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Cumbria: A Place to Thrive

Cumbria is the place to set up a business and see it grow. Whether you’re a local business person interested in starting up a new business, or an international business looking for somewhere new to set up, Cumbria is the place to thrive. Cumbria’s industry has long-standing and robust networks and an open and welcoming business community. And all this, against a backdrop of breathtakingly beautiful landscape.

Cumbria: An Ecosystem for Productivity

CLEP is placing fresh focus on developing a Business Environment that helps inspire and support Cumbrian businesses and ensures our world class business capability is recognised. Above all, through our Local industrial Strategy (LIS) priorities, we are working in partnership with the business community to design an ecosystem that delivers maximum productivity for Cumbria.

Our LIS priorities for Business Environment were:

  • BE1: Develop and nurture a stronger enterprise culture in Cumbria
  • BE2: Increase the rate of fast growing businesses in Cumbria
  • BE3: Develop strong and productive sectors and networks
  • BE4: Enhance and exploit supply chain opportunities
  • BE5: Increase trade and new investment

We have an action plan in place that addresses these priorities. We are implementing programmes to build on the foundations of business support that exist in the county, including business growth, leadership and management programmes, resilience workshops, and networking opportunities.

Cumbria: Open for Business

CLEP is also developing an ambitious internationalisation strategy to promote our Cumbrian businesses to the export markets and get the message out there that Cumbria is ‘open for business’. We are seeking better ways for businesses to navigate through the funding and financing options available so that businesses can easily find the help they need to grow.

Cumbria: Bringing New Ideas Every Day

We are conducting a major mapping of innovation in Cumbria to demonstrate that we are best in class. And are bringing together innovators and entrepreneurs, and providing the peer support needed to help commercialise their great ideas. Our aim is to help foster an ecosystem of Cumbrian industry made up of businesses that have the support to grow, diversify, expand into new markets and prosper.

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