A coherent approach to business support.

Business support is playing a vital role in enabling Cumbria’s businesses to grow, create more jobs and maximise their potential. It is also designed to foster a stronger culture of business start-up in the county, as well as helping local firms to diversify, offer new products and services and grow sales and exports.

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is putting business support activities high on its agenda, helping with a co-ordinated programme across all economic sectors. The aim is to ensure that the county’s business community has appropriate access to a wider range of business support facilities, including national products and programmes.

Working with both public funded and commercial partners, our aim is to ensure ongoing co-ordination to deliver a multi-layered programme of business support underpinned by a series of key objectives:

  • Support innovation and development of technology-based products and services and their associated commercialisation.
  • Foster innovation with tailored access to finance to facilitate investment in intellectual property.
  • Ensure start-ups and SMEs can access appropriate support for entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Promote Cumbria to encourage more investors and businesses to locate to or invest in the county.
  • Develop an enhanced supply chain management programme so businesses can win more contracts.
  • Help businesses invest in activities to improve productivity and increase export growth potential.

Please note: The lists of commercial and public sector business support organisations on these pages are for information purposes. They are not exhaustive and do not constitute an implicit recommendation of their services by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.

Business Growth [to top ↑]

Helping you to achieve the business growth you want.

If you are seeking new strategies and means to scale up your business, diversify your products and services or improve productivity to achieve business growth, this page of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership website may point you in the right direction to either commercial or publicly funded opportunities.

Our aim is to help businesses like yours to innovate, be more creative, resilient and adaptable, and to find new ways of accelerating growth, from increased domestic sales through to breaking into new markets and exporting goods and services across international boundaries.

You can find out more about business growth strategies by browsing through the list of local and national support organisations below:

CUMBRIA GROWTH HUB

Offering packages of support including business review, personalised action plans and one-to-one expert advice across a range of specialisms.

LANCASTER UNIVERSITY BUSINESS SCHOOL

A six-month programme designed for owner-managers, MDs, and senior decision makers of SMEs with growth aspirations to develop strategic thought processes and gain the skills to successfully describe, design, challenge and pivot business models.

LANCASTER UNIVERSITY BUSINESS SCHOOL

A twelve-month programme in partnership with BAE Systems, Siemens and Rolls Royce, designed to support and invest in manufacturers, provide access to the latest techniques, thinking and research to transform productivity and working practices.

KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER PARTNERSHIPS

A UK-wide programme helping businesses to improve competitiveness and productivity through better use of knowledge, technology and skills within the UK Knowledge Base.

BRITISH BUSINESS BANK

Government-owned business development bank dedicated to providing better choice of finance for smaller businesses.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Advice for those new to exporting, selling abroad occasionally, and time-saving online tools and services for experienced exporters.

HM REVENUE & CUSTOMS

Advice on starting and growing a business, writing a business plan, working for yourself, employing staff for the first time, growing your business, and applying for a start-up loan.

GREAT BUSINESS

Building your business with funding and support for new ideas, planning and financing for business and export growth.

CUMBRIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

An innovative, committed and financially strong business organisation for Cumbria, seeking opportunities to support and represent businesses whatever their size or sector.

CUMBRIA TOURISM

The official Destination Management Organisation for the Lake District, Cumbria, seeking to create a world class visitor experience through effective marketing, proactive sustainable tourism development and relevant industry services.

BRITAIN’S ENERGY COAST BUSINESS CLUSTER (BECBC)

A private sector led organisation with members from SMEs to global companies with business interests in West Cumbria, benefiting from networking, promotion, knowledge sharing, specialist sector groups and relationship development with key stakeholders in the supply chain and Cumbrian economy.

FURNESS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FORUM

Supporting economic growth in Furness and by its companies, through advocacy, business engagement, improved infrastructure, education, skills and quality of life.

CARLISLE AMBASSADORS

For individuals, businesses and organisations who want to make Carlisle an even better place to live, work, invest and visit as a Cumbrian centre of business, tourism and culture.

