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External Support Programmes

Business Support Helpline 08000696444 

Starting a Business

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.

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Business Growth

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:


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

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Business Space & Premises

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 also offers an exceptional landscape where businesses from elsewhere in the UK and overseas can establish a presence. CLEP is working with some of these interested parties and investors to identify suitable locations for them to set up their business. For more information about Inward Investment click here.

    Self-contained business units with fully furnished offices including a ready-to-use IT network and a range of support facilities.
    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 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.
    The council’s property portfolio includes office accommodation, general/light industrial units, retail shop units, warehouses and development land.
    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’s ‘Open for business’ initiative is designed to support businesses and showcase what the area has to offer.
    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.
    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  0800 069 6444

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