Business support and advice
Support and advice for businesses affected by COVID-19.

Useful business contacts

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The following websites offer support and useful information for your business:

Business is great

The government has a dedicated website Business is Great with lots of advice about starting up, running and growing a business. Information is available on national support schemes, grants and loans. You can also get business advice over the phone on 0300 456 3565 or chat online with an advisor Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm.

Boost Business Lancashire

Boost Business Lancashire is a business support service for businesses across Preston and Lancashire. It has a range of services, some 100% funded, some part-funded. For full details visit the Boost website or call 0800 488 0057.

Department for international trade

Great website is a government website with help and information on UK trade, investment, tourism and education.

BEIS

BEIS is the government department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The BEIS website has useful government policy information on business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change. You can also sign up to the BEIS Bulletin.

Trading standards

The Trading Standards service is operated by Lancashire County Council and is there to protect the interests of both consumers and businesses. The Trading Standards website includes information for new businesses, legal obligations and general advice. For business telephone 01772 533 569. The consumer helpline is 0345 404 0506.

Business companion

Business Companion provides free, accurate and practical advice on all trading standards law. The website has been put together by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute with trading standards and consumer law professionals. They have also published a guide with advice on the top five issues faced by businesses that sell goods or services online, by phone or by mail order and businesses that sell in people's homes called Distance Selling.

Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub

Part of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, the Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub offers support around skills and employment with help for your business with recruitment, apprentices, training and improving skills.

New Preston Markets Trader Opportunities

Find out more about the opportunities we have at our redeveloped Preston Markets.

Our business support pages

More business support information can be found on our pages:

Procurement

Please visit our tenders and procurement section for guidance on how you can become a supplier to the council.

The Chest is the North West public procurement portal for clients looking to supply to Local Authorities.

Useful council services

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