Community & Business Partners

CBP’s mission is to support businesses, community groups and voluntary bodies with a range of services, both advisory and practical.

In all its work, CBP is committed to aiding commercial enterprises as well as encouraging greater corporate social responsibility, environmental awareness and social enterprise and we have a range of projects supporting both businesses and members of the community.

Below are some of our current projects:

Growth Mentoring: Community & Business Partners are the lead Growth Mentoring delivery partner for the Boost Business Lancashire programme.   Boost is one of the 38 Growth Hubs in the UK and is led by Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

Growth Mentoring is a fully funded programme where your business is matched with a successful businessperson who’ll support you to tackle the challenges that you are facing in managing and growing your business. These challenges could include business planning, finance, sales, marketing, exporting or human resource management.

Following an initial review, we will identify your business and personal goals and match you with a suitable mentor based on your sector, personality profile and goals. You choose how you want the support to be delivered; one-to one or in a group, where and when, and how frequent.

With more than 300 mentors, that we personally match for you, based on skills, industry experience and personality, we’re sure we have someone with the skills and experience to be a sounding board for you to test ideas on, and to offer a different perspective on your business.

We’ve already helped more than 1,000 businesses to grow and we consistently receive strong feedback from our clients.

Tier 1 (Start up & Innovator VISA programmes) – Home Office.

CBP have Business Support Programmes available that are especially suitable for the Start-up and Innovator visa applicants as non-EEA nationals wishing to set up or invest in the UK through an innovative, scalable and viable business.

Our programmes introduce you to our wide network of specialist and generalist business mentors, coaches, partners and additional resources to help you maximise your entrepreneurial potential.

We offer:

·Over 30-years heritage supporting high growth businesses; both start-up and established.

·A mentor bank of over 200 mentors and coaches; one of the largest pools in the Northwest of England.

·Tailored programmes to reduce risk and acquire best practice to ensure maximum success.

·Approved endorsement body status for Innovator and Start-up visa applications.

All businesses should be innovative, scalable and viable.

To support you effectively through these programmes, your business idea will first be assessed against the following criteria:

·Innovative -you have a genuine, original business idea and plan, that meets new or existing market needs and / or creates a competitive advantage.

·Scalable - you have evidence of structured planning demonstrating the potential for job creation and growth into national and international markets.

·Viable - you have now, or with support will have the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and market awareness to successfully run the business described.

Northern Mentoring Programme: Community & Business Partners launched the Northern Mentoring Programme to support ANY Business in ANY Industry ANY where in the Northwest. With access to one of the largest team of qualified and experienced mentors in the Northwest we have experts that can support you with strategic growth plans, digital marketing, sales, human resources or lean processes within your manufacturing site, to name just a few.

With the option to choose from two membership packages you can expect to benefit from:

·One-to-One Business Mentoring

·Group Mentoring

·Training workshops on subjects such as Sales, Marketing and Growth Strategy

·Annual Member Conference

·Peer support with other members, like minded businesses and mentors

·Our knowledge to help you access various funded programmes, if eligible, which may include accessing finance

Contact us now to see how we can support your business.

Lancashire HR Employers Forum, sponsored by Forbes Solicitors:

·The Forum for HR Practitioners and Business Owners with employees

·Regular updates from ACAS and Employment Solicitors

·Guest speakers – relevant topics, i.e. leadership & management, employee engagement, wellbeing etc

·Regularly over 100 delegates in attendance

SAMS (Scrap Art Material Store): An Aladdin’s cave of creative goodies SAMS collect, display and offer back to the whole community a huge assortment of recycled goods. With the help of donations from public and private organisations, SAMS places the spotlight firmly on reuse, actively encouraging environmental awareness within the local business community.

From fabrics and ribbon to cardboard cones and zips, SAMS has it all under one roof, creating a unique environment for the community to engage in. Donating companies reduce their carbon footprint, develop corporate social responsibility and minimise disposal costs so improving profit. SAMS has created a network of companies and members across the region and works tirelessly, creating partnerships with other recycling projects across the whole country.

Waste Not Want Not: Our facility where anyone can come to get food, some subsidised and some free of charge – without referral from a statutory agency or service.

We have some weekly food portion for £6 and also collect the end of day bakery produce from our local Lidls and give it away on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 2pm, whilst stocks last.

Community RePaint: Unwanted surplus paint is diverted from the waste stream and redistributed for reuse by community groups, charities, voluntary sector organisations and individuals in social need. We sell the paint at a reasonable and affordable price from as little as £1.

Day Open Open time Close time
Sunday Closed
Monday Open 9:00am 5:00pm
Tuesday Open 9:00am 5:00pm
Wednesday Open 9:00am 5:00pm
Thursday Open 9:00am 5:00pm
Friday Open 9:00am 5:00pm
Saturday Closed


Jobs (2)

Business Relationship Manager

Closing: 27/09/2020

Position: Permanent

Hours: Full-time

Salary: £35,000 p/a plus excellent pension scheme and uncapped commission

Category: Business services

Job Title:                 Business Relationship Manager Department:          Business Team            Location:                 Office: Energy Zone, Newfield Drive, Blackburn, BB2 3UA           Reporting to:          Operations...

Project Engagement Officer

Closing: 30/03/2018

Position: Temporary

Hours: Full-time

Salary: £22,000 - £25,000

Job description Job Title: Department: Location: Reporting to: Contract: Hours: Project Engagement Officer Business Team Office: Energy Zone, Newfield Drive,...

Events (3)

Peer Networks

Date: 03/11/2021 - 12/01/2022

Address: United Kingdom

Hosted by: Community and Business Partners & Peter Dickinson

New Year – New Start Do you want to make changes in your business in 2022, but don’t know where...

Peer Networks

Date: 16/11/2021 - 25/01/2022

Address: United Kingdom

Hosted by: Community and Business Partners & Peter Dickinson

New Year – New Start Do you want to make changes in your business in 2022, but don’t know where...

Peer Networks

Date: 07/01/2022 - 04/03/2022

Address: United Kingdom

Hosted by: Community and Business Partners & Michael Lough

New Year – New Start Do you want to make changes in your business in 2022, but don’t know where...

Training (1)

Commercial Training

Posted: 29/04/2019

Type: Business

Community & Business Partners and business consultant John Woodruffe from Turnkey Corporate have formed a strategic partnership to develop and...

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