FEDERATION OF SMALL BUSINESS

Working with the Department for International Trade to help more small businesses, especially start-ups and younger businesses, to export, matching individual businesses to interested overseas customers and campaigning to ensure that small businesses have simple access to European markets.

MENTORSME

An online gateway for businesses looking for mentoring services.

NATIONAL FARMERS UNION

A key representation body for agriculture in England and Wales, championing agriculture and horticulture and campaigning for a stable and sustainable future for British farmers and its members.

BRITISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

Working closely with its foreign counterparts, Governments and British exporters all over the world to open up extensive international networks for international trade.

INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS

Strategic export advice and support to help break into new markets, as well as generating more sales, better profits and a greater spread of customers.

IPO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Intellectual property protection advice to stop prevent people stealing or copying the names of your products or brands, your inventions, the design or look of your products, or things you write, make or produce.

TRADING STANDARDS CUMBRIA

Legal compliance support for businesses, including how the law relates to your business, how to comply with specific requirements, resolve conflicts, or enter into a Primary Authority Partnership with Cumbria Trading Standards Service.

TRADING STANDARDS

Providing leadership, influence, support and resources to help combat consumer and business detriment by prioritising, funding and co-ordinating national and regional enforcement cases.

CREATIVE ENGLAND

A pioneering not-for-profit company which accelerates talent and ideas across tech, games, film and TV, supporting creative people and businesses to help turn ideas into a reality.

THE CARBON TRUST

Accelerating the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy with services and bespoke solutions to help organisations succeed.

THE SCALE UP INSTITUTE

Aiming to advance understanding of how to scale up a business, and how to build the most effective environment in which scale-ups can flourish, as well as collaborating with policy makers, corporate partners and educational establishments.

TED TALKS

A non-profit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks, covering almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

Business support helpline:
0300 456 3565 (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm)

Finance [to top ↑]

Flexible access to finance for business growth.

To complement existing business support activity, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is aiming to help the county’s businesses by providing guidance and information on the types of funding available to them and the increasing flexibility within the mix of available finance options.

Access to finance is an integral part of business growth strategy for many firms, whether they are looking for conventional loans, micro-finance or equity vehicles.

You can explore a range of other finance possibilities such as start-up loans, crowdfunding, venture capital, export finance through the list of both commercial and publicly funded UK providers below. This list is not an exhaustive library of current resources and may be subject to change from time to time.

NORTHERN POWERHOUSE INVESTMENT FUND (NPIF)

Helps SMEs secure the funding for growth and development, including micro-finance, business loans and equity finance.

GREAT BUSINESS

Building your business with funding and support for new ideas, planning and financing for business and export growth.

BRITISH BUSINESS BANK

Government-owned business development bank dedicated to providing better choice of finance for smaller businesses.

EUROPEAN STRUCTURAL INVESTMENT FUNDS

Cumbria LEP has an allocation of European Funding through to 2020 offering opportunities to support business growth, create jobs and improve skills levels.

ENTERPRISE ANSWERS

Business loans and finance for businesses in Cumbria, Lancashire and the North East.

INNOVATE UK

Innovate UK works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy.

CATAPULT CENTRES

A network of centres designed to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in specific areas and help drive future economic growth.

START-UP LOANS

Helping new and early stage UK businesses access affordable finance and mentoring support.

CROWDCUBE

Crowdfunding to enable investors to work alongside professionals and venture capital firms in start-ups, early and growth stage businesses.

CROWDFUNDER

A community of over 600,000 people who are funding business ideas, charities, community groups, sports clubs, political movements and more.

KICKSTARTER

Helping artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality.

VIRGIN STARTUP

Not-for-profit company for entrepreneurs providing government-backed start-up Loans and one-to-one business advice.

START UP LOANS

Offering low-interest personal loans to help fund your business ideas, as well as free business support to give you the confidence to succeed.

FUNDING CIRCLE

Access to investor funding for business growth, job creation, and support for local communities to drive the economy forward.

