Companies across Lancaster can access free new support to help them expand.
Businesses are being asked to take advantage of the Growth Skills Assist programme.
The fund is part of the £7.2m Boost Business Lancashire scheme - a so-called “growth hub” backing employers which have ambitions to develop their products and services.
It is run by a partnership which includes Lancaster University and it is currently supporting more than 50 businesses based in Lancaster.
The programme has been designed to help more than 400 people gain leadership, management and operational skills to help them achieve their business’ growth targets.
Research carried out for Boost’s Lancashire growth forecast survey found 47 per cent of the county’s businesses had identified skills shortages as barriers to growth in 2014.
Jane Houghton-Fenning, business development director at Community and Business Partners, which is helping deliver the programme, said: “Many businesses with the potential for high growth get held back because they lack the skills they need to break through to that next level.”
For more information visit www.boostbusinesslancashire.co.uk or call 0800 488 0057.