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Start your business

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.

If you would like to discuss any of the business support programmes below, please contact the Council's Economic Regeneration team on 01695 712692 or email lets.talk@westlancs.gov.uk

Start & Grow Programme

The Start & Grow programme provides a range of premium pre and post-start support to individuals looking to start a business (whatever your sector).

The support provided is tailored to the individual needs of the owner and the business idea, and may include:

  • Monthly 1-1 mentoring sessions
  • Access to workshops and networking events to help your business
  • Advice and support with business funding
  • Business plan and cash flow guidance

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be about to start, or have already started, a UK based business
  • Be expecting to create jobs (at least one additional job)
  • Be over 18 years old

Growth Support Programme

Are you looking for support to set up your business that will operate business-to-business? Then you may want to consider the Growth Support Programme.

The Growth Support Programme will help you to achieve your growth aspirations by providing credible tailored and expert business growth support, delivered by experienced growth specialists. You will benefit from a tailored programme of Grow How master classes to up skill yourself in the latest business growth and scaling techniques and access to specialist coaching with a range of growth experts, free to your business.

Start Up Loans

Are you looking for finance to start your new business? Then you may want to consider Start Up Loans.

Start Up Loans are a government-backed initiative offering personal loans to individuals looking to start or grow a business in the UK. With a fixed interest rate of just 6% per annum and the ability to borrow between £500 and £25,000, Start Up Loans offer an affordable source of finance to help new and early stage business owners bring their plans to life.

GOV.UK

The government website provides you with a step-by-step process of what you need to do to set up a business.

For further details visit the Government’s set up a business webpage (external link)

Support for Social Entrepreneurs

Want to change something in society for the better and think business could be the way to do it? Then you may want to consider a social enterprise.

Shared Future CIC is a social enterprise who aims to support other social enterprises and encourage participation and engagement in the community.

For further information visit Shared Futures CIC (external link)

School for Social Entrepreneurs

School for Social Entrepreneurs is a charity that supports individuals to start, sustain, and scale social enterprises and community projects. School for Social Entrepreneurs provide practical learning programmes and courses to support you on your journey.

For further information visit School for Social Entrepreneurs (external link)