51 businesses set-up in town

Chorley is proving to be the place to set up in business according to new figures.

The town is again on target to exceed the number of new business start-ups it is targeted to achieve, for the fourth year on the trot.

Chorley Council has already helped 51 new businesses set up in just nine months from April 1, 2010, with more in the pipeline before the end of March 2011.

Coun Peter Malpas who champions business ventures for Chorley Council said: “We have a target of 53 new start ups each year and for the fourth year running we are on track to be well over that number, as we expect the final figure for the year 2010-11 will be in the mid 70s again.

“People are choosing to come to Chorley to set up in business because of its ideal location and the package of help and support that we can offer as a council.

“The added good news is that some 95 per cent of new businesses established survive for 12 months with 91 per cent of them sustained for two years and 87 per cent for three years.”

In the last three months alone, 18 businesses have set up ranging from hairdresser, hypnotherpist and holistic therapists, to carpet cleaner, café and construction.

Now the council is urging others keen to set up in business, expand or relocate to Chorley to get in touch and see just what level of help and support is on the table.

The council can advise on grants or loans that are available and can support businesses needing help in finding suitable premises.

In partnership with the Business Venture Group the Council offers one-to-one business advice and support; business induction courses; and tailored courses to include such things as business planning, financial planning and marketing.

And in the future the council plans to broker specialist coaching for potential entrepreneurs from higher unemployment areas or organisations under threat of redundancy including those in the public sector.