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We work closely with partner organisations to support people looking to set up a new business in West Lancashire. 


Below are a number of partner services offering free support and guidance:


Start-Up Lancashire

Start Up Lancashire provides assistance to individuals considering starting a business, or businesses which have been trading for less than 3 years but are encountering barriers.


Support available:

  • Business essentials seminar programme
  • Access to an accredited business coach
  • On-going mentoring support to help your new business grow
  • Access to an enterprise voucher (eligibility criteria apply)
  • Free business plan templates and business start up guides

Who is eligible: Pre-start individuals or new businesses trading less than 3 years. Looking to start or expand a business to business enterprise in Lancashire (retail is not eligible). 


How to apply: Start Up Lancashire is running until December 2014. FREE start up workshops are available throughout April - June 2014. For further details or to register your interest please contact the Economic Regeneration team on 01695 712692 or email info.edu@westlancs.gov.uk



Starting Up and Scaling Up Social Enterprises

Budding social entrepreneurs can apply for a place on the Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme, available at the School for Social Entrepreneurs North West, part of the award winning Blackburne House Group. 


The programme is designed to empower individuals who have an idea for an enterprise which addresses social issues and disadvantages in their communities, providing skills and finance to bring an idea to life. 


Successful applicants will receive comprehensive learning at the school and a financial contribution starting at £4,000 upwards to £25,000 to fund their organisation. Students will also receive a senior mentor from Lloyds Banking Group during their time on the course.


For further information about the programme visit: Lloyds Banking Group (external link) or contact Angela Stanley:

Tel: 0151 708 3914

Email: angelastanley@blackburnehouse.co.uk




GOV.UK is the best place to find government services and information. This website replaces Business Link and Directgov.  It can help with general business and market intelligence, business premises and rates, employment law, UK and European legislation and initiatives, tax, self assessment, payroll and vat, information to help start a new business, sources of grants and loans and much more.  For further information see:

Web: gov.uk (external link)


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Last Updated: 4/11/2014

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