THINK BUSINESS LOANS

Commercial broker for flexible finance facilities and unsecured and secured business Loans from £5,000 to £500,000.

UK EXPORT FINANCE

Helping exporters become more competitive and win contracts with attractive financing for buyers of UK goods and services.

MARKET INVOICE

A peer-to-peer finance platform to help businesses get the finance they need, with funds provided by investors including the British Business Bank.

BOOST AND CO

Providing debt and financing solutions to SMEs in Europe to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship.

FW CAPITAL

A UK fund management company providing tailored commercial investments to businesses across Northern England.

BEECH BROOK CAPITAL

A specialist fund manager providing debt and equity capital to small and medium-sized businesses in northern Europe.

CREDIT ASSET MANAGEMENT

Business finance and asset based lending to the SME market, especially in the technology, healthcare, media sectors and traditional professions.

URICA

Combines funding, leading credit insurance technology and forex management to accelerate invoice payments between businesses of all sizes, removing the need for debt.

ZOPA

Directly matching people looking for a low rate loan with investors looking for a higher rate of return.

BUSINESS ANGELS

National trade association for angel and early-stage investment, representing over 160 member organisations and around 18,000 investors.

GREEN INVESTMENT BANK

Targeting investments in green infrastructure projects across established and emerging technologies, from offshore wind to biofuels.

ANGEL FINANCE

Helping angel investors and entrepreneurs build lasting and profitable relationships, with business growth solutions, investment expertise and an extensive network of contacts.

THE CARBON TRUST

An independent, expert partner helping organisations contribute to and benefit from a more sustainable future through carbon reduction, resource efficiency and low carbon technologies.

GRANT FINDER

Helping businesses to identify key funding challenges, develop projects to align with funding programme requirements and match them with appropriate partners.

BRITISH VENTURE CAPITAL ASSOCIATION

The industry body and public policy advocate for the private equity and venture capital industry in the UK.

BRITISH GROWTH FUND

An independent company Backed by five of the UK’s main banking groups and with up to £2.5bn with which to make long-term equity investments.


Many of the leading banks in the UK like HSBC, Nat West, Lloyds, Barclays, Handelsbanken and others may also be able to help you find the right financial deal to help you grow your business.

Business support helpline:
0300 456 3565 (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm)

Innovation [to top ↑]

Business support to drive innovation.

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is aiming to ensure that the county takes full advantage of innovation and new technology. That means supporting businesses with appropriate advice and guidance, providing them with a co-ordinated programme of support across key economic sectors and effectively signposting them to organisations who specialise in innovation.

From university departments across Cumbria and the North West through to national leadership programmes and organisations such as Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network, there is always someone on hand who can help you develop that innovative product or service idea for which you need support. That includes key aspects of the end to end processes such as research, design, product engineering and manufacturing, compliance and market readiness.

You can also find out more about local, regional and national organisations which specialise in business support for innovation by browsing through the contacts listed below:

CUMBRIA INNOVATIONS PLATFORM

The programme has been designed for inventive and innovative Cumbrian businesses who wish to accelerate their growth and utilise resources based within Lancaster University and the University of Cumbria.

ECO INNOVATION CUMBRIA

Eco-innovation Cumbria is a 4-year programme to help SMEs to improve efficiency, grow capacity and develop new solutions for industry.

UNIVERSITY OF CUMBRIA

Environments, events, activities and expertise to help you introduce new thinking, methods and processes to your business.

INNOVATE TO SUCCEED

Innovate2Succeed helps growing companies to manage the development of products and services, with a fully funded programme providing bespoke coaching support to meet specific problems and barriers.

LANCASTER UNIVERSITY INNOVATION HUB

IT Partnering and Innovation to connect you with existing ISS Services and working with you to understand how technology can help your business.

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE

Helping businesses innovate and grow with an institution-wide service for the protection and exploitation of intellectual property (IP) via licensing, joint ventures and spin-out company formation.

UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER INNOVATION CENTRE

UMIC is wholly owned by The University of Manchester and was founded to develop and maintain a world-class infrastructure for spin-outs and spin-in ventures.

LANCASTER UNIVERSITY ENTREPRENEURSHIP, STRATEGY & INNOVATION

Undertakes work in the fields of entrepreneurship and strategic management research, education and business support.

KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER NETWORK

Innovate UK’s network partner providing innovation networking for other funders in line with its mission to drive UK growth.

INNOVATE UK

Innovate UK works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy.

CENTRE FOR LEADERSHIP PERFORMANCE

A not-for-profit organisation working to support the growth of leadership capacity across Cumbria, including learning and development at all levels and across all sectors in Cumbria.

GREAT BUSINESS

Building your business with funding and support for new ideas, planning and financing for business and export growth.

CATAPULT CENTRES

A network of centres designed to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in specific areas and help drive future economic growth.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Information regarding copyright, patents, designs and trademarks are all types of intellectual property protection.

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING RESEARCH CENTRE

Working with Boeing, helps manufacturers of any size to become more competitive by introducing advanced techniques, technologies and processes.

NUCLEAR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING RESEARCH CENTRE

A collaboration of academic and industrial partners from across the nuclear supply chain, with the mission of helping UK manufacturers win work at home and worldwide.

INNOVATION GROWTH LAB

A global collaboration which develops and tests different approaches to support innovation, entrepreneurship and growth.

ENTERPRISE EUROPE NETWORK

The world’s largest support network for SMEs with international ambitions, helping them innovate and grow on an international scale.

ENGINEERING AND PHYSIC RESEARCH

Information about partnership opportunities and outcomes of innovative research to help drive the future prosperity of the UK.

THE WELDING INSTITUTE

The leading professional engineering institution for the registration of people involved with welding and joining all over the world.

SCALE UP INSTITUTE

A private sector, not-for-profit company focused on making the UK the best place in the world to scale up a business.

UK RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

Operating across the UK with a combined budget of more than £6bn and bringing together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England.

DESIGN COUNCIL

A leading authority on the use of strategic design and its use to tackle major societal challenges, drive economic growth and innovation.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL

The main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, including materials science, information technology and structural engineering.

Business support helpline:
0300 456 3565 (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm)

Start-ups [to top ↑]

Helping you make a business idea a reality.

Do you have a great new business idea but you don’t know how to get business start-up support?

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership can help you find the right people to develop your ideas and advise you on what you need to do, from writing a business plan and deciding on how your company will be structured, to registering your business with Companies House and the Inland Revenue and setting up appropriate support services like accountancy, legal advice, access to finance, your online presence, sales and marketing, and staff recruitment.

There is a wide variety of support initiatives and organisations which can provide you with highly valuable advice when you are starting out in business. Many of these are listed here:

CUMBRIA GROWTH HUB

Offering packages of support including business review, personalised action plans and one-to-one expert advice across a range of specialisms.

SCHOOL FOR START UPS

Business advice and a portfolio of support services with training courses, curricula, and policy advice, which help entrepreneurs achieve success.

NEW ENTERPRISE ALLOWANCE

For over 18s with a business idea that could work, help to move from drawing benefits to working by starting or running a business.

PRINCES TRUST

Free programmes to give young people practical and financial support, key skills, confidence and motivation to get into jobs, education and training.

BUSINESS IS GREAT

Access to networks, groups and organisations for all types and style of new business, where you can get practical advice, ideas and make many valuable contacts.

NEW ENTREPRENEURS FOUNDATION

Established to create a new generation of outstanding entrepreneurs who will build market-leading businesses and play a key role in driving Britain’s future prosperity.

OPEN UNIVERSITY

Introductory course for those setting up a small or micro-business or for anyone considering that or self-employment as a career option.

MENTORSME

An online gateway for businesses looking for mentoring services.

