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Fifty Lancashire businesses have the chance to tap into an exclusive programme of online coaching to help fast-forward their recovery from coronavirus.

The Boost Success GPS Online programme is a partnership between Boost, Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub and Burnley-based business coach Andrew Henderson through his company Forward Thinking.

It includes 14 interactive video coaching sessions to help businesses create a structure and vision for future growth. Fifty free places, funded by Lancashire County Council, are available for Lancashire businesses to benefit.

The programme is part of Boost’s #AskForHelp campaign, launched on March 23 to support all Lancashire businesses through the coronavirus pandemic.

Andrew Leeming, programme manager, Boost, said: “The #AskForHelp campaign has provided invaluable support to help businesses tackle the challenges presented by coronavirus.

“We are here for clients throughout this journey. Many businesses have successfully adapted to these new conditions and now need to think about recovery. Forward Thinking has a great reputation and this is a service which has been used by hundreds of businesses.

“Boost Success GPS Online will help Lancashire companies tap into an established, successful model and develop a plan to succeed and grow over the next decade. We hope this collaboration will reach some businesses that have yet to hear that Boost is here to support and can bring more companies into the Boost family.”

Boost is Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. It is led by the Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and Lancashire County Council and supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The funding for the Boost Success GPS Online support forms part of additional funds made available through Boost to help support all Lancashire businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

The programme helps business owners to step back and think about their business, develop a clear focus, and create a framework for growth as well as improving their confidence.

Andrew Henderson, business coach and founder of Forward Thinking, said: “The programme applies practical psychology to merge the process of growing a business with personal development for the business owner. It is focused on where you want to be in the future: increased revenue, profits and new customer wins.

“We have helped hundreds of businesses achieve success through this model and we’re excited to be working with Boost and Lancashire County Council to help businesses bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic.”

The coaching programme will be accompanied by a range of tools including a business map and programme guide to help companies continue to benefit after they have completed the training sessions.

Businesses can apply for the Boost Success GPS Online programme by visiting: https://www.boostbusinesslancashire.co.uk/boost-success-gps-online-programme/

Around 4,000 people have already used Boost’s AskForHelp campaign to manage the effects of the coronavirus on business.

The support includes a helpline which all Lancashire businesses can ring on 0800 488 0057 to receive support and guidance. There is also a dedicated hub on the Boost website giving the latest information and guidance from Government and Boost partners.

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