Starting your own business can be an exciting but also quite daunting prospect. We work with a range of professional people and organisations that know exactly what it takes to get a new business idea off the ground and to help you along the way there is a host of information available for you. Starting in business or working for yourself requires careful planning, research and preparation. Whether you have a clear vision or are not sure where to start, help and support is available to help you to turn your idea into a business.

Boost Business Lancashire was established as the single gateway, or business growth hub, serving local businesses across the county. The support available for businesses covers a broad range of issues including finance, grants, expertise and advice, coaching, mentoring, skills training, funding start-up and growth support. Further information is available on their website.

There are a number of independent enterprise agencies offering a range of services to start-up, new and growing small businesses. Many of these organisations are members of the National Enterprise Network and provide a wide array of services, impartial and independent advice, support and training on starting or developing a small business. Locally, the council works with Business and Enterprise Trust (formerly Hydburn and Ribble Valley Enterprise Agency) which operates from the Globe Centre in Accrington and offers one-to-one impartial business advice free of charge to anyone thinking of starting a business in Lancashire. It also runs a series of free workshops and seminars, can also provide Start Up Loans and business advisers for the Government’s Start and Grow programme which has a small administration fee. The Government’s website Business is Great has a dedicated section on starting up to guide you through each step. You can also get support and advice over the phone by calling the Business Support Helpline on 0300 456 3565 or talking to an advisor online.

With any business, new or established, we would also highlight the need to be fully aware of your running costs and this includes Business Rates. You can check the business rates valuation for a premises online first.

Unique features, multiple locations and a broad sectoral business base all contribute to the fact that Ribble Valley has a reputation as an area with a strong entrepreneurial culture. With strong business survival rates, it remains a first choice location for many new businesses to be part of that success while being in such an attractive area with good access to high quality business support and a broad choice of sites and premises with good connectivity.