WOMEN IN ENTERPRISE

Support for women setting up in business, with access to networks, groups and organisations, as well as practical advice, ideas and make many valuable contacts.

TRADING STANDARDS CUMBRIA

Legal compliance support for businesses, including how the law relates to your business, how to comply with specific requirements, resolve conflicts, or enter into a Primary Authority Partnership with Cumbria Trading Standards Service.

TRADING STANDARDS

Providing leadership, influence, support and resources to help combat consumer and business detriment by prioritising, funding and co-ordinating national and regional enforcement cases.

IPO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Intellectual property protection advice to stop prevent people stealing or copying the names of your products or brands, your inventions, the design or look of your products, or things you write, make or produce.

HMRC

Advice on starting and growing a business, writing a business plan, working for yourself, employing staff for the first time, growing your business, and applying for a start-up loan.

GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES

What you need to do to set up and register your business, whether as a sole trader, limited company or partnership.

GREAT BUSINESS

Building your business with funding and support for new ideas, planning and financing for business and export growth.

BRITISH BUSINESS BANK

Government-owned business development bank dedicated to providing better choice of finance for smaller businesses.

VIRGIN STARTUP

Not-for-profit company for entrepreneurs providing government-backed start-up Loans and one-to-one business advice.

ENTERPRISE ANSWERS

Business loans and finance for businesses in Cumbria, Lancashire and the North East.

START-UP LOANS

Helping new and early stage UK businesses access affordable finance and mentoring support.

CROWDCUBE

Crowdfunding to enable investors to work alongside professionals and venture capital firms in start-ups, early and growth stage businesses.

CROWDFUNDER

A community of over 600,000 people who are funding business ideas, charities, community groups, sports clubs, political movements and more.

KICKSTARTER

Helping artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality.

BUSINESS ANGELS

National trade association for angel and early-stage investment, representing over 160 member organisations and around 18,000 investors.

Business support helpline:
0300 456 3565 (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm)

International Trade [to top ↑]

Helping you expand your business into international markets.

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership can signpost you to the information and advisory services you need to achieve export growth and ‘internationalise’ your products and service offering.

Working with key partners such as the Department for International Trade (DIT) North West, our network of international trade services and advisors help local firms fulfil their global market ambitions, with support at every stage of the business planning process.

Whether you are a seasoned exporter or just beginning to expand overseas into international markets, these services can help you maximise your business capabilities and widen the reach of your products, including how to identify and solve logistical, goods handling, fulfilment and returns implications.

You can have access to tailored support programmes and the latest market data, or you can attend trade fairs or export trade missions. You can also obtain valuable advice on export documentation, relevant financial subsidies and key contacts in overseas markets.

There are a number of support organisations listed below which may be able to offer you appropriate advice, guidance and support for international trade:

EXPORT ADVICE FROM GOVERNMENT

Information on exporting and doing business abroad, including getting an EORI number, taking goods temporarily out of the UK and taking goods with you to sell abroad.

DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE’S (DIT) E-EXPORTING PROGRAMME

Help for UK retailers and brands to export overseas via e-commerce and to sell products or services to millions of global consumers, growing their business through online exports.

DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE (DIT)

A network of trade specialists who can support you in finding international customers by helping you prepare for a trade show or overseas market visit or arranging introductions to potential buyers, agents and distributors.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Advice for those new to exporting, selling abroad occasionally, and time-saving online tools and services for experienced exporters.

NEW TO EXPORTING

Outlining the benefits of selling overseas, how to get ready to trade internationally and researching and identifying your target markets.

OCCASIONAL EXPORTER

Information on how to achieve export growth, research new markets and prepare products or services to sell overseas.

REGULAR EXPORTER

Advice on how to expand your exports by finding more overseas opportunities from businesses looking for products or services like yours, as well as showcasing products directly to overseas buyers through the ‘find a supplier’ service.

EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES

Platform from which to find and apply for overseas opportunities from businesses looking for products or services like yours.

