Data Sharing and Privacy Policy

Privacy Statement relating to the storage of information

Who are we?

Growth Lancashire is a business support and economic development company. It is owned by several Lancashire local authorities and operates across the County. Our role is diverse and focuses on supporting businesses to grow, caring for and developing Lancashire’s heritage and cultural assets, securing and delivering external funding, and promoting Lancashire and encouraging investment. We provide delivery capacity and expertise for Local Authorities, the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and other stakeholders, including the private sector. We are a contracted delivery partner for Boost, Lancashire’s business growth hub.

The partner organisations we work with are;

Each Partner organisation listed above provides a link to the corresponding Privacy Policy. Here you will find how each partner will exercise your data privacy rights. Please note clicking on the links will take you away from the current website.

The purpose for processing your data

The purpose of this partnership arrangement is to commit to taking a collaborative approach by effective sharing of person identifiable information in order to assist businesses and individuals wishing to start or grow a business within the Lancashire area.

Categories of data we collect

  • 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 (In some cases)
  • 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 etc) 

Legal basis for processing

Article 6(1)(e) of the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR).

Client information is gathered from each partner organisation and processed under Article 6(1)(e) of the GDPR, given that processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.

Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR).

Client information is gathered by each partner and processed under Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR, given that processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interest pursued by the controller or by a third party except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data.

Legal basis for the processing of special category data

Article 9(2)(g) of the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR).

Client information is processed by each partner organisation for reasons of substantial public interest. The sharing is proportionate to the aim pursued, respects the essence of the right to data protection and provides suitable and specific measures to safeguard the fundamental rights of the data subject. The substantial public interest is as defined in the Data Protection Act 2018 Schedule 1, Part 2, Section 8; for the purposes of ‘equality of opportunity or treatment’.

Who we share the information with

Other organisations within the Partnership named above. It may also be necessary to share information with central Government departments such as the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities and the Department for International Trade.

How long we hold the data

The period of time which each Local Authority is required to retain information for will be added into their Privacy Policy and displayed on their website. On the shared database, non-Local Authority data will be held for a minimum of current year + 12 years before it is deleted.

Further Information

Contact us by post Growth Lancashire, Suite 18, The Globe Centre, St James Square, Accrington, Lancashire. BB5 0RE, or by emailing

Please mark all correspondence for the attention of Ms Joanna Flatley

Updated 04/05/2022
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.

Cookies can be “persistent” or “session” cookies.

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.

 Third-party cookies

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

If you’d like to delete cookies or instruct your web browser to delete or refuse cookies, please visit the help pages of your web browser.

Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or refuse to accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our pages might not display properly.

Where can your find more information about cookies

You can learn more about cookies and the following third-party websites:

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.
_gali Persistent  10 minutes Enhanced Link Attribution improves the accuracy of your In-Page Analytics report by automatically differentiating between multiple links to the same URL on a single page by using link element IDs.
_gat Persistent 10 minutes This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.
_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.
cookie_policy Persistent 700 days This is set to remember that you have seen the cookie policy. Expiry 700 days