Lancashire Boost Clients

Caroline Dakin and Sarah Brennan – Evolving Edge Ltd, Lancashire (September 2016)








Growth Strategy Coaching

“We met with Boost business mentor Paul Aisthorpe over a three-month period and, with his support, created a business plan outlining both short-term and long-term goals in relation to turnover, marketing, geographical coverage, business growth and development of our product offer.

“Paul’s experience and personal network meant he could offer insight into areas we hadn’t considered and his mentoring experience meant that he challenged our existing beliefs and thought processes without providing us with the answers.

“The support we received has helped us to recognise where our time should be focused for maximum effectiveness, from marketing activity to pitching to clients, to implementing a new CRM system.

Since setting up the business our client base has risen dramatically and we have even delivered work internationally.

“Having a dedicated business mentor really helped us to develop and implement an ambitious growth plan that should establish us as one of the market leaders in training design and delivery, helping both locally based and international schools and businesses to perform at their best.”

Read the full Lancashire Boost Case Study Here

Andy Ratcliffe – Key Digital, Burnley (August 2015)



I was introduced to Andy from Key Digital Ltd as Business Growth Mentor by Community & Business Partners, Blackburn. The support he received was fully funded through BOOST Business Lancashire Growth Mentoring Programme.

The business needed to review its business strategy, take stock and find a practical way to step-back and gain clarity for the team on these new strategies.

Read the full Key Digital case study here


“Paul’s support has been instrumental in giving the team clarity and remaining focused on the key goals of the company. It is no coincidence that our fast period of growth has followed from working with Paul.”

Simply Trade





Growth Mentoring intervention through Lancashire LEAP:

“The Lancashire LEAP programme was very beneficial and helped us make important decisions within our business around recruitment and filling skills gaps. Paul made the meetings enjoyable – he was easy to talk to and quickly grasped the nature of our business which made the support very helpful to both ourselves and our company. His objective and honest approach made it easy to move forward with the business development plans.”

Early Impact:

  • Clear identification of risks within the business based on future business needs,
  • Clear options to address the skills gaps,
  • Creation of 2 new roles
  • Platform for continued expansion


Alison Hitchen – FAB Marketing Solutions, Blackburn – February 2015


Having my Business Mentor Paul Aisthorpe has been invaluable to my business.

I would say I now value Paul as a real asset to my business as his skills and knowledge has been second to none. Paul has made me realise where you can maximize on your profitability and where additional business opportunities are that were not immediately apparent. Having Paul there by my side has ensured I have important foundations in place and it has been one of the best decisions I have made.