Community & Business Partners are an award winning, not for profit organisation set up in 1988.
We deliver business support on a local, national, and global level whilst making an impact on our local communities and environment.
For over 30 years we have built a bank of approximately 200 business mentors and coaches with experience of supporting thousands of businesses to achieve their growth plans. We have specialists in all areas of business from marketing, sales, finance, leadership, and manufacturing, to name just a few.
In addition to our business support services, we also deliver several high impacting community services supporting those in need with food distribution, volunteering opportunity to reduce isolation and mental health and several environmental initiatives.
CBP’s purpose is to inspire, empower and nurture people and businesses, to remove barriers and make a positive change to their future.
Our CBP Members are businesses accessing numerous discounts and benefits for their organisation whilst helping us make a difference through our community projects.
Below are some of our services we provide:
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.
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.
Business Mentoring and Coaching: We support ANY Business in ANY Industry ANY where. 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 and Peer Networks
··Training workshops on subjects such as Sales, Marketing and Growth Strategy
···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
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.
Food Distribution: 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.