Business chamber welcomes survey

Babs Murphy, chief executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
Babs Murphy, chief executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
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The North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce (NWLCC) has welcomed the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)-led consultation to shape its business growth hub.

The move from the LEP will see businesses across the county take part in a survey with the answers serving to develop Boost Business Lancashire and the future of business support from both the private and public sectors in the county.

Boost Business Lancashire is a £7.2m European Regional Development Fund-backed business growth hub led by the LEP set up with the aim of growing the county’s economy by £20m, creating at least 1,200 new jobs and safeguarding 700 more by June this year.

Although the current programme is coming to an end, funding has been secured for a second Boost programme, which is expected to launch later this year.

NWLCC chief executive Babs Murphy (pictured) said: “Our members will be delighted that the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership is giving them this opportunity to make comments on the future of Boost. Since the launch of Boost in 2013, more than 2,000 businesses have received funded business support, helping them shape and implement their growth aspirations.

“Already, 600 jobs have been created as a result of Boost support.

“By completing a short online survey businesses can help develop a business support environment for Lancashire tailored to the needs of the county’s businesses.”

NWLCC president Norman Tenray said: “I applaud the LEP on launching this consultation. I have already sent in my answers and I would now urge all other businesses in Lancashire to do the same.”

The survey is open until June 26 and is found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/boostbusiness