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.
We have teamed up with the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce to provide a dedicated programme of free business support, available for businesses of all sizes and sectors.
Start Up Support
This is available through the Cumbria 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.
The New Enterprise Allowance scheme is also available, providing mentoring to help produce a business plan. Money and support may be available to help along the way.
Existing Business Support
There is support too 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.
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.