Collaboration will return Lancashire economy to growth, expert claims

Lancashire businesses will bounce back by working closely together when the economy begins to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, one of the county’s leading growth experts has claimed.

Amin Vepari is programme manager for Two Zero, a support programme funded by Lancashire County Council to make businesses more resilient and give them tools to grow more sustainably through high quality coaching, mentoring and peer-to-support support.

The programme was launched in January 2020 and is refining its offer to provide tailored support for ambitious Lancashire businesses looking to accelerate their recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Amin said: “The Lancashire economy is tackling one of its most challenging periods in living memory. Throughout this pandemic, businesses have pulled together by offering guidance, support and services to help each other cope and stay resilient.”

“That sprit our county’s businesses have shown to collaborate and work together in recent weeks will be crucial over the coming months when thoughts may begin to return to growth for many businesses.

“Lancashire County Council and its partners have a fantastic range of business support packages to aid this recovery, but continued collaboration between businesses will also be crucial going forward.”

The Two Zero programme is tailored around specific sectors so businesses receive quality advice focused on their needs.

Two Zero is sponsoring Growth Business of the Year at this year’s BIBAs Awards, has which extended the application window for its 20 prize categories to give businesses more time to prepare their entries.

It has already received hundreds of applications for businesses of all sectors and sizes.

All applications can be started online on thebibas.co.uk website and completed over a period of weeks before being submitted.

Last September, Ann Dean, a former High Sherriff of Lancashire who is involved in a wide range of roles in business, charity and educational organisations, won the awards’ lifetime achievement prize, Lancastrian of the Year.

Preston-based Roccia collected the Business of the Year and Garstang-based Hoofcount, which sells chemical baths for cattle, was the only business to walk away with more than one, award picking up the Growth Business of the Year and Micro-Business of the Year.

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