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Business Support & Advice Programme

We are offering fully funded expert Business Support and Professional Services advice to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) across the Cumbria region.

The Business Support and Advice Programme (BSAP) offers up to 3 hours of dedicated advice and support, including expert accountancy and legal advice, which is specifically targeted at the needs of the business. The programme is designed to provide small and medium sized businesses with the tools and skills they need to make an everyday difference to their business and deliver solutions to operational challenges.

Our offer of up to three hours dedicated support includes:

  • Financial Accounting and Sources of Finance for SME Business
  • Planning
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Pricing and Product/Service Validation
  • Business Operations (including Manufacturing and Logistics)
  • Leadership and Management
  • Succession Planning
  • Growth, Productivity & Competitiveness
  • Skills Training
  • Trading Internationally
  • General Business Legislation such as Environmental, GDPR etc.
  • Knowledge of the Wider Business Environment, Trends,
  • Forthcoming Legislation

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CLEP will provide this service hand-in-hand with local professional service businesses and business advisory organisations, to ensure that the package really does meet the need of your business.

The programme is funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and therefore businesses will be able to benefit from this programme at no cost.

To discuss your needs, in confidence, with one of our expert advisers, please email

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