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Five Ways We Can Help You Grow Your Business

Not sure where to go next with your business? Know that you’re ready for growth but unsure of how to do it? Lost a bit of focus and need to get it back? Or is your business developing in a way that you’re not sure of?

Here are five ways that Cumbria LEP can help boost your business. Everything is free, from the phone number you use to contact us, to any time you spend with the team.

1. Book a power hour
Sometimes a short, sharp, focused conversation with someone who doesn’t know your business can be the perfect way to get some clarity. Our advisers can look in from the outside, suggest some short term fixes and give you some ideas for more in-depth support. We fit our offer around your business and there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.

2. Find new connections
We’re here to help connect you to the wide and varied support that’s available locally, regionally and nationally. That could be specialist advice on a particular subject, like marketing, exporting or adopting greener business practices, developing your existing workforce or finding new suitably-skilled staff. We can even connect you with like-minded business leaders, who you might be able to learn from through our Peer Networks programme. You’re not on your own.

3. Boost your coffers
Whether you want to grow, or simply take your business in a new direction, the chances are that you will need some money to do it. We know about sources of funding so you can secure business finance, whether you’re looking for grants or loans, new investors, or micro finance specifically tailored for small businesses. We work closely with government at a national, regional and local level and know what support is available.

4. Develop your workforce
Whether you’re a sole trader or are part of a big team, you can’t afford to stand still. We can help you analyse and develop the skills that you need, sort out training, or even bring in new talent. We have great connections with education providers so you can invest in your workforce and plan for the future.

5. Get independent advice
Our advice is always impartial and designed to fit around your specific needs. We are funded by Government to help business leaders access the independent support and guidance, which is right for their business. Our job is to help business owners cut through the noise and access the help that they need to move their business forward.

Interested? Get in touch.

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