Start and grow your business

Are you looking for a new job or feel ready for a new challenge? Do you want to grow your business and create more jobs?

Regenerate Pennine Lancashire can support new and existing businesses in Blackburn and Darwen to start and grow. Businesses can access free expert advice, training and finance to support business growth.

This includes:

  • Access to specialist advice on starting your own business, product development, business process improvement, e-commerce, property and technology.
  • Access to training on business planning, sales and marketing, recruiting staff, importing and exporting, social enterprises and growing your business.
  • Access to finance for growth from £1,000 to £1,000,000. Capital grant investment towards growth and expansion.

New company Simply Doughnuts, from Blackburn, has been helped to “start” and “grow”.  And since it opened in February, it is already tasting success.

The firm has already landed a deal with the 99p Store and Poundland to be sold in 800 shops around the UK. The doughnuts will also be sold in independent garage forecourts, coffee shops and convenience stores around the North West and have also attracted the attention of other famous retailers.

Simply Doughnuts received help from Regenerate Pennine Lancashire to create an automated online ordering system and source funding for required machinery. The company currently employs 6 members of staff and predicts it will double in size in the next 12 months.

Regenerate provides a free phone enquiry service for all business enquiries from 8am until 6pm Monday – Friday.

For more information call 0800 612 2029 or visit

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