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Where to find business support organisations who help start-ups.

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Businesses in Lancashire are more likely to succeed if they seek and act upon the advice of a professional business adviser. This page should point you in the right direction.

"You don't know, what you don't know" is a great saying and so applicable to starting a business. There are so many considerations in the early stages that taking advice from an experienced business adviser will dramatically increase your chances of success.

See list of local business support organisations below.

Can you help start-ups in in Lancashire?

If so, your logo, company details and link to your site could be here!

If you are based in in Lancashire or offer a product or service which could help existing local businesses and start-ups, we would love you to help you reach them. Our aim is to increase the chances of every new business's success by highlighting the help that is available in the area.

You are able to add a free listing or act as our recommended local partner for only £10 per year!

Local partners

We are happy to promote anyone who is prepared to offer friendly support to local start-ups.

Our local partners have been kind enough to help us and are keen to help you too.

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Start Your Own Business in Lancashire

Download the 2024 edition of our Free guide

An interactive step-by-step guide which also includes all of the most important subjects covered with links to useful articles and relevant contacts.

The idea of starting your own business can be incredibly exciting and who can blame you for being tempted?

However, the sad truth is that far too many new enterprises fail in the early stages. Our aim is to make sure that you don't become one of them.

This guide explains the key start-up subjects in simple English and points to where you can find help and support.

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Lancashire Business Advisors