ONLINE SELLING OVERSEAS

Platform from which to find online marketplaces and reach over 2 billion consumers online around the world, with exclusive deals negotiated on behalf of UK businesses.

EXPORT FINANCE

Helping exporters win contracts with attractive financing terms for buyers of UK goods and services to help exporters make their offering more competitive.

FIND A BUYER OVERSEAS

Access to a free great.gov.uk trade profile to let international buyers get in touch with your company, showcase your projects and experience and help give your business international credibility.

FEDERATION OF SMALL BUSINESS

Working with the Department for International Trade to help more small businesses, especially start-ups and younger businesses, to export, matching individual businesses to interested overseas customers and campaigning to ensure that small businesses have simple access to European markets.

BRITISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

Working closely with its foreign counterparts, Governments and British exporters all over the world to open up extensive international networks for international trade.

HSBC – TRADING OVERSEAS

Advice and tips for SMEs seeking to grow their business through export, helping them find customers overseas, plus access to research to better understand the experiences, views and concerns of those UK SMEs that already export.

INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS

Strategic export advice and support to help break into new markets, as well as generating more sales, better profits and a greater spread of customers.

Business support helpline:
0300 456 3565 (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm)

Supply chain [to top ↑]

Connecting you with local supply chains.

There are a number of major businesses within Cumbria, including national and multi-national organisations, which regularly offer supply opportunities for local firms offering products or services which meet their specific needs.

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is keen to match our own home grown businesses with suitable products to larger employers in the county for the benefit of local supply chains.

You can find out more about local, regional and national organisations operating within the county and those which help to connect supply chains by browsing through the contact information listed below:

FIT4NUCLEAR

A service to help UK manufacturing companies get ready to bid for work in the civil nuclear supply chain, allowing them to measure operations against the standards required to supply the nuclear industry – in new build, operations and decommissioning – and take the necessary steps to close any gaps.

THE WELDING INSTITUTE

The leading professional engineering institution for the registration of people involved with welding and joining all over the world.

BAE SYSTEMS

Access to supply chain opportunities for agile, reliable, innovative and high performing suppliers, for a wide range of major equipment, services, materials and components.

NHS

Information about NHS procurement processes and the NHS Supply Chain Catalogue for suppliers wishing to supply products, including a procurement calendar identifying forthcoming tender opportunities.

CUMBRIA GROWTH HUB

Offering packages of support including business review, personalised action plans and one-to-one expert advice across a range of specialisms.

SELLAFIELD

Working with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, responsible for the safe and secure operation and clean-up of the Sellafield nuclear site, from cleaning-up the country’s highest nuclear risks and hazards to safeguarding nuclear fuel.

INNOVIA

A manufacturer and supplier of speciality polypropylene and cellulose films for product packaging, labelling and over wrapping applications. The company relies upon a complex global supply chain encompassing raw materials, goods and services.

PIRELLI

Opportunities for suppliers to work with Pirelli by using its supplier handbook, designed to provide suppliers with a clear statement of principles and values, managerial approach, compliance requirements and conduct.

SUPPLY CHAIN SUSTAINABILITY SCHOOL

A free service which allows you to access training in Sustainability, Management and Offsite, and offers you the opportunity to attend training and networking events, gain CPD points, complete a self-assessment and get a bespoke action plan, complete e-learning modules and various training resources.

SUPPLY CHAIN ACADEMY

The only worldwide learning centre that focuses solely on the supply chain, offering excellent facilities for executives to learn and stay, with the opportunity to gain university qualifications.

MANUFACTURING ADVISORY SERVICE

Helping to improve activity and capacity in supply chain operations with a team of expert manufacturing advisors working in the field with management teams to formulate long-term strategies, streamline processes and introduce new products to the public.

ACCENTURE

Learning solutions to rapidly advance the skills of supply chain workforces, with hundreds of courses covering product innovation and lifecycle management, supply chain planning, sourcing and procurement, manufacturing, logistics, and customer and service management.

