Data Sharing and Privacy Policy

Privacy Statement relating to the storage of information


What is Evolutive and who accesses the information?
Why is this information stored and how is it used?
Who are Growth Lancashire?
What information will be shared?
What are the legal gateways being used to share the information?
How will my information be used?
What is personal, sensitive and anonymised information?
How long is your information stored?
How will you information be protected?
Further Information

What is Evolutive and who accesses the information?

Evolutive is a database that stores information regarding the support and funding that businesses across Lancashire have received. The system is administered by Growth Lancashire with direct access granted to the following organisations hereby know as The Partnership;

Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Lancashire County Council, Growth Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen Council, Burnley Borough Council, Blackpool Borough Council, Chorley Council, Hyndburn Borough Council, Lancaster City Council, Pendle Borough Council, Preston City Council, Ribble Valley Borough Council, Rossendale Borough Council, South Ribble Borough Council, West Lancashire Borough Council and Wyre Council.

Access to input into Evolutive through a secure portal has also been granted to Boost Business Lancashire partners Winning Pitch, Selnet, Enterprise 4 All, Community and Business Partners and Orvia.

Boost also partners with European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) partners and other organisations that deliver business support services to Lancashire – Lancashire Skills Hub, University of Central Lancashire, Lancaster University, Learndirect, The Vedas Group, Edge Hill University, Innovation Agency and Manchester Growth Hub

Why is this information stored and how is it used?

This information is required to assess the impact of business support initiatives on the economy of Lancashire and the companies supported. The information is also required to monitor the effectiveness of external funding such as the European Regional Development Fund and other funding allocated to the The Partnership. It helps us to:

  • Advise businesses of the range business support available within Lancashire
  • Provide improved services to businesses though better coordination across support organisations
  • Provide more joined up, comprehensive performance management information to help us attract additional funding to Lancashire to support local businesses.

Data relating to the client journey and the value of public sector support is also required to comply with the State Aid De Minimis regulations specifically to monitor total support to individual businesses against the ceiling of 200,000 Euros in any three year period. This legislation is enforced across all UK Government and European funded business support projects.

Who are Growth Lancashire?

Growth Lancashire’s role is to serve both new and existing businesses to grow job opportunities and skills across the County. Growth Lancashire works on behalf of the other publicly funded business support organisations in Lancashire in coordinating business data and signposting businesses to the most appropriate source of support. A team of business advisors offer impartial advice to help businesses realise their potential.

What information will be shared?

Each Partnership organisation will only share the necessary and relevant information required to provide your business with help, advice and relevant funding opportunities.

  • Company Name
  • Company Address
  • Company contact details
  • Company Personnel Contact details
  • Nature of business
  • Individual Client Name
  • Individual Client Contact details
  • Details of the client journey/hours spent
  • Ethnicity of business owner
  • Disability of business owner
  • Age of business owner
  • D.O.B
  • Gender
  • Employment status
  • Nature of business enquiry
  • Notes relating to business enquiry
  • Outcome of any grant fund awarded including amount
  • Outcome of any job creation including details of the job (ethnicity, gender)
  • Turnover
  • Gross Value Added (GVA)

What are the legal gateways being used to share the information?

Data Protection Act 1998

Schedule 2 condition – Consent

Schedule 3 condition – Explicit Consent

General Data Protection Regulation

On the 25th May 2018 the Data Protection Act 1998 will be replaced by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The condition for processing under the GDPR will be:

Article 6

  • Processing shall be lawful only if and to the extent that at least one of the following applies:

the data subject has given consent to the processing of his or her personal data for one or more specific purposes;

Article 9

  • Paragraph 1 shall not apply if one of the following applies:

the data subject has given explicit consent to the processing of those personal data for one or more specified purposes.

For our contract with Boost Business Lancashire, we are required to record data on the companies, which will include your personal information, we assist and to share it with government departments (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Standards and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government) as a precondition of receiving funding from them. If you do not give us your consent then we will not be able to offer you any of our services

How will my information be used?

Your information will be used to:

  • monitor external funding
  • understanding clients requirements
  • track the allocated funding and support the client has already received

What is personal, sensitive and anonymised information?

The Partnership will store and process information that is classed as personal and sensitive under the Data Protection Act 1998. The Data Protection Act 1998 defines personal and sensitive information as.

Personal information is:

  • Information/Data which relates to a living, individual who can be identified from the data or other data/information that Growth Lancashire and its partners holds
  • This could be single elements or a combination e.g. names, addresses, occupation, date of birth could also include opinions about them and intentions towards them.

Sensitive Personal Information/Data is:

  • Physical or mental health, racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, trade union membership, sexual life, criminal allegations or record.

How long is your information stored?

The Partnership will only store information received from their involvement with you for as long as is legally required or in situations where there is no legal retention period they will follow established best practice.

How will you information be protected?

Your information will only be accessible by staff involved with The Partnership and on some occasions ICT support staff. Your data will not be stored outside the European Economic area and it will be stored and used in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Further Information

If you would like more information concerning The Partnership and their work then please contact

Your rights

If you would like to request a copy of the information The Partnership hold on you then please email

If at any point you believe the information we process on you is incorrect you can request to see it and even have it corrected or deleted. Where possible The Partnership will seek to comply with your request but we may need to hold or process information in connection with one or more of The Partnership’s legal functions.

You have the right to opt out of The Partnership receiving or holding your personal identifiable information. There are occasions where service providers will have a legal duty to share information, for example for safeguarding or criminal issues. The process for opting out will depend on what the specific data is and what programme it relates to.

You have the right to remove your consent from The Partnership at any point. If you do remove your consent for The Partnership to share your information then the will not be able to provide you with any support or possible funding. To remove your consent you must contact the Growth Lancashire team.

If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact the Information Governance team who will investigate the matter. If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data not in accordance with the law you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) here.

Cookie Policy

Last updated: July 2017

Growth Lancashire (“us”, “we”, or “our”) uses cookies on (the “Service”). By using the Service, you consent to the use of cookies.

Our Cookies Policy explains what cookies are, how we use cookies, how third-parties we may partner with may use cookies on the Service, your choices regarding cookies and further information about cookies.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of text sent by your web browser by a website you visit. A cookie file is stored in your web browser and allows the Service or a third-party to recognize you and make your next visit easier and the Service more useful to you.

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How Growth Lancashire uses cookies

When you use and access the Service, we may place a number of cookies files in your web browser.

We use cookies for the following purposes: to enable certain functions of the Service, to provide analytics, to store your preferences, to enable advertisements delivery, including behavioral advertising.

We use both session and persistent cookies on the Service and we use different types of cookies to run the Service:

– Essential cookies. We may use essential cookies to authenticate users and prevent fraudulent use of user accounts.

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In addition to our own cookies, we may also use various third-parties cookies to report usage statistics of the Service, deliver advertisements on and through the Service, and so on.

 What are your choices regarding cookies

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Main cookies used by the Service

Below is a list of the main cookies used by the Service and what each is used for:

What is the name of the cookie? Is the cookie a session or persistent? If the cookie is a persistent cookie, how long does it last for? What is the cookie used for? What does it do?
_ga Persistent  2 years This cookie name is asssociated with Google Universal Analytics – which is a significant update to Google’s more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.
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_gid Persistent  1 day This cookie name is asssociated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google. It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited.
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