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Business Support

Support in the Spotlight

TrED: A free skills boost for businesses in the North West

A brand-new, regional programme is offering funded training to employers of all sizes across the North West.

learndirect, working in partnership with the Lancashire and Liverpool Enterprise Partnerships, secured funding from the European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency to support businesses to boost the skills of their workforce.

We’re offering a bespoke development programme to raise attainment levels, increase Apprenticeship participation and reduce skills shortages that can restrict growth and productivity.

In addition, learndirect has drawn on their hundreds of courses and qualifications to provide training packages on;

  • Customer services
  • Information Technology
  • Management and team leadership
  • Business administration
  • And much more.

If you’d like to find out more about TrED and how you can access funding and training to boost your business, please get in touch on 0345 521 0066 or visit to request a call-back.

Growth Support Programme

Lancashire entrepreneurs are being encouraged to start their high growth businesses with help and funding available through the BOOST Programme.  Support is also available for young businesses, with real ambitions to grow.

The support includes 121 coaching, seminars and masterclasses, action learning, networking and signposting to other relevant support.

For further information, contact Rachael Taylor on 0161 876 3363 or e-mail or Rizwana Afzal on 01254 693999 email

Lancashire Manufacturing Growth Fund

A new service for Lancashire Manufacturers, including Specialist manufacturers.

Do you have a project in mind that would create jobs and or develop new products?

If so, the Lancashire Manufacturing Growth Fund, a part of BOOST, could offer a grant of up to 30% on a £10k project.

The project also offers manufacturers support to

  • Develop and Introduce new products to market
  • Improve their manufacturing efficiency
  • Identify new markets
  • Secure advanced technology training.

For further information, please contact Nigel Goodrich on 07734 776559 or

Lancashire businesses already benefit from a hugely successful business support programme through BOOST
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Investing in England's North West - European Regional Development Fund
Partners Department for Business Innovation and Skills Finance Birmingham