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Community & Business Partners to launch peer network for Red Rose Awards winners

Blackburn-based business support organisation Community & Business Partners is to launch a new peer network exclusively for winners of the Red Rose Awards. Each company that takes home a trophy will be invited to join the group, where they will be able to use their collective expertise and experience to share advice and help solve problems for each [...]

June 28th, 2022|

Press Release – Rural

More business support for Lancashire rural businesses A pioneering rural business support scheme is to be extended due to the success of its first cohort. The Rural Peer Network group, which is funded by Lancashire County Council’s Rural Recovery Fund and delivered by Community and Business Partners, is now able to offer support to a further eleven [...]

June 13th, 2022|

Press Release – CBP Membership

A new business membership scheme which launched last week, Wednesday 11th May, has already hit its first milestone with ten founding Members taking advantage of the business support, which has community impact. CBP Members has been set up by multi-award-winning Community & Business Partners, a not-for-profit organisation that has supported businesses across Lancashire for over thirty years and also supports [...]

May 31st, 2022|


Lancashire Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing (AEM) Watchtower project takes off with official launch Leading figures from the North West aerospace and advanced engineering industry have met to mark the launch of a £1million initiative to support the sector in Lancashire. The Lancashire Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing (AEM) Watchtower project will use local industry knowledge to develop a dashboard [...]

March 16th, 2022|

Press Release – Red Rose Awards – Corporate Social Responsibility

Blackburn business triumphs at Red Rose Awards cementing year of consistent success A Blackburn business has won another award, cementing a year of success for the female-led team. Community and Business Partners prevailed at Lancashire Business View’s Red Rose Awards last month, winning the Corporate Social Responsibility award. The win follows the [...]

January 13th, 2022|

Leaders Council podcast

Amanda Meachin from Community & Business Partners C I C appears in Leaders Council podcast The Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is currently in the process of talking to leadership figures from across the nation in an attempt to understand this universal trait and what it means in Britain [...]

December 3rd, 2021|

CCSF Showcase

Showcase: Community and Business Partners Community and Business Partners (CBP) is a Community Interest Company in Blackburn. CBP runs a range of projects that benefit the local community focussed on recycling and preventing waste. It also supports growth hungry businesses across Lancashire with mentoring support and global entrepreneurs bring their innovative and scalable businesses to [...]

September 8th, 2021|

Let’s Get Talking peer group

Boost’s Let’s Get Talking peer group hails a year of supporting each other A popular free online peer-to-peer networking group set up by Boost during the start of the pandemic is celebrating its first anniversary. Boost’s Let’s Get Talking group, initiated by Jaydee Davis, Boost Growth Mentoring director, (CB Partners), and Peter Dickinson a Boost growth mentor, began [...]

May 19th, 2021|

A Year in Lockdown…

One year in lockdown and much has changed for the UK; for many people this meant working from home, being furloughed or changing how we do business and live our lives every day. So many things changed for so many people. It is a year to reflect on and one that we shall remember for the rest of our lives, [...]

April 9th, 2021|

Community & Business Partners CIC to deliver Government-backed peer networks initiative in Lancashire

Community & Business Partners has been appointed by Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, to help Lancashire’s businesses overcome coronavirus, improve resilience and achieve future success through a funded programme of targeted knowledge sharing. Peer Networks, which was launched in Lancashire on 21st October, is a national peer-to-peer networking programme for SME leaders that want to improve their business performance [...]

October 22nd, 2020|


Lancashire consortium The Digital Engineer Education Programme (DEEPer) receives funding from the £3 million Fast Track Fund to train and upskill new digital talent in Lancashire. DEEPer is one of 14 projects to receive funding as part of the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund supporting businesses to address skills gaps & residents to enter well paid creative, digital & tech [...]

July 24th, 2020|

Community & Business Partners C.I.C. appoint Operations Director

Jaydee Davis has been appointed as the new Operations Director of Blackburn-based C.I.C, Community & Business Partners. The company, which works across Lancashire has been linking business and community since 1988 and most recently launched as a voluntary response to COVID-19. A well known face across the County’s business networks, Jaydee has worked with many businesses on the County’s [...]

April 1st, 2020|

A Lancashire-wide relief effort has been launched this morning to support those in isolation by utilising the spare capacity of hospitality businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Community & Business Partners, based in Blackburn, have launched the Love From Lancashire campaign, which will recruit thousands of volunteers to help our community in it’s time of need. The Blackburn based charitable organisation has been mobilising volunteers and providing mentors for 30 years and has worked night and day this week to develop the scheme which hopes to provide [...]

March 31st, 2020|

Boost check-in: Gaining the confidence to grow your business

Whether you are looking for strategic one-to-one support, developing future leaders, launching a product or scaling up, the Boost mentoring services are designed to offer insight and guidance and help you gain the confidence to make that next step to grow your business. Boost’s Growth Mentoring programme has access to a large team of experienced and qualified business mentors, who offer [...]

February 28th, 2020|

Innovation agency sees global expansion after Boost mentoring

A Preston-based innovation agency is doubling its staff base on the back of a surge in international enquiries, thanks to Boost, Lancashire’s business growth hub. Geminüs has seen 25 per cent growth in its R&D tax credit claims service and is receiving over 100 international enquiries monthly for its new ‘innovator international’ programme. The agency plans to increase the team [...]

