New boost for town’s business

Nick Grimshaw of the Business Venture Group
Nick Grimshaw of the Business Venture Group

ENCOURAGING steps in employment and enterprise have been given the green light after it was revealed a £50,000 project is to open in the summer.

North Lancashire Enterprise (NLE) is poised to move into an empty shop on Adelaide Street to provide business advice to firms and to help businesses get up and running.

Nick Grimshaw, a business adviser for NLE said details still had to be finalised but hoped to make a decision in the next four weeks and has scheduled a provisional opening date for July.

Mr Grimshaw said: “We have had a lot of success in the Morecambe area and we feel we can repeat that here.

“Morecambe and Fleetwood have similar issues.

“They are both tourist towns where major industries have been decimated.”

Once the centre opens it will remain open for at least five years to offer a range of advice and training on issues such as tax and national insurance, marketing and obtaining grants.

Mr Grimshaw added: “We will provide space as an information centre for local authorities.

“It will be a training centre, there will be business advice and we are talking to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau who may be interested.”

As well as businesses being put in touch with advisers, a “virtual office” will also be set up to provide a telephone answering and reception service.

The NLE were in discussions to move into Compass House on Dock Street, formerly used as cargo ferry offices.

But that idea has stalled with Association British Ports still looking for a carrier to replace Stena who left in December and the Competition Commission investigating Stena’s routes in the Irish Sea.