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Business Support & Finance

in South Lakeland, Cumbria

Support is available around the area, whether it’s information about finance, planning, licensing, broadband, recruitment, exporting or otherwise, there’s always someone who can help.

Our partners each offer their own services, but please don’t hesitate to Contact Us with any of your questions, and we’ll be sure to point you in the right direction.

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Business Support

We have teamed up with the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce and their Business Growth Hub to provide a dedicated programme of free business support, available for businesses of all sizes and sectors. For more information contact the Business Growth Hub on 0844 257 8450 or [email protected]

Cumbria Business Growth Hub

Start Up Support

This is available through the Cumbria Business Growth Hub to anybody exploring the idea of starting up a business. Start up courses, workshops and one-to-one advice are all available, as is access to resources and potential subsidies. It is designed specifically for people thinking of starting in business and young businesses in their first three years of trading.

Future Fixers

Future Fixers Purposeful Business Start-Up Programme

Inspiring and encouraging people to launch purposeful, ethical businesses with the environment at their heart. The programme includes six training training sessions, a one-to one session, training resources, fortnightly group coaching sessions and access to the wider Future Fixers community. For more information contact Future Fixers on 07854 751169 or [email protected]

Cumbria Action for Sustainability

Providing net zero business support including webinars and one-to-one advice. They have advisers and a network of like-minded businesses, as well as online resources such as their carbon footprint calculator. For more information contact CAfS on [email protected] or 01768 210276

Existing Business Support

There is support too from the Business Growth Hub for existing businesses, both fledgling and those already well-established. This is perfect for businesses looking to grow and improve their competitiveness. A flexible offer can meet specific needs, and an individual can be supported by both the start up and existing business packages, ensuring support can continue during the early stages of the business lifecycle.

Green Small Business

Green Small Business

Offering the Green Small Business certification scheme, with support for businesses to tailor their environmental management plans and policies to reduce their carbon footprint and increase profitability, helping small businesses to better manage their environmental impacts and to reap the benefits of going green. For more information contact Green Small Business at [email protected]

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Business Finance

Business Finance

There may also be financial support available to you, whether you’re looking to start up, grow or relocate to South Lakeland. We recommend you start by taking a look at the funding search tools below.

GOV.UK - Business Finance and Support
Enterprise Answers - Simple, Affordable Business Loans
Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

Recruitment & Skills

South Lakeland has high performing schools, colleges and universities which work closely with local employers to run specialist vocational programmes and provide the skilled workforce of the future. But don’t just take our word for it, see for yourselves and explore the opportunities available to your business.

There’s government support if you’re looking to recruit an apprentice, or want to explore internship opportunities through the Graduate Talent Pool. The Universal Jobmatch can also be used to advertise jobs and find people to match your needs.

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Recruitment & Skills
Lancaster University
Kendal College
Furness College
University of Cumbria
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Business Events

Business Events

There are a host of business events, many free, around South Lakeland and wider Cumbria which provide networking opportunities and the chance to hear from guest speakers with vast knowledge and experience. Keep an eye on our event listings to see what’s coming up soon.

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Cumbria Growth Hub Business Events

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