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CLEP steps up its support programme for Cumbrian businesses

Cumbrian businesses can look forward to an expanded range of cost-free support programmes, courtesy of the Cumbrian Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP).

CLEP’s team of expert advisers is offering a number of new programmes aimed at Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) -- at no charge to participants -- to add to the range already on offer.

They include:

  • Peer Networks -- a national peer-to-peer action learning programme for SME leaders that want to grow and develop their organisations for future success. Delivered locally by a range of trusted delivery partners, diverse cohort groups of individuals are established to collaboratively work through common business issues, from finance and HR to sales, marketing and more. Register your interest at:
  • Help to Grow: Management -- a practical management training programme, delivered locally by Lancaster University in collaboration with industry. The course supports senior managers of SMEs to boost their business performance, resilience and long-term growth. Register at:
  • Net Zero -- CLEP’s Journey to Net Zero Programme will be starting in a few weeks. If you’re an SME at an early stage on the path to net zero emissions, this six week programme will guide you through what the target means for your business and how to prioritise action. Participants will receive guided support to help to build a strategic plan to cut carbon footprint, reduce costs, minimise risk and capitalise on the many opportunities in the net zero world. To register your interest, email our Business Growth Manager
  • Attract, Engage and Retain Power -- This programme will also be starting in a few weeks. Aimed at businesses with five or more employees, the short three hour session will provide support and guidance for business leaders seeking to strengthen their recruitment and retention strategies. To register your interest, email

CLEP Business Growth Manager Lynsey Parke said: “Now more than ever, it’s imperative that we support our businesses across the county.

“Our small businesses need tangible and relevant help and these programmes are part of a series that address specific day to day challenges and opportunities that our business leaders tell us they need to manage. We look forward to continuing to support our local businesses as they work towards a sustainable recovery.”

Whatever your priorities, talk to our team about how we can help you. Contact the team at freephone: 0800 069 6444 or email:

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