Company boss to help budding firms

Guardian People. Apprentice awards evening.'Matthew Swift, Joe Govier and Natalie Woof.
Guardian People. Apprentice awards evening.'Matthew Swift, Joe Govier and Natalie Woof.

An award-winning Lancaster entrepreneur has been recruited to help Lancaster businesses make the most of a £7.2m business support programme that’s due to come to an end later this year.

Joe Govier, managing director of Halton based Connect 2 Cleanrooms, has become an ambassador for Boost Business Lancashire – the county’s business growth hub.

Boost is the £7.2m Lancashire Business Growth Hub delivered by Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership. Boost offers free and part-funded business support in areas such as mentoring, leadership, access to finance, innovation and skills.

Joe is a ‘graduate’ of the Boost service himself having taken part in the Lancashire Forum programme delivered by Lancaster University. The forum helps business owners develop their leadership skills with support from like-minded business people and is just one of the programmes available through Boost.

He said: “Almost 1,700 businesses across Lancashire are already benefiting from the support available from Boost Business Lancashire and I’m keen for businesses in Lancaster to make the most of this service before funding runs out in summer 2015. I would recommend Boost to any growing business.”