Are you interested in social enterprise? Selnet is the Social Enterprise Network for Lancashire. Since 2007 we have been supporting social enterprises across Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen to connect, develop and grow, through: Our vibrant, impactful membership network; Specialist business start-up and growth advice and support; Securing opportunities for our members; Developing and leading partnerships; Promotion and representation on a local, regional and national basis. Selnet Ltd, Brentwood House, Victoria Road, Fulwood, Preston PR2 8PS
Boost Business Lancashire
Boost is Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. We work with business owners and decision makers to help them improve, develop and grow their business. We provide a range of funded business support programmes in addition to a dedicated service that helps you navigate the local, regional and national business support landscape to find the right support for your business.
Orvia offers FREE support to businesses in Lancashire. Ultimately, we help businesses to grow. We have over 28 years of experience in business support so above all we know how to achieve great results. Suite 12, Croston House, Lancashire Business Park, Leyland PR26 6TU
Levelling Up
Levelling Up means creating opportunities for everyone across the UK by: improving jobs, pay and living standards making streets safer protecting health and wellbeing investing in high streets and town centres improving local transport Opportunities wherever you areThe UK Government is investing 13 billion in Levelling Up projects for local people and local businesses across the country to help grow the economy, create jobs, improve transport and provide skills training and local business support. You can find local projects from this page.
Lancashire Enterprise Partnership
The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a creative collaboration of leaders from business, universities and local councils, who direct economic growth and drive job creation. The region’s business base is broad and buoyant, with thriving towns and cities as well as excellent schools, colleges and universities. The LEP was formed in 2011 to make Lancashire the location for business growth and inward investment. We aim to do this by ensuring all our companies have easy access to high-grade support services that promote sustainable expansion.
Startup Lancashire
Free support to help Lancashire startups succeed Are you based in Lancashire and planning to start your own business this year? Whether this is your first startup or not, you’ll face a lot of challenges along the way from turning a great idea to a working business, accessing growth finance and learning the skills you need to run your own business.
The Business Clinic
One stark statistic is at the heart of The Business Clinic’s mission to help businesses across Lancashire succeed and enjoy healthier profits. In an economic climate where the failure rate for start-up businesses is more than 80% in their first five years something isn’t working when it comes to business support. It was with this stark reality firmly in mind that Helen Livesey and David Nelson founded The Business Clinic as an organisation to provide support, training and consultancy at ground level for businesses young and old.
Trading Standards (Lancashire County Council)
Give your business a head start in Lancashire and ease the legislative burden with help and advice from the Trading Standards Service. We subscribe to the home authority principle, which requires us to place special emphasis on businesses based in Lancashire. We are able to provide expert advice and assistance on trading standards subjects at this crucial time for your business to ensure that you get it right first time.
UK Research & Innovation
We invest in research and innovation to enrich lives, drive economic growth, and create jobs and high-quality public services across the UK. We are transforming tomorrow together.
Department for Business & Trade
The Department for Business & Trade helps businesses export and grow into global markets. We also help overseas companies locate and grow in the UK. Our services are provided in over 100 markets throughout the world. We are passionate about what we do. Thats why we constantly review our services in light of customer feedback and the impact they offer, which means theyll vary from time to time.
Help for Lancashire Businesses
The lancashire County Council website contains a section dedicated to helping businesses in the county. It contains useful information and links to key contacts both within the council and throughout Lancashire as a whole.
Prowess- Women in Business
Prowess is the online hub for women-friendly business support, inspiration and information. Our vision is an environment where women in business can flourish. Be inspired Prowess is full of stories and shared experiences from women who’ve made their own way in business. Everyone has a story to tell. And women who are thinking of starting a business – and those looking to grow – say there aren’t enough stories of real women in business out there. In our recent survey 43% said they wanted to read more experiences and case studies from ‘real’ women in business! Read them here, or submit your own here.
Business Enterprise Trust
Business Advice And Assistance Available throughout The North West Business Enterprise Trust is a well established Enterprise Agency. As a Not For Profit Organisation that has been operating since 1982 and offer a range of services that include • Business Advice • Business Planning • Business Training • Access To Finance We pride ourselves on our commitment to provide a professional, confidential and reliable service at all times, whilst maintaining the standards. For further information on our full range of services please contact us by email at:
Enterprise4All provide enterprise for all different businesses in Lancashire. We are a leading Business Development and enterprise for all support organisation in Lancashire. Our ethos is to strengthen communities through enterprise, education and employment. Our mission is to create enterprise for all in the Lancashire region. We have a clear set of values and objectives around the following: Developing an Entrepreneurial Culture; Supporting Businesses to Start & Grow; Helping support creating Employment opportunities for all; Supporting Diversity & Inclusion through Community Cohesion
Freelance Heroes
The Freelance Heroes portal is the best place for UK freelancers and small business owners to be seen and get the support they need. Whether you’re starting out, settling in to or scaling up your freelance business, navigating the changing marketplace can be challenging. That’s why on top of essential practical support, our community provides the moral support to help you go it alone without feeling alone. We like to think of our members as virtual business sidekicks; always there, when you need them. Free membership includes: fortnightly emails with tips and news; the right to access advice and support through our 10,000 strong community of freelancers; invites to our community events.
Accountancy Management Services
Established firm of accountants offering a complete advisory service in relation to any business query or problem. Free monthly consultations, free telephone consultations, free introductions to banks suppliers. Free use of meeting room. Very reasonable annual fees.
Enterprise 4 All
Enterprise4All is Lancashires leading provider of business support services. We offer specialist assistance and advice to anyone who wants to start a new business and we provide expert help for established companies that are looking to expand. In recent years, we have provided FREE information, advice and guidance to thousands of local people and we???ve helped well over 1500 of them to start or develop their own company.
Hyndburn Enterprise Trust
Based in Accrington. Providing advice, information, training and support for new and established businesses. We offer you: One-to-one business interviews. Workshops and seminars on a range of business issues. Reliable advice on available grants. Plan, Plan, Plan! Get your Business Plan right first time! We can give you expert advice on this most vital of business skills. Experts who know their stuff on everything from banking to copyright.
Orvia Group Limited
Orvia Group provides business support and advice on all aspects of starting, running and growing a business, which is delivered through our comprehensive range of training courses, one to one advice, coaching and mentoring. Along with the traditional advice, information and guidance provided by Orvia we can also assist with accessing finance and supporting businesses who wish to invest in their development through our recognised qualifications and mentoring programmes. In addition to this we provide property rental services to allow you to trade in flexible workspace at competitive rates. For more information please call Andrew Atkinson on 01772 42 22 42, email us at, visit the website at or why not follow us on Twitter @orviagroup.
Ribble Valley Enterprise Agency
A key partner of Business Link - Providing business advice, information, access to finance and training to new and developing small and medium sized enterprises.
South Ribble Economic Partnership
Starting Your Own Business - Are you interested in starting your own business? Free advice and assistance is available on starting your own businesses including support from six months before you start trading and for up to three years after the business is up and running. Business Venture Group is working with the council to deliver start-up support. Are you a North West business thinking about the potential benefits of generating your own renewable energy? Talk to Envirolink to find out how they can help your business. Please see the Business Event - Help with Renewables flyer below for details.

Local help for startups

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