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 them with any of your questions, and we’ll be sure to point you in the right direction.
Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership
CLEP advisers can help you to navigate the variety of support available and ensure that you’re connected with the right solution for your business.
Contact CLEP team on 0800 069 6444 to start your free business diagnostic and to connect you to the right support to realise your growth potential.
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.
Cumbria Business Growth Hub
Start up courses, workshops and one-to-one advice are available, as is access to resources. It is designed specifically for people thinking of starting in business and young businesses in their first three years of trading. There is support for existing businesses too, both fledgling and those already well-established. This is perfect for businesses looking to grow and improve their competitiveness.
For more information contact Cumbria Business Growth Hub on [email protected] or 0844 257 8450.
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]
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]
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.
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.
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.