just considering starting up a business, in the early stages of growth or looking to scale up, there is help and support available for your business.

Boost Business Support

Boost is Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. Through Boost, businesses have access to a Business Advice Service and dedicated start-up, growth and scaleup programmes.

Boost also provides comprehensive business support directory, a funding hub, details of private sector business support providers (Boost & Co) and information about national business support programmes running in the county.

If you would like to speak to a Boost Business Advisers please call 0800 488 0057. Alternatively you can complete this online form.

Boost Flying Start Business Workshops

Boost Flying Start business workshops are running from January to March at Burnley Football Club. The three workshops are ideal for new businesses or anyone considering setting up for the first time. They are fully funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund which means you won’t pay a penny. The business workshops are delivered by experienced professionals and cover business start-up essentials, marketing and finance.  

For more details and to book your place click here

Manufacturing Technology Programme

The Manufacturing Technology Programme, delivered by RTC North, supports businesses who are looking to develop and implement new ways of working through product and process innovation via the use of IR 4.0 digital manufacturing technologies. The programme focuses on building resilience and improving capability. Businesses will have the opportunity to take advantage of a series of best practice manufacturing visits to industry partners. Topics will include continuous improvement, attracting investors, infrastructure, production planning, leadership and management.

Contact Martyn Hardacre for an initial discussion about this programme and your business.

International Trade Support

The East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce have an experienced team of customs and international trade specialists who can help your business to realise your export potential and increase international sales. The team can help you to identify new export markets and explore opportunities globally. Training covers the streamlining imports customs clearance and procedures and understanding the compliance requirements of exporting and importing.

This specialist international trade support is normally only available to businesses on a chargeable basis, so as well as being at no cost it is also a unique opportunity, now available to Burnley businesses who already export or those who are considering exporting.

Contact Stef Heywood at or Mandy Lockett at Alternatively, get in touch with the team on 01254 356400, email or check out their website for more details.

Energy efficiency and net-zero support

Three key partners – East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, UCLAN and the AMRC are supporting Burnley businesses on their journey to net-zero. The three organisations have a wealth of information, experience and guidance to offer companies who are hoping to improve their energy efficiency and carbon footprint. Help available includes carbon reduction plans, adoption of low carbon technology, energy saving/efficiencies, action planning, prioritisation and implementation. For more information contact Debbie Treadwell at or see their website.

Lancashire Universities Innovation Programme

UCLan, Lancaster and Edge Hill Universities have combined together to offer their knowledge, expertise and facilities. Services will include cyber & digital, energy, low carbon, data driven innovation for scaling growth, research & development as well as access to the university scientists, labs, industry practitioners and graduate placement.

Contact Chris Sayers at for more information.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund business support is one of three strands. The fund also covers projects for community and place, people and skills. For information on these projects click here.

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