Welcome to Boost Flying Start

If you are looking to turn your business idea into reality or take your new business to the next level, the Flying Start service, delivered by Selnet, can help you achieve your business goals.

The funded Flying Start service is part of Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub and is created for pre-start businesses and those that have traded for less than three years. It is delivered by an experienced team of qualified business advisers.

Social Enterprise Solutions CIC are working with Selnet to help you navigate the ups and downs of starting a new business, through support, mentoring and activities, tailored to suit your business needs.

How we can help

Through Flying Start, you will have access to a dedicated relationship manager who you will work with to determine the support you need to help you and your business.

All support is tailored to suit the needs of your business and delivered by an experienced adviser who will be able to assist you to develop a Business Growth Action Plan.

The adviser will meet with you regularly to help you to keep your business moving forward. Your business advisor will come with a wealth of experience, knowledge and a strong network of contacts who can assist with your business’s development.

 “The company thrives and has grown to a team of eight staff members who all work part-time between six and thirty hours per week”.
“Thank you for all your help”

Lucy | Spring into Action

How Flying Start works

Contact us either by talking to Patt Trow or Tony Carr on 01253 344123 or emailing admin@socialenterprisesolutions.co.uk  Initially, contact us to discuss your needs. 

The business adviser most suited to support your business needs will work with you to formulate a plan to work through your businesses goals and objectives and develop a robust strategy to ensure continued success. Throughout, the Flying Start team will keep in touch with you to assist you, as well as identifying further opportunities and activities which will help your business grow. All support is fully funded and available at a time and place to fit around your busy diary.

Do I qualify for support?

The Flying Start service is available to pre-start businesses and businesses that have been trading for less than three years.

You must have an ambition to succeed and be ready to take the next steps to creating a successful business. You must be based within a qualifying postcode area, to confirm your business eligibility get in touch! If you do not qualify, we will be able to assist in directing you to an organisation who can.

This service is available to businesses within the following partner local authority areas: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Burnley Council, Chorley Council, Fylde Council, Hyndburn Borough Council, Pendle Borough Council, Preston City Council, South Ribble Borough Council, West Lancashire Borough Council and Wyre Council.

If your business is based outside of these local authority areas, please contact the Boost Business Support Helpdesk on 0800 488 0057 and we can advise you on what support is available in your area.

 Testimonial “The initial visit has been extremely beneficial. The takeaways from this meeting will certainly help me explore the potential marketing opportunities available to me” – Client JM

Fashion brand Northern Tide is looking smart

Scott McClymont’s new clothing company, which launched in the pandemic and focuses on environmentally friendly products, has a new strategy, and focus after receiving support from Selnet’s Business Support team.

Scott, from Fleetwood, said: “Above all, getting individual support has given me lots of confidence.

“I’ve got lots of information from my adviser, Alistair, on areas to work on including sales and marketing, approaching retailers, improving my website, and using social media to better promote the business.

 “I developed a 12-month action plan so I can continue to work on developing all aspects of the company.”

Scott loves clothes, football and music. During the second Covid-19 lockdown, he decided to set up his own brand Northern Tide, which incorporates all the things he is passionate about and reflects his cultural heritage.

Northern Tide clothing is focused on being sustainable for the environment whilst still holding their appeal for customers.

“I’ve got a brand-new range of autumnal colour sweatshirts available with a range of small and larger sizes, each made from 85% organic cotton & 15% recycled polyester.”

(Photographs from Fleetwood beach and Affinity Outlets)

From September 1 2023, Boost is funded by Lancashire County Council, Department for Business & Trade (DBT), and UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) contributions from ten Lancashire local authorities (Boost local authorities partners). UKSPF is part of the Levelling Up agenda and succession to EU structural funds.

About Boost

Boost is Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub and we are on a mission; to help Lancashire businesses thrive.

Boost provides a range of funded services and support to help Lancashire businesses grow, scale and start, realising their growth potential, creating jobs and boosting the economy.

One of 37 Growth Hubs in the UK, Boost is led by Lancashire County Council and has supported over 14,000 businesses, helped create over 3,500 jobs while adding over £100m to the economy since 2013.

For further information visit www.boostbusinesslancashire.co.uk.

Boost local authority partners

See if we can help

Phoning us will cost you nothing and much of what we do for qualifying groups is funded. So why not find out what kind of FREE support your group is entitled to?

Social Enterprise Solutions has been a leading member of our national infrastructure support organisation since 2008 and they have directly contributed to the development of SEUK in a number of ways; director, Clive Hirst, continues to provide a valuable contribution in his voluntary capacity as a council member. In addition, SES has developed a Social Enterprise Town concept collaboratively with Liverpool Hope University, ourselves and other key partners.

We would consider SES as responsible thought leaders in the development of the social enterprise sector

Peter Holbrook CBE
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