Business Support

Business Support

A range of support providers to help you grow your existing business.

Blackpool Investment Fund - more details coming soon

The Blackpool Investment Fund is a loan fund set up by Blackpool Council to help businesses to assist finance investment projects creating jobs and growth in the local economy


The role of Boost is to help growth-hungry Lancashire businesses realise their potential by providing simple access to a range of leading-edge funded programmes, delivered by specialists with a track record of supporting growth – of both start-ups and established businesses


UKTI is now part of the Business Growth Service, a government-backed service offering support to businesses with the potential to improve and grow.

Services for exporters. UKTI international trade services help UK companies looking to, or already exporting

UKTI Business Opportunities

Free service to help you find key relevant overseas contracts, tenders and projects

The Lancashire Business Growth Fund

This fund is aimed to stimulate enterprise across the County by providing grants and International Trade support to businesses with the potential for economic growth.

Grant Assistance: Up to 20% funding of the total project costs with a minimum grant of £10,000. Eligible costs are machinery/plant acquisition, property improvement, property acquisition, building expansions and infrastructure improvement.

International Trade Support to grow your business: Up to 100% funding. Businesses with the ambition and capacity to grow internationally can get tailored support. Whether looking to reach more customers, increase turnover or expand international supply chains, the good news is there’s never been a better time to access international support to help accelerate business growth.

Creative England

From supporting the development of full-length feature films to seed-funding the most exciting new digital SMEs, Creative England’s remit is broad and growing. The lead national agency for supporting creative industries.

Creative England Business Loans

Creative England is supporting digital creative companies to finance business growth through the provision of interest-free loans.

Creative England Business Loans will help fuel the growth of the fastest growing sector in the UK economy, financing business expansion and new products which will lead to the creation of new, high-quality jobs.


Find a business mentor to help you develop your new ideas

Design Leadership Programme

Get subsidised support and coaching, focused on design and innovation, from the Design Council

Business Insurance

A quick guide to what you should consider

Wind Technologies

Hosted by the University of Central Lancashire’s Centre for Energy & Power Management and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), this innovative research-backed project aims to increase the installation of small onshore wind turbines by businesses in the North West of England. The project team will help you to look at the best way to invest in this technology by providing FREE feasibility studies and technical advice and assistance, enabling you to make an informed decision on small wind turbine technologies.

Innovation Lab

The Innovation Lab project assists small to medium sized businesses in the North West to take advantage of new approaches to the use of creative design, new media and ICT technology in their business. This project will take advantage of UCLan’s experience of integrating creative design, new media and ICT technologies to support SMEs to grow and develop.

Growth Sector Support

Growth Sector Support gives you and your business access to free, tailored support to help you develop your ideas for business growth and consider new directions you may not have thought of previously. It is delivered by a team of experienced business advisors who can help you review your business needs and opportunities and access support to achieve your growth potential.

Textiles Growth Programme

A programme focused on creating and safeguarding jobs through a grant funded scheme - supporting capital projects, skills training and research and development in the textile industry.


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Innovation in Manufacturing & Engineering programme

Large and small businesses working together to develop leadership and innovation skills

Innovation in Manufacturing and Engineering is a seven-month programme specifically designed for small and medium-sized businesses who have significant engineering and/or manufacturing capability, who want to develop their leadership and innovation skills by working with world-class organisations and a leading university.