February 28th, 2020|

Rapid Success for Rapid IT

The story In 2010, Managing Director, Jack Bannister and his father, took over Lancashire Computer Waste Services, a completely eco friendly, free and accredited hardware waste service. The pair went on to develop Rapid IT, a family owned company established in 2011, which provides high quality refurbished computer hardware across private and public sectors. Having previously completed Growth Mentoring as [...]

September 26th, 2019|

Charity raises its game after taking part in Boost scheme

A health and care charity has increased its turnover by £1.6m to £6.5m and recruited 48 staff since 2017, thanks to Boost’s Growth Mentoring programme. Preston-based n-compass northwest was also recently ranked 13th in the Sunday Times Top 100 Not-For-Profits to Work for in the UK, as well as being awarded three stars in the National Best Companies Scheme. Founded [...]

June 20th, 2019|

Northern Mentoring Programme celebrates 12 months of successful business support

May 2019 sees the first birthday of the Northern Mentoring Programme, a commercial mentoring programme developed to support ANY business in ANY industry, ANYWHERE in the North West.. and what a year it has been! We have seen multiple clients embark on a 6 month mentoring journey and grow their business from strength to strength, with current clients including a [...]

May 31st, 2019|

Companies sought to support homelessness plight

Community & Business Partners (CBP) are planning to assist East Lancashire homeless people through the launch of a new scheme. The ‘Not My Bag’ initiative is being launched this week by CBP, who have spent the last 6 months working with Granby Marketing, Edrington-Beam Suntory and one other global brand local employer, to bring the idea to life! Following the [...]

May 28th, 2019|

Lytham finance and business advisory firm boosts jobs and doubles turnover

A Lytham-based finance and business advisory firm has created five new jobs after receiving growth mentoring through Boost – Lancashire’s business growth hub. Suzie Brooks set up Brooks Accountants in 2013 with the aim of providing more than just a standard accountancy service. Her aim was to also to support clients in successfully managing and growing their businesses. She discovered [...]

April 17th, 2019|

Growth Strategy Workshop

Growth Strategy workshop brought to you by the Northern Mentoring Programme, facilitated by Peter Dickinson. Successful entrepreneurs have two things in common; a clear sense of purpose and focused execution of their plans. This highly interactive workshop has been designed to help you explore your passion for your business, to communicate the vision and identify key aspects that will drive [...]

July 17th, 2018|

Mentoring Partner for Sub36 Awards

Great News Mentoring Partner for Sub36 Awards We are delighted to announce that the Northern Mentoring Programme is the Mentoring Partner for Sub36 Awards this year. It honours Lancashire’s most influential, innovative and inspiring business people aged 36 or under (Sub36), and is organised by Lancashire Business View. This year all winners get the opportunity to be mentored by the [...]

July 12th, 2018|

Facilities Management firm creates jobs and revenue growth thanks to Boost

Facilities Management firm creates jobs and revenue growth thanks to Boost A Burnley Facilities Management provider has created 12 new jobs and grown revenue by £100,000 as a direct result of taking part in the Boost Growth Mentoring Programme. Service Alliance Limited generated the extra turnover after winning five new contracts with locally based companies after operations director, Simon Hook, [...]

June 25th, 2018|

Inspirational Launch of New Mentoring Programme

‘Life is short; do what you love’, was the inspirational advice given to business people attending the launch of the Northern Mentoring Programme, a fitting celebration of Community & Business Partners 30 years’ of service to local businesses. The Northern Mentoring programme will provide support to businesses, in any sector, anywhere in the North West, with an extensive bank of [...]

June 25th, 2018|

Mentoring helps Darwen print firm go international

Mentoring helps Darwen print firm go international A Lancashire-based print management company is set to take on new staff and move to bigger premises after getting support from Boost to help manage its rapid growth. Empine Group, established in 2015 by local entrepreneurs Jacob Knowles and Anthony Taylor, has grown expected turnover to £175,000 and aims to hit sales of [...]

June 25th, 2018|

Lancaster firm steps onto global fashion scene in style

Lancaster firm steps onto global fashion scene in style A Lancaster fashion design company is successfully developing international markets with the help of growth mentoring from Boost. LYPH (Live Young Play Hard) is already building on its market presence in the UK, Europe and Japan after establishing links with companies in China, which now manufacture its product range. Headcount is [...]

June 25th, 2018|

Mentoring gives free range milk supplier growth support

Mentoring gives free range milk supplier growth support A growing Lancashire dairy, the first wholesaler in the country to supply free range milk, has set its sights on supplying UK supermarkets following support and advice from Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. The free range milk was launched in 2015 by Morecambe based Stephensons Dairy, which works with four North West [...]

June 25th, 2018|

Mentoring helps Darwen print firm go international

A Lancashire-based print management company is set to take on new staff and move to bigger premises after getting support from Boost to help manage its rapid growth. Empine Group, established in 2015 by local entrepreneurs Jacob Knowles and Anthony Taylor, has grown expected turnover to £175,000 and aims to hit sales of £1m within the next five years. The [...]

June 25th, 2018|