Cumbria Business Advice

Cumbria Business Advice
Cumbria Business Advice

Cumbria businesses are more likely to succeed if they seek and act upon the advice of a professional business adviser. This page should point you in the right direction.

"You don't know, what you don't know" is a great saying and so applicable to starting a business. There are so many considerations in the early stages that taking advice from an experienced business adviser will dramatically increase your chances of success.

See list of local business support organisations below.

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Free Business Planning Resources

The following items are in our FREE start-up pack and can be download individually or as part of the whole pack.

How to Start a Business Step-by-Step
How to Start a Business Step-by-Step

An easy to read, step-by-step guide to setting up your own business. Each step is explained briefly and in plain English.

Business Start-Up Checklist
Business Start-Up Checklist

"You don't know what you don't know!" Make sure that you don't miss anything by plotting your progress with this 125+ point checklist.

Business Start-Up Map
Business Start-Up Map

This very popular infographic provides a colourful visual walk through the start-up process and used to occupy the centre pages of our Start-Up newspapers.

Business Plan Template and Instructions
Business Plan Template and Instructions

One of the most important steps but is often ignored. This document will provide you with a clear road-map for your business.

Start Your Own Business CD
Start Your Own Business CD

We have created a CD based upon the start-up map. You can now download and enjoy the whole of this unique interactive experience.

How to Start a Business Powerpoint Presentation
How to Start a Business Powerpoint Presentation

Designed to compliment the business plan template, this presentation can be personalised and you are welcome to use it (free).

Please note that one-time registration is required to unlock all of the free items on this site.

Latest Advice Articles

If you run your own business in Cumbria and would like to learn more about business planning and how business support organisations can help you, we have compiled a library of useful resources and frequently asked questions which we hope that you will find both interesting and useful.

Cumbria Business Advice

Useful Start-Up Resources

If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the Cumbria area, we would love to promote you here free of charge (add free listing).

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership provides a strategic lead in all activities contributing to the growth and vibrancy of the countys economy and where appropriate takes positive action, using the skills, capabilities and networks of the LEP partners. Its aim is to develop Cumbrias economy while maintaining its uniqueness in terms of landscape, culture and quality of life. The partnership is about much more than allocation of funding and supporting applications for the Regional Growth Fund. It wants to create new working practices, making the most of opportunities to support private sector led investment and initiatives.
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We help both new and existing businesses in the Eden and South Lakeland districts of Cumbria. We also support farmers and rural businesses producing distinctive, Cumbrian products throughout the county.
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he Ways into Successful Enterprise (WiSE) project provides a free and confidential service to help people become self employed, start or grow their own business, develop their skills, and access mainstream business support and training. Other routes into economic activity can be explored. WiSE comprises Enterprise Coaches covering the whole of West Cumbria, providing guidance and support to people who want to explore ideas either individually or in groups. The project is generally based in local community centres or market halls, focussing support for new businesses in the various towns. WiSE also works with other agencies, referring clients as appropriate for grants, training or expert advice. Occasionally individuals have opted for voluntary work or training in order to build their skills before joining or rejoining the job market. WISE can also assist established businesses with information on a range of topics e.g. training, networks, finance, and apprenticeships.
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Start Up Funding