Winning Pitch was chosen by the Lancashire growth hub to be its prime contractor for what was at the time, the hub’s largest project, the Lancashire LEAP initiative, dedicated to inspiring and supporting start-ups. Our selection was founded on a number of factors including a long and successful track record in high growth business support and a reputation for delivering high value growth programmes with dramatic impact and RoI.
Previous experience launching a pilot programme for new businesses in East Lancashire also meant we had a feel for the region and its issues. We were able to use that knowledge when talking to a range of local enterprises and coaches to capture their insight on the weaknesses within the region’s business landscape.
The Lancashire LEAP initiative mentored and coached over 547 new high growth businesses resulting in the creation of 276 new jobs and £4.1m GVA in Lancashire. We founded intensive launchpad events for fledgling businesses and less experienced leaders, focussing their energy to give Lancashire’s start-ups the greatest chance of success.
Young enterprises and their entrepreneurs need a very specific type of coaching. It’s not just the information but the style of delivery that has to be right to ensure every point has impact and brings home a result. In our experience such individuals demand more value from business support events than the average workshop can ever deliver, which is why we developed the Lean Start Up and Scaling for Growth Launchpad. They were specifically devised to get new businesses onto a high growth trajectory swiftly, safely, with the best chance of avoiding the common pitfalls and hurdles.
COMPANY CASE STUDY
Jennifer Duthrie, Skribbies, Blackpool
Skribbies was a start-up, a new brand of shoes that kids can decorate with stickers and pens, then wipe off and begin again.
“When the business was still in an early stage but since the Leap Boot Camp sessions, Skribbies pitched successfully to John Lewis, joined the UKTI passport to export programme and reached the Shell LiveWIRE Entrepreneur of the year final. Revenue grew and new products are always in the design and development stage. The business and product receiving great press and media attention.
“The Lancashire Leap programme has been incredible. It really honed my focus on critical aspects of my business particularly in the financial and legal areas. The interaction with other start-up stage entrepreneurs was particularly insightful and encouraged me to be more lateral in my thinking. The group leaders as well as the peers in my group have been a great support to the business and me.”