ACHILLES

Runs supplier pre-qualification programmes, validates data, carries out industry audits and mitigates risks, including supply chain risk and performance management in Natural Resources, Industrials and Infrastructure sectors.

HIGHWAYS ENGLAND

Contracts finder service for opportunities with Highways England, as well as information on contract notices in Tenders Electronic Daily for larger contracts.

HS2

Information about upcoming contract opportunities and details of what HS2 will be buying directly and the stage of procurement for each opportunity.

HINCKLEY POINT

As part of its procurement strategy for Hinkley Point C, EDF Energy has formed a Supply Chain Team to engage with contractors and businesses that want to become part of the supply chain.

BAM

Designs, constructs, refurbishes and operates buildings for public and private sector clients, and for its own portfolio of properties.

COSTAIN

Supply Chain Academy supporting and developing SMEs, with procurement focusing on both local and UK suppliers, seeking a collaborative, sustainable supply chain where partners support delivery of efficient, innovative and sustainable solutions.

JACOBS

Seeking new, diverse, and innovative partners and suppliers to enhance project teams and strengthen capabilities for clients’ projects.

BALFOUR BEATTY

Aiming to improve sustainable outcomes for its business and customers through a high performing supply chain, with procurement decisions based on best value and whole-life costs and benefits, as well as environmental, social and economic impact.

MORGAN SINDALL

Seeking to create effective business relationships with supply chain partners and engage with a fully integrated supply chain throughout the construction process, from initial bid through to award and practical completion.

HENRY BOOT

Encouraging suppliers to collaborate with its business in using efficient and innovative techniques to drive up quality and drive down waste.

VINCI CONSTRUCTION

iPortal supply chain system to encourage openness, trust and collaboration in new partnerships with suppliers who feel integral to its business and are most capable of helping it deliver projects on time and within budget.

CAPITA

Supplier registration form for services across many markets, including Local and Central Government, Transport, Education, Health, Life and Pensions, Insurance and Financial Services and the Private Sector.

Business support helpline:
0300 456 3565 (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm)

Business space & premises [to top ↑]

Matching you with facilities to support your business growth.

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is aiming to ensure that local businesses have access to a range of services and facilities which will support their continuing growth.

A key objective is to help increase the range and supply of high quality business locations, appropriate employment sites and suitably-sized commercial premises which will enhance the competitiveness of our local small and medium sized enterprises.

This is important for businesses which aspire to make that important jump in performance, productivity and turnover, and need to expand their premises, take on new staff and increase capacity. It is also critical to ensure that newly created and micro-businesses can access incubator and grow-on business space which matches their individual growth ambitions.

CUMBRIA LEP CONFERENCE & BUSINESS CENTRE

Self-contained business units with fully furnished offices including a ready-to-use IT network and a range of support facilities.

KINGMOOR PARK ENTERPRISE ZONE

Cumbria’s premier business park, near Carlisle, offers over 2 million square feet of space and buildings for industrial, office and warehouse and distribution use.

ALLERDALE BOROUGH COUNCIL

Allerdale is a great location for competitive businesses, with excellent transport links and a vibrant and mixed economy home to a number of major international companies.

BARROW BOROUGH COUNCIL

The council’s property portfolio includes office accommodation, general/light industrial units, retail shop units, warehouses and development land.

CARLISLE CITY COUNCIL

Carlisle City Council provides a free vacant commercial sites (land and premises) search service in tandem with property owners and commercial agents. There are also business units available for rent at Carlisle Enterprise Centre.

COPELAND BOROUGH COUNCIL

Copeland Borough Council’s ‘Open for business’ initiative is designed to support businesses and showcase what the area has to offer.

EDEN DISTRICT COUNCIL

The council’s economic development team offers an extensive database of employment land and premises available in the Eden District, including new properties, property type, location and size.

SOUTH LAKELAND DISTRICT COUNCIL

If you are looking for commercial land, premises or office space in South Lakeland, you can undertake a search via the local district council website.

Business support helpline:
0300 456 3